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WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR (TYPE A PLANT)
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for the operation of the type A wastewater treatment plant in a School District. An employee in this class is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the plant. The type A plant has an activated sludge process, which means a biological wastewater treatment process in which a mixture of wastewater and activated sludge is agitated and aerated. The activated sludge is subsequently separated from the treated wastewater by sedimentation and wasted or returned to the process as needed. The incumbent works largely independently with general supervision received from an administrative superior. Supervision is not exercised by this class. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Starts, stops and adjusts pumps, motors, air compressors and related machinery and equipment.
Takes samples of wastewater for testing and ensures periodic testing of same by certified laboratory as required by regulation.
Takes and/or reviews taking of water samples as prescribed by relevant regulation.
Supplements chlorination of water as required and consistent with relevant regulation.
Makes necessary tests for the control of plant operations.
Keeps a log of plant operations and related records.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of the practices used and the equipment required in the operation of a type A wastewater treatment plant.
Working knowledge of elementary principles of chemistry and general science as applied to wastewater treatment and disposal.
Ability to operate pumps, valves and mechanical equipment.
Ability to make routine laboratory and field tests for control of plant operations.
Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Possession of a current Grade 2A, Grade 3A or Grade 4A certificate issued under the provisions of part 650 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Regulations.