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Plant Operator A or B/C WTP

at City of Loveland

Posted: 2/8/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 485a1fec-b023-4036-a007-e796090b5527
Keywords: service

Job Description

Plant Operator B/C

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Monitors parameters, flows, and equipment at the treatment facility.  Reacts to impending process problems.  Recognizes and records unusual conditions or circumstances in the treatment processes.  Notifies higher level personnel and Lead Operator of problems with unit and treatment processes.  Adjusts valves, flows, and feed rates as required to maintain proper plant functioning and treatment..  Notes all job completions, observations and changes in daily logs.  Provides  training to less experienced personnel.  Performs all required testing and sampling procedures  with accepted techniques and at scheduled times.  Maintains cleanliness in operator’s laboratory.  Performs maintenance and calibration on laboratory equipment.  Monitors test results for accuracy, completeness, and unusual results.    Maintains cleanliness in laboratory, process areas and buildings and grounds. Performs required maintenance and calibration on laboratory equipment and on-line analyzers.  Performs basic calculations based on test results. 

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:

Collects data.  Answers telephone and responds to complaints and inquiries from the general public.  Maintains all graphs, trend charts, worksheets and computer spreadsheets.  Takes part in special grounds, building or equipment modification projects.  Assists maintenance or technical service personnel in grounds, building, or equipment maintenance. Major equipment and process upkeep.

SUPERVISORY DUTIES:

 None

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge, skills and abilities:

Thorough knowledge of methods, equipment and procedures used in water/wastewater analysis. Considerable knowledge of mathematics and knowledge of regulatory standards relative to wastewater discharge limits and / or water quality standards. Ability to apply logic of the scientific methods to solve problems encountered in laboratory testing. Ability to assimilate and interpret scientific data as required for the methodologies utilized. Ability to effectively train plant personnel in operations and required lab procedures and techniques orally and in writing. Ability to perform all sampling and testing procedures, such as turbidity, pH, chlorine residual, settleometer, dissolved oxygen, etc. in specialty area, i.e. water or wastewater.  Must have working knowledge of SCADA and HMI systems.  Ability to perform flow, dosage, loading and other applicable calculations manually.  Ability to inspect and determine status of equipment and unit processes using audio, visual, aromatic and tactile indicators.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and supervisor.

Core competencies:

Accountability, Collaboration, Service, Courtesy and kindness, Innovation, Integrity and Safety

Job specific competencies:

Job Knowledge, Trouble shooting, Reporting, Initiative, Maintenance

Education and/or experience:

High school diploma or general education degree (GED). Specialized training and / or education in treatment plant operations is desirable.

Licensure and/or certifications:

Must meet the minimum experience requirements for a Class B / C plant operator certification in accordance with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) latest Regulation 100 in the appropriate specialty area; i.e., water or wastewater.  Must have experience with SCADA and HMI systems.

Material and equipment directly used:

Telephone, 2-way radio, personal computer equipment, calculator, vehicle, safety equipment, breathing apparatus, laboratory equipment and instrumentation

Working conditions and physical requirements:

Work is performed in a standard laboratory and office environment that may involve climbing ladders, stairs and steps and traversing catwalk.  Grating, pushing, pulling, bending, stooping and kneeling on a frequent basis, and working in confined spaces. Work may also require working outside in all weather conditions and at all times of the day. Work may involve coming into regular and sometimes long-term contact with bacteria and odorous, infectious and obnoxious material. Work may involve performing sampling calibration or equipment calibration/maintenance often in difficult areas. Strenuous physical work involving moving, positioning, pushing, pulling or manipulating objects up to 150 pounds occasionally and/or moving, positioning and carrying loads of up to 50 pounds upstairs and loading on four-foot high surfaces frequently. Manual dexterity is required to complete work tasks through safe and proper operation of power and hand tools and machinery. Ability to use self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), gas monitoring equipment, safety tripod and harness and any other required safety equipment for entering both high and low hazard confined spaces. Ability to work unsupervised and alone on both day and night shifts. Ability to respond to audio alarms and phone calls. Ability to work rotating shifts, including weekends, holidays and overtime (as directed).   

Plant Operator A

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Monitors parameters, flows and equipment.  Assists in using accepted methods to produce the highest quality product in an economical manner.  Reacts to impending process problems in a timely and proper manner.  Assists personnel in meeting target parameters.  Performs and participates in all testing and sampling schedules with accepted techniques and at scheduled times.  Interprets test results and makes process adjustments and changes to optimize treatment processes.  Trains and assists less experienced staff as needed with operation of the treatment plant. Performs calculations based on test results.  Keeps all records of parameters and accurate results up to date and neat.  Generates reports on energy usage or conservation, process parameters, and other subjects.  Maintains graphs and trend charts in a neat and current condition.  Enters data into computer accurately and on time.  Records operational changes, observations and completed jobs daily.  Monitors treatment efficiencies and levels by performing and participating in all testing and sampling schedules with accepted techniques and at scheduled times.  Maintains cleanliness in laboratory.  Performs maintenance and calibration of laboratory and on-line treatment plant equipment and field devices.  May act as Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC), as mandated by state certification board

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:

Maintains all applicable data acquisition, records and archives. Performs duties as necessary to fill in as acting Lead Plant Operator during absences of the Lead Plant Operator.

SUPERVISORY DUTIES:

None

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

Thorough knowledge of methods, equipment and procedures used in water analysis. Must have extensive experience and knowledge of SCADA and HMI systems.

Extensive knowledge of mathematics, sciences and regulatory standards relative to wastewater discharge standards for the City’s NPDES discharge permit and / or water quality standards. Ability to apply logic of the scientific methods to solve problems encountered in laboratory testing. Ability to assimilate and interpret scientific data as required for the methodologies utilized. Ability to effectively plan personnel in operations and lab procedures and techniques orally and in writing. Ability to perform all instrument calibrations, sampling and testing procedures, such as turbidity, pH, chlorine residual, fluoride, alkalinity, aluminum etc. used in water treatment. Must have knowledge of water construction, rehabilitation, specifications and safety practices. Ability to understand design/construction drawings and provide review comments and discussions with Water and Power staff, engineers, and contractors. Ability to perform flow, dosage, loading and other applicable calculations manually.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and supervisor.

Core competencies:

Accountability, Collaboration, Service, Courtesy and kindness, Innovation, Integrity and Safety

Job specific competencies:

Job Expertise; Problem Solving; Reporting; Maintenance; Coaching

Education, and/or experience:

High school diploma or general education degree (GED) preferred. Specialized training or education in treatment plant operation is required.

Licensure and/or certifications:

Must possess a State of Colorado Class A Water Operator and Certified Water Professional (CWP) license or comparable water treatment certification (preferably obtained through ABC certification testing) or the ability to obtain one within . 90 days of hire.

Material and equipment directly used:

Telephone, two-way radio, personal computer equipment, calculator, vehicle, safety equipment, breathing apparatus, laboratory equipment and instrumentation

Working conditions and physical requirements:

Work is performed in a standard laboratory and office environment that may involve climbing ladders, stairs and steps,traversing catwalk grating, , pushing, pulling, bending, stooping and kneeling on a frequent basis, and working in confined spaces. Work may also require working outside in all weather conditions and at all times of the day. Work may involve coming into regular and sometimes long-term contact with bacteria and odorous, infectious and obnoxious material. Work may involve performing sampling calibration or equipment calibration/maintenance often in difficult areas. Strenuous physical work involving moving, positioning, pushing, pulling or manipulating objects up to 150 pounds occasionally and/or moving, positioning and carrying loads of up to 50 pounds upstairs and loading on four-foot high surfaces frequently. Manual dexterity is required to complete work tasks through safe and proper operation of power and hand tools. Ability to inspect and determine status of equipment and unit processes using audio, visual, aromatic and tactile indicators. Ability to use self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), gas monitoring equipment, safety tripod and harness and any other required safety equipment for entering both high and low hazard confined spaces. Ability to work unsupervised and alone on both day and night shifts. Ability to respond to audio alarms and phone calls. Required to work rotating shifts, including weekends, holidays and overtime (as directed). Required to participate in rotating on-call shift where after-hours work may be required.

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

A driving record and criminal history background check will be obtained pre-employment.

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