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Treatment Plant Operator Trainee
 
Work Location:Department of Public Works
 
Starting Salary:10.277 Hourly / $21,376 Annual
 
Pay Grade:1090
 
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the close training and supervision of an employee of a higher classification, performs semiskilled work in the operation of sewage plant equipment on an assigned shift. Work involves responsibility for assisting in the safe operation, maintenance and reparation of a sewage treatment plant or pumping station. Performs a variety of water or wastewater treatment plant operations during an assigned shift to assist in maintaining the proper water or effluent standards as required. Employees of this class may be required to work shift work, overtime or be on twenty-four hour call. Work is reviewed through inspection of ongoing and completed work. Performs other work as requested.
 
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Routine cleaning and lubrication of specified equipment. Reads and records equipment settings and chemical levels; maintains other logs and records as specified. Performs a variety of other tests and functions related to the safe operation of water or wastewater plant. Assists in performing minor repair to pumps, motors, and other equipment; replaces equipment when necessary. Repairs broken water and chlorine lines.
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the processes involved in the purification of water or the treatment of sewage, including some practical understanding of chemistry. Knowledge of how to inspect machinery and mechanical equipment in operation and to detect flaws and defects in operation. Ability to learn the function and servicing requirements of mechanical equipment and machinery in treatment plants. Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions. Ability to read simple meters and charts accurately and maintain simple records. Ability to perform simple arithmetical computations. Ability to work effectively with coworkers and the public. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE
High school diploma, GED, or equivalent certificate of competency.
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
 
CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES
None.
 
OTHER JOB ASPECTS
None.
 
JOB CODE:151505
 
EXAMINATION
Treatment Plant Operator Trainee exam required. Written examinations are available on most Tuesdays, 8:00 -8:30 am, check-in, Thursdays, *12:00 - 12:30 pm, and Fridays, (for current openings only) 8:00 -8:30 am check-in. Please call Human Resources Recruiting and Examination at 389-3132 to confirm testing dates and times. Test check-in is on a first come-first served basis. There are occasions where the test room is filled to capacity and applicants are asked to return on another day for testing. *Where written exam volume is expected to be high, check-in of applicants may begin as early as 11:30 am in order to complete the check-in process prior to the required 12:30 cut-off time.
 
APPLICATION NOTE
In your employment application, please provide details about prior experience such as: nature of mechanical and electrical maintenance and repairs done, voltage worked with, experience with PLCs and VFDs, environment worked in, inspection duties performed, types of pumps maintained/repaired/rebuilt, types of samples taken and tests run, records maintained etc. Also be detailed about your education, training and certifications/licenses and bring supporting documentation with your application.