Treatment Plant Operator I/II
City of Abilene - Abilene, TX

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This is skilled work in the operation and maintenance of a treatment plant. Work involves responsibility for the operation and maintenance of equipment in a treatment plant, including such activities as checking operating conditions, gathering samples, adjusting controls and maintaining records. Work also involves making minor repairs and assisting in general maintenance activities at the plant. Knowledge in the operation and maintenance of machinery similar to that of a water plant. Requires high school diploma or equivalent. Operator II position requires a valid class "B" Surface water license from the State of Texas for the operation of a treatment plant. At least two years experience comparable to a Treatment Plant Operator I in the City of Abilene and knowledge of State and Federal regulations related to Water Treatment Plant operations. Shift work will be required. Must have valid Texas Driver’s License with good driving record, driving record check may be required.

Examples of Duties:

Controls and monitors treatment plant chemicals, machines, and equipment to purify and clarify water for human consumption and industrial use.

Performs and records the results of various laboratory tests to assess water quality and to determine optimal chemical treatment, such as pH, alkalinity, turbidity, chlorine residual, hardness, temperature, conductivity and other related tests.

Removes solids from treatment units and backwashes filters as needed.

Maintains the efficiency of plant and laboratory operations, including maintenance of equipment, pumps, filters, and machinery, testing, quality control, and record-keeping procedures.

Calibrates laboratory equipment and adjusts chemical feeders for optimal water treatment.

Maintains plant records, including operations logs, daily diaries, and chemical inventories; compiles reports as required by departmental policies.

Monitors SCADA Systems, pumps, chemical feeders, laboratory equipment, meters and gauges to determine status of various functions of the plant; performs equipment and laboratory preventive maintenance duties.

Reads, calculates, and records water usage hourly/daily basis.

Maintains flows and levels in distribution system and storage tanks.

Performs minor repairs, operations adjustments, and preventive maintenance on plant equipment as needed.

Records phone information about water leaks and reports to appropriate repair crews.

Reads and records chemical usage; fills chemical feeders; mixes chemicals; changes reagents; changes out chlorine cylinders.

Checks motors and pumps for excessive noise and temperatures; reports problems to appropriate personnel.

Performs grounds maintenance and housekeeping duties as needed.

May be required to be on call after hours to respond to emergencies as needed.

Typical Qualifications:

Knowledge of:

State and Federal requirements, rules and regulations for water treatment.

Safe chemical handling practices.

Basic Algebra and General Math skills.

Skill to:

Operate and maintain various laboratory equipment and systems.

Visually, physically and audibly identify anomalies associated with pumps and motors.

Make logical decisions based on data acquired through SCADA and computer systems.

Ability to :

Obtain a minimum of a C Surface Water Operator’s License issued by TCEQ within 24 months of hire date

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Read, write and understand the English language and follow written and oral instructions.

Physically perform duties related to building and grounds maintenance, (i.e. mowing, weed-eating, sweeping, mopping, painting, digging, etc.)

Work variable shift schedules with the potential for short notice schedule changes (the operation runs 24 hours per day, 365 days per year)

Experience and Training Guidelines :
Any combination equivalent to experience and training to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. Knowledge, skills, and abilities may be obtained through:

Treatment Plant Operator I

Experience :
This is an entry level position. Extensive training will be provided within the first year of employment. Continued employment is based on subsequent required licensing.

Education/Training :

High School Diploma or GED is required.

License or Certificate:

Texas Surface Water license is preferred.

Must have a valid Texas Driver’s License.

Treatment Plant Operator II

Experience :

Two years of experience as a Treatment Plant Operator I or similar experience.

Education/Training :

High School Diploma or GED is required.

License or Certificate:

Texas Surface Water license is required.

Must have a valid Texas Driver’s License.

Special Requirements :

All State Licensed Personnel must pass a State of Texas background check. The State of Texas has the authority to grant or deny the required license.

Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, twist, climb, and lift and carry up to 55 lbs.

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