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WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves assisting in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant during an assigned shift. Under immediate supervision of a higher level Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, the employee assists in the safe and efficient operation of a wastewater treatment plant. Employees have full responsibility of master controls when supervisor is on rounds of plant. Supervision may be exercised over the work of subordinate employees. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Starts, stops, and adjusts pumps, motors, air compressors, and related machinery and equipment.
Records readings from meters and gauges.
Takes samples of wastewater for testing.
Makes necessary tests for control of plant operation.
Keeps a log of plant operations and related records.
Alternates with the higher level Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator in making tours of inspection.
Performs related work as required.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of the practices used and the equipment required in the operation of the wastewater treatment plant.
Working knowledge of elementary principles of chemistry and general sciences as applied to wastewater treatment and disposal.
Ability to operate pumps, valves, and mechanical equipment.
Ability to read, understand and record data from gauges, scales and meters.
Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Ability to work well as a team member.
Ability to participate in rotational on-call program to include nights, weekends, and holidays.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
A) Graduation from a high school or possession of a New York State High School Equivalency diploma, plus one (1) year of work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in the actual operation** of a wastewater treatment plant, which will include, but are not limited to: takes samples of wastewater and laboratory testing on these samples; keep a log of plant operations and related records; start, stop and adjust pumps, motors, air compressors and related machinery and equipment; record readings from meters and gauges; or,
B) Successful completion of thirty (30) credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees in a program of Public Health Technology, Environmental Technology, Environmental Studies or Sciences, or the Water Wastewater Technology option of Science Laboratory Technology, approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; or,
C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.
NOTE: Satisfactory completion of the New York State Operator's Course for Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators, and New York State Laboratory Course for Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators, and New York State Activated Sludge Course for Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators may be substituted for the above minimum qualifications.
**Experience in Wastewater Treatment Plant maintenance alone, either mechanical or electrical, is not qualifying.
SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENT
When required to operate motor vehicles, employees must possess a valid non-CDL or CDL with appropriate endorsements as required by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles for the class of vehicle(s) being operated.
Prior to completion of probationary period, must obtain Grade 1A Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification.