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Water Plant Operator

Company: City of Auburn, AL
Location: Auburn
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Job Description:

JOB SUMMARY

This position is responsible for operating a water treatment plant and water pumping facilities.

MAJOR DUTIES

Participates in plant operations and maintenance activities. (60%)
o Monitors plant operating efficiency by monitoring daily plant chemical use.
o Makes chemical adjustments and flow rate changes as needed.
o Monitors water pressure and tank levels.
o Resolves water treatment problems.
o Off-loads plant chemicals from chemical supply tanker trucks; completes required paperwork.
o Performs routine plant maintenance as needed; lubricates moving parts; cleans and organizes equipment.
o Performs chemical supply pump calibrations.
o Assists in the installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems.
o Maintains plant records, including operating logs, daily journals, inventories and data logs.
o Assists in the maintenance of plant grounds.
o Notifies Water Plant Manager immediately regarding plant upsets, accidents, chemical spills, or other unusual events.
o Monitors and manages the amount of water purchased from adjacent utility.
o Assists in cleaning and maintaining treatment basins to maintain plant operations.

Collects and processes water samples. (30%)
o Performs laboratory analysis of water samples.
o Maintains test data.

Performs related duties. (10%)
o Demonstrates punctual, regular, and reliable attendance.
o Attends meetings, workshops, and training sessions.
o Provides innovative solutions to enhance current processes and procedures and/or resolve workplace issues.
o Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of the operation, maintenance and repair of water treatment plants, pumping facilities, and related infrastructure.
Knowledge of local, state and federal rules, regulations and laws related to the treatment and distribution of drinking water.
Knowledge of water sampling and laboratory analysis procedures.
Knowledge of job-related tools and equipment.
Skill in the operation of computers and job related software programs.
Skill in operating standard office equipment.
Skill in performing basic mathematical calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentages.
Skill in decision making and problem solving.
Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public.
Skill in oral and written communication.
Ability to work cooperatively with others.
Ability to work independently.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS

The Water Plant Manager assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.

GUIDELINES

Guidelines include Alabama Department of Environmental Management regulations, plant standard operating procedures, Environmental Protection Agency rules and regulations, relevant local, state and federal laws, City and department policies and procedures, and City of Auburn Core Values, Vision, and Mission statements. These guidelines are generally clear and specific, but may require some interpretation in application.

COMPLEXITY/SCOPE OF WORK

The work consists of related duties in the operation of a water treatment plant, pumping facilities, and water distribution system. Strict regulations and inclement weather contribute to the complexity of the position.
The purpose of this position is to operate a water treatment plant. Success in this position contributes to the efficient and effective delivery of safe drinking water to area residents.

CONTACTS

Contacts are typically with co-workers, representatives of state and federal agencies, vendors, contractors, and members of the general public.
Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, and provide services.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, walking, bending, crouching or stooping. The employee frequently lifts light objects weighing less than 24 pounds and heavy objects weighing 24 or more pounds, climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, distinguishes between shades of color, and utilizes the sense of smell.
The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee may be exposed to noise, dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, contagious or infectious diseases, and irritating chemicals. Work requires the use of personal protective equipment such as specialized clothing, goggles, masks, boots, gloves, and other protective devices as required.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education; and
Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain and Alabama Grade IV license for water treatment.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

Keywords: City of Auburn, AL, Auburn , Water Plant Operator, Other , Auburn, Alabama

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