Under general supervision, performs responsible technical work in the operation and maintenance of the Water Treatment Plant and its associated facilities on as assigned shift. Work involves the raw water delivery system including reservoirs and raw water piping and pumping facilities; the production of potable water through proper treatment, and processing to ensure compliance with United States Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission of Environmental Quality regulations; and the delivery of that potable water to the distribution system. Reports to the Public Works Director &/or City Manager.
The “B” operator must achieve a higher level of training and testing for certification; is eligible for Rotating Lead Operator after a specified period of time; and may be assigned certain supervisory duties.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Operates all plant processes to include raw water flow, sedimentation basins, filters, transfer pumping, and high service pumping.
Operates all plant equipment such as pumps, motors, valves, electrical switch-gear, SCADA.
Performs filter operation and backwash according to established procedures.
Monitors and maintains system pressure.
Performs operation and maintenance of water tanks and towers and maintains proper water levels.
Monitors chemical systems and assures proper chemical dosages. Makes chemical adjustments, as necessary.
Monitors SCADA computer system and chart recorders to assure proper operation of all plant processes, water tower levels, raw water controls, turbidity, filter performance, chlorination residual, pressure, etc.
Monitors reservoir level and city reservoirs.
Performs daily laboratory analyses in accordance with state and federal requirements.
Responsible for recording data in daily logs, calibration records, reservoir pumpage forms, etc., in accordance with established procedures.
Responsible for receiving chemical deliveries in accordance with established procedures.
Ensures and maintains water quality in accordance with state and federal regulations and in accordance with TCEQ optimization guidelines.
Performs bacteriological and chemical sampling and analysis in distribution system.
Responsible for water quality monitoring in the distribution system. Must flush hydrants and dead-end mains as required.
Responds to customer inquiries and complaints, as necessary.
Refers to Standard Operating Procedures, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality rules and regulations, TEEX training manuals, MSDS, RMP and Hazmat, instrument manuals, policy and procedure manuals, computer manuals, codes / laws / regulations, publications, and reference tests, etc.
Operates a pick up truck, tractor, mower, weed-eater and a variety of equipment such as personal computer, radio equipment, air conditioner, laboratory equipment, chemical pumps, transfer pumps, filter pumps, calculators, etc.
Uses a variety of tools such as mechanic tools, laboratory instruments, diagnostic instruments, valve key, etc.; a variety of supplies such as laboratory testing, clerical supplies, janitorial supplies, etc.; and a variety of computer software such as Microsoft Excel, Lookout, etc.
Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as Plant Operators, other City employees, delivery drivers, and the general public.
Responsible for assigning work and housekeeping duties.
Responsible for grounds maintenance at WTP and remote sites.
Performs other related work as required.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Thorough knowledge of the methods, policies, and procedures of the Water Production Division of the Public Works Department as they pertain to the performance of duties of the Operator-B.
Operating principles and practices and the maintenance / service requirements of water treatment and pumping equipment and machinery along with occupational hazards and safety precautions associated with such operation.
Basic principles and practices of chemical and bacteriological analysis as related to potable drinking water and treatment.
Laboratory techniques, materials and equipment used in chemical and biochemical analysis of drinking water and water.
Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to the treatment of water for distribution as drinking water.
Exercise independent judgment in making decisions and coordinating proper operation of water treatment equipment.
Understand and follow specified operating and recording procedures.
Understand standard laboratory principles, techniques, terminology, and equipment.
Make minor repairs of equipment.
Detect defects and to take appropriate action in the operation of water treatment equipment, chemical feed machines, and other related equipment.
Perform accurate chemical and bacteriological tests and analysis.
Keep accurate records and prepare reports.
Exercise considerable tact and courtesy in contact with general public.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.
Perform other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
High School Diploma or G.E.D.
5 years of experience in water plant operations; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities for “B” certification.
Requires a Class “B” Surface Water Plant Operator’s license.
Must have a valid State driver’s license.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORKING CONDITIONS
Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for
Reading and writing
Communicating with others
Operating assigned equipment
Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include the following…
Sitting for extended periods of time
Bending, stooping, twisting frequently
Standing on concrete for long periods of time
Walking, Climbing stairs and ladders
Must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Ability to be regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, high, precarious places, toxic or caustic chemicals, and outside weather conditions, including extreme heat or cold.
Ability to work flexible hours.
- Job ID: 57588995
Gladewater, Texas, United States
- Position Title: Operator B - Water Production Division
- Company Name: City of Gladewater
- Job Function: Public Works/Utilities
- Job Type: Full-Time
- Job Duration: Indefinite
- Min Education: H.S. Diploma/Equivalent
- Min Experience: 5-7 Years
- Required Travel: None