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Utility Plant Operator

Performs technical work in the operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant, conducting regular plant inspections, recording readings, taking samples, performing routine tests, ensuring proper plant operation, maintaining records and files, preparing reports, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the moderate supervision of the Water Treatment Plant Superintendent/ORC.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Collects water samples; performs standard chemical and biological tests including jar testing; completes lab analysis of treated and untreated water to ensure and improve quality; makes chemical and other adjustments as needed; back washes filters.
  • Makes regular inspections of plant and equipment to ascertain that it is in proper operation at all times; monitors water plant operations including water flow, chemical feeds, tank levels, generators, pumps, settling tanks, filters, clarifiers, chlorinators, and other equipment.
  • Changes plant process as necessary to improve plant efficiency.
  • Reads meters, gauges, and dials and keeps logs of readings; maintains time and temperature logs.
  • Checks chlorine, pH, and turbidity levels on routine basis during shift; enters results in computer.
  • Regulates and adjusts motors, pumps, blowers, valves, and other apparatus to meet changing operating conditions as directed by supervisor.
  • Replaces chlorine cylinders and regulates the flow of chlorine.
  • Performs general custodial and grounds maintenance work.
  • Starts and stops pumps as needed for daily usage.
  • Performs troubleshooting, repair, installation, maintenance, and lubrication on equipment.
  • Drains and washes out sediment basins.
  • Orders chemicals and other lab supplies; unloads trucks.
  • Prepares reports and other types of correspondence; prepares and maintains files and records.
  • Performs water quality tests; performs sterility tests on new products.

Some knowledge of the operating characteristics and maintenance requirements of a water treatment plant; some knowledge of hydraulic, chemical, and mechanical principles pertinent to water treatment plant operations; some knowledge of the occupational hazards of the work and of the necessary safety precautions; some knowledge of and ability to operate standard office equipment and associated software; ability to detect flaws in the operation of equipment and to effect proper remedial measures; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; ability to read meters and charts accurately; skill in the use and care of hand and power tools; ability to keep records and prepare reports; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates.

High school diploma or GED and minimal experience in water treatment plant operations, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

This work requires the regular exertion of up to 10 pounds of force, frequent exertion of up to 25 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force; work frequently standing, walking and lifting and occasionally requires sitting, speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, reaching with hands and arms, tasting or smelling, pushing or pulling and repetitive motions; work has standard vision requirements; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, using of measuring devices, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work frequently requires exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals and occasionally requires wet, humid conditions (non-weather), working near moving mechanical parts, working in high, precarious places, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, exposure to outdoor weather conditions, exposure to the risk of electrical shock, exposure to vibration and exposure to blood borne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment; work is generally in a loud noise location (e.g. grounds maintenance, heavy traffic).

Required to obtain a NC WTFOCB Grade C Surface Water Treatment certification within eighteen months of hire.

Valid driver's license in the State of North Carolina.

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