The Wastewater Operator A is a non-exempt technical position that reports to the WWTP Operations Manager. The position requires full journey level knowledge, experience, and skills, which must be certified by the State of Colorado at the wastewater treatment class “A” level, and the ability to perform physical labor, make decisions, and supervise subordinates.
FULL DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATION
Duties & Responsibilities:
Controls and monitors wastewater treatment plant equipment and processes including activated sludge, anaerobic digestion, biosolids de-watering and management, disinfection, polymer and chemical feed systems, pumps, boilers, and gravity and dissolved air flotation thickeners
Makes process control and/or system integrity decisions about water quality that may affect public health or the environment
Takes responsibility for treatment quality control and must make timely operational adjustments to systems and processes
Takes responsibility for being on standby as scheduled, for responding to all call out alarms within 60 minutes from the time of the alarm, and for making appropriate corrections and notations in the operations log
Makes frequent facility inspections or supervises such inspections to insure facility security, the integrity of the equipment, and the treatment processes
Performs laboratory and process control test procedures including those for chlorine residual, turbidity, primary and secondary solids inventory, TSS, DO, pH, BOD, and other process test procedures, and may perform more advanced laboratory test procedures
Performs physical labor including lifting bags of chemicals weighing up to 50 pounds, and draining and cleaning process tanks
Assists in inspecting, lubricating, and maintaining plant equipment, grounds and buildings and performs other related duties as required
Operates biosolids handling, treating, drying, and land application equipment
Operates heavy equipment such as trucks, loaders, and tractors within the treatment facility and may operate such equipment on public streets when properly licensed
Operates biosolids de-watering equipment such as centrifuges
May change toxic chemical cylinders such as gaseous chlorine and sulfur dioxide on chemical systems as assigned
May be required to prepare and apply chlorine solutions of specified concentrations from solid or liquid bulk chemicals
Operates, cleans, and assists with maintaining an ultraviolet radiation disinfection system
Maintains and prepares reports such as operating logs, local station data recording logs, process control reports, biosolids production and tracking reports, chain of custody documents, and incident reports
Uses computer information systems including SCADA, handheld electronic data equipment such as a PDA and application systems including spreadsheets and databases
Makes timely reports of situations and anomalies to supervisors with telephone, verbal and written communications
Is responsible for using proper sampling techniques, sample quality control, sample timeliness, and following the schedule of sampling events related to process control and as required by the discharge monitoring schedule
May perform the duties of similar classifications of equal or lower pay grade
Requires good hearing to communicate with other staff members, hear audible alarms and listen to equipment to detect possible problems.
Heavy lifting of up to 50 pounds is an essential function of this position.
The individual must comply with respiratory protection equipment fit standards by maintaining shaved facial hair within and near the interface of the mask-to-face seal for full-face masks and half-face respirators.
The incumbent must be able to perform a full range of body movements and manual dexterity to inspect, maintain and replace electrical breakers, capacitors, and other electrical system components; operate and adjust equipment or controls; perform work on a computer; drive City vehicles; and perform other essential functions.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
The Wastewater Operator A shall possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
Detailed knowledge of wastewater treatment processes, operations, equipment, safety and operating principles;
Working knowledge of wastewater chemistry and biology;
Working knowledge of mathematics including algebra and geometry;
Working knowledge of reporting and record keeping methods consistent with discharge monitoring requirements including automated information systems;
Skills and the ability to operate hand tools, heavy equipment and process equipment;
Ability to communicate, interface, and work as a team with supervisors and other employees;
Ability to make sound decisions based on the logical gathering of information;
Ability to assist in the training and supervision of others; and
Skill and ability with a personal computer and its software programs.
The Wastewater Operator A shall possess the following minimum qualifications in addition to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above:
At least a high school diploma or its GED equivalent (associate’s degree or higher is desirable);
A Colorado Class A Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator’s Certificate, or an equivalent certification from another state with the ability to obtain a Colorado operator’s certificate through reciprocity within twelve (12) months of appointment;
At least three (3) years of experience in the operations and maintenance at a mechanical activated sludge facility; and
A valid driver’s license at the time of application and a valid Colorado driver’s license within 90 days of appointment, which must be maintained throughout the term of employment.
Supervisory experience is highly desired.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
This position may be exposed to noise, moving parts, heights, dangerous chemicals and conditions, disease, extreme weather, and other dangerous conditions. This position must be willing to work overtime, be called back for emergencies, and be willing and able to work in confined space locations and may be required to enter toxic atmospheres using a respirator or self-contained breathing apparatus. This position will be required to perform heavy lifting and climbing stairs and ladders.
All required licenses and certifications listed above must be maintained throughout the term of employment. Failure to obtain or maintain licenses and certifications will result in demotion or termination.
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