Water Plant Operator
Company: City of Auburn, AL
Posted on: June 1, 2021
This position is responsible for operating a water treatment plant
and water pumping facilities.
Participates in plant operations and maintenance
o Monitors plant operating efficiency by monitoring daily plant
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
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
o Assists in cleaning and maintaining treatment basins to maintain
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
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
Skill in operating standard office equipment.
Skill in performing basic mathematical calculations such as
addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and
Skill in decision making and problem solving.
Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the
Skill in oral and written communication.
Ability to work cooperatively with others.
Ability to work independently.
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 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 are typically with co-workers, representatives of state
and federal agencies, vendors, contractors, and members of the
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.
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
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.
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