WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR
The work involves the responsibility of operating and maintaining either a facility for employing the activated sludge process, or any similar process, including all modifications of a facility employing any biological, physical, or chemical treatment process other than activated sludge and the stabilization or oxidation pond processes depending on the municipality's plant type. Work is performed under the general supervision of a supervisor to ensure that the work meets standards. Does related work as required.
Oversees the operation of a wastewater treatment plant to assure the most economical and efficient use of equipment and supplies on an assigned shift.
Operates incinerator, controlling feed rate, draft, temperature, shaft speed, ash removal and emissions. Performs laboratory tests for control of plant operations. Records readings of meters and gauges. Maintains inventory of bulk chemicals and other plant supplies. Monitors sludge deliveries from other municipalities. Starts and stops pumps, motors, air compressors, and related machinery and equipment. Makes minor repairs to machinery and equipment. Treats and disposes of sludge. Takes sample of sewage for testing.
Performs custodial duties in connection with the cleaning and maintenance of plant buildings and grounds. Keeps a log of plant operations and related records.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:
Good knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant; good knowledge of the principles and applications of physics, chemistry and bacteriology as applied to wastewater treatment and disposal; working knowledge of the tools, equipment and terminology used in the maintenance and repair of wastewater treatment systems; ability to read, understand and record data from gauges, scales and meters; ability to make routine laboratory and field tests for control of plant operations; ability to follow oral and written directions; skill in the operation and repair of pumps, valves and related mechanical and electrical equipment; mechanical aptitude; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Possession of a high school diploma or its equivalency. Must possess and maintain a valid NYS driver’s license as a term and condition of employment.
Applicants must possess a NYSDEC Grade 2 Wastewater Operators certification
$20 – 25 per hour, commensurate with qualifications and experience.