Wednesday , 25 April 2018

Water Treatment Plant Operator

Salary – $56,659.20 – $66,435.20 Annually
Location – Oak Creek, WI
Job Type – Full Time
Department – Water & Sewer Utility
Job Number – 20180119
Closing – 2/2/2018 4:00 PM Central

Summary Description

Summary Description:
Under general supervision of the Plant Manager, performs all work necessary for the proper operation and maintenance of the water treatment plant, reservoirs and pumping facilities.

Duties, Functions and Supervision/Accountability

Principal Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Operates water treatment facilities under computer and manual control, determines efficient operation by observing operation, interpreting results, and recording plant performance on designated forms.
  • Makes periodic inspections of various operating stations, reads and records information and statistical data secured from recording charts and gauges, and logs operational functions.
  • Performs laboratory tests using various equipment such as: microprocessor, spectrophotometer, titrator, and turbidimeter.  Examples of tests are: P.H. Total and Free Chlorine, Alkalinity, Ammonia, Carbon Dioxide, hardness, Calcium, Fluoride, and various bacteriological tests.
  • Has knowledge of computers and associated equipment, ability to trouble shoot and calibrate computer cards.  Ability to trace electrical circuits and use standard test equipment, such as digital V.O.M., current generator, and volt amp meter; understands various types of equipment i.e.:  DC motor drives, tone and pulse transmitting and receiving units, pressure transducers, converters, and pneumatic control circuits.
  • The ability to perform light and heavy maintenance on all equipment, including low pressure boilers, dehumidification units, air-conditioning units, pumps, standby engines, chlorinators, Potassium Permanganate and Caustic Soda feed systems, various pumping and water treatment equipment.  Maintenance includes: trouble shooting, repairing, greasing, changing oil, adjusting and changing packings, changing filters, inspects and changes belts, and cleans and paints equipment as necessary.
  • Responsible for unloading chemicals and supplies, mixing and applying chemicals to water in prescribed amounts.  Requires safe handling of dangerous chemicals.
  • Inspect, maintain, and clean the shore well, flocculation and sedimentation basins, reclaim basin, sludge basin, channels, filters, clear wells, and reservoirs.
  • Performs custodial duties necessary to maintain the treatment facilities and its grounds in proper working order and good appearance.  Examples of these duties include: scrubbing and waxing floors, washing windows, vacuuming offices, cleaning restrooms, clearing snow from walks and drives, cutting grass, fertilizing, applying weed killers, and trimming shrubs, bushes, and trees.
  • Trouble shoots and performs maintenance on telemetering equipment from the sewer lift stations to the water treatment plant.
  • Trouble shoots and performs maintenance on all peripheral installations: ie. but not limited to booster stations, reservoirs, and towers.
  • Conduct tours through the Water Treatment Facilities in a professional manner.
  • Performs such other and additional duties as may be required.


Job Specifications:

  • Requires knowledge and understanding of methods, materials, equipment, tool, and processes used in the operations and maintenance of a surface water treatment plant.
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal, with an ability to create effective interpersonal relationships with co-workers and citizens.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions, read maps, and understand basic blue prints and engineering drawings.
  • Must be able to work in high places, deep underground vaults, confined spaces, on ladders or platforms, on roofs, in hazardous areas, and with hazardous chemicals.
  • Maintains a good safety attitude, abides by all safety rules, reports unsafe conditions to his/her supervisor and is responsible for using provided safety equipment and apparel.
  • This job specification should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position.
  • Incumbents will follow any other related duties, as may be required by your supervisor.

License and Certifications:

  • Requires a Department of Natural Resources Waterworks Operator Grade T or 1 in sub-class “S” within 6 months of employment.  Loss of license may be cause for demotion or termination.
  • Requires satisfactory completion of California State University, Sacramento, Water Treatment Plant Operation Course, Volume I and II, within six months of hire.
  • Requires possession of valid Wisconsin motor vehicle operators license.  Loss of license may be cause for demotion or termination.

Minimum Education:

  • High school diploma required.
  • Two-year associate degree in water and wastewater or five years experience in above field preferred.

Special Conditions of Work
Work Conditions:

  • Position requires ability to work various shift sequences, weekends, and holidays.
  • Must be able to respond to work for emergencies at any hour of the day or night.
  • Must be physically capable of moving about through the treatment and pumping facilities, by walking, crawling, climbing, stooping, etc. .  The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 50 lbs., with or without accommodation.

Selection Guidelines

This job is covered by a process that includes, but is not limited to the completion of a formal application, the rating and verification of education and experience, oral interviews and a reference check. Job related tests may be required as determined by the City. All applicants may be required to submit to a stringent medical examination prior to appointment consistent with requirements of the position. All appointees may be fingerprinted and a record check made of local, state or federal authorities. A conviction is not an automatic bar to employment.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Agency – City of Oak Creek

Address – 8040 S. 6th Street,  Oak Creek, Wisconsin, 53154
Phone – 414-766-7000


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