Wednesday , 23 January 2019

Clean Water Operator

CITY OF WAUKESHA invites applications for the position of: Clean Water Operator

SALARY:                                            $25.27 – $34.11 Hourly

OPENING DATE:                              01/03/19

CLOSING DATE:                               01/25/19 04:00 PM

DESCRIPTION:  This position performs skilled work to operate the City’s wastewater treatment and biosolids processing. It includes monitoring equipment, data analysis, process adjustments, and maintenance of treatment plant equipment.

Hourly pay rate: $25.27; maximum $34.11 achieved through merit increases.


  1. Makes regular tours of the plant to check equipment, report malfunctions and unsafe condition
  2. Records readings from meters and instruments to check functioning of equipment at the plant; ability to read and understand schematics and blueprints
  3. Regulates and adjusts motors, pumps, engines, valves and other apparatus to meet changing operating conditions
  4. Collects samples of wastewater and sludge from the different treatment units for laboratory analysis
  5. Cleans and services pumps, engines, motors and other equipment
  6. Performs and reports preventive and corrective maintenance on plant wastewater equipment
  7. Responds to alarms and emergencies at the plant and lift stations including operation of emergency generators and other equipment
  8. Paints, cleans and does other maintenance to buildings and grounds
  9. Operates and follows the process control guidelines set for the CWP by management in accordance with the WPDES permit
  10. Performs work on grounds maintenance; ie: grass cutting, snow removal, and ice abatment
  11. Required to be “on-call” for response to alarms and emergencies at the CWP and lift stations; may be required to operate emergency generators and other equipment
  12. Replaces the Lab Tech on a rotating basis; performs all standard laboratory procedures related to plant process and WPDES discharge permit
  13. Performs lab work; performs laboratory tests related to plant operations and WPDES discharge permit
  14. Performs work in tanks, confined spaces and high locations
  15. Inspects and maintains safety equipment including all confined entry equipment and fall protection equipment. Sets up confined entry equipment; performs confined entries


Graduation from a technical school or college with an Associate’s Degree or equivalent in electronics and mechanical operations related to wastewater treatment plant operations or related trades, and 4 – 6 years of experience in wastewater treatment plant and lift station operations; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the following knowledge, ability and skills:
Knowledge of

Department policies and procedures.

Business English, including grammar, punctuation, format and tone.

Operating characteristics and maintenance requirements of a wastewater treatment plant. Hydraulic, chemical and mechanical principles related to wastewater treatment plant operations. The use of electrical meters, testers and generators.

Process control parameters, lab work, and the use of testing equipment. Occupational hazards and the proper safety methods and procedures used to avoid or minimize risks.

The use of specialized equipment used in the monitoring and process control of the plant.

The use of standard office equipment including computers and specified software programs.

(e.g., HMI, GIS and SCADA).

General office procedures and the use of standard office equipment and relevant software programs.

Ability to:

Multitask and prioritize workload. Understand and carry out instructions.

Work independently with minimal supervision.

Diagnose mechanical operations equipment problems and determine proper remedial measures. Use plant monitoring and control software.

Make appropriate adjustments to treatment plant equipment, buildings and grounds. Perform light to heavy physical tasks under varying weather conditions, and work in confined spaces (training provided).

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, supervisors, coworkers and the general public.

Skill in:

Oral and written communications.

The operation of specialized equipment used to perform the essential job functions. Dealing courteously and professionally with others.

Necessary Special Requirements:

Valid Wisconsin driver’s license with excellent driving record; the ability to complete a pre- employment post offer physical to include drug and alcohol screening upon hire; requires certification(s) in 2 or more of the following: HVAC, electromechanical; plumbing, welding and/or heavy equipment operation; DNR General Wastewater Operator certification, Wastewater subclasses – within one year of hire.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed both indoors and outside; hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office and other specialized equipment.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, prolonged visual concentration and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, talk and hear; use hands and fingers to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.

The employee is frequently required to bend, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee may frequently be exposed to adverse weather and other unpleasant conditions such as heat, cold, wetness and humidity; dim or bright lights, dust, odors, noise, vibrations, toxic agents, electrical currents and disease.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.


201 Delafield Street, Room 205

Waukesha, WI 53188



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