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FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
May, 2005


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Under supervision of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor, learns to perform and assists in the maintenance, repair and/or operation of a treatment plant facility; assists and learns to perform treatment plant rounds; performs a variety of routine building and grounds maintenance; operates a variety of equipment including mowers, tractors, weedeaters, edgers, blowers, and related maintenance equipment and vehicles; and performs other related duties as required.

This is the entry level class in the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator series. Positions at this level are not expected to function with the same amount of program knowledge or skill level as positions allocated to the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I level and exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern. Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise. Certain functions such as process control and isolations are not performed at this level due to regulations and certification requirements. Advancement to the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I level is based on demonstrated proficiency in performing the assigned functions, certification as a Grade I Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, and is at the discretion of higher level supervisory or management staff.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Learns to perform a variety of skilled duties in the maintenance and repair of the City’s wastewater treatment facilities and related equipment; participates in construction projects and system installations as requested.
  2. Performs a variety of general maintenance duties in and around the wastewater treatment plant including wash downs of denitrification basins, oxidation ditch, clarifiers, filters, and contact basins.
  3. Performs a variety of routine building and grounds maintenance tasks, including watering, mowing, edging, weedeating, weed abatement, painting, and housekeeping; maintains and repairs ponds including reinforcing ponds as necessary.
  4. Assists and learns to perform treatment plant rounds inspecting, monitoring and documenting plant operations by reading plant equipment gauges, dials, computer screens, graphs, and other instrumentation.
  5. Assists with the inspection of the wastewater facility, lift station and storm pump equipment and systems including valves, pumps, motors, tanks and gauges; learns to diagnose and repair mechanical and electrical malfunctions; replaces system components as needed.
  6. Operates a variety of power driven and heavy equipment and power tools including tractors, skip-loaders, jack hammers, forklifts, mowers, weedeaters, edgers, blowers, power washers, and related maintenance equipment and vehicles
  7. Assists with the collection of analytical samples.
  8. Maintains a variety of records and reports related to assigned activities.
  9. Attends training and safety meetings as necessary.
  10. Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Basic operations, services, and activities of a wastewater treatment plant. Basic principles and practices of wastewater treatment plant operations. General maintenance and repair work. Operation of power driven and heavy equipment used in maintenance and repair including high-pressure power cleaners, tractors, skip-loaders and various hand and power tools. Basic record keeping techniques. Safety requirements for operation of trucks and other equipment. Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures.

Ability to:
Learn to perform a variety of duties in the maintenance and repair of City wastewater treatment facilities and related equipment. Operate power driven and heavy equipment used in system maintenance and repair including high-pressure power cleaners, rodders, tractors, skip-loaders and various hand and power tools. Learn to inspect facilities, systems and equipment for maintenance and repair needs. Learn applicable mechanical, electrical, wastewater, storm water and safety codes and regulations. Maintain routine records. Learn to read and interpret blueprints, diagrams and sketches. Perform heavy manual labor. Drive and operate trucks and construction equipment. Safely and effectively operate a variety of maintenance and construction equipment, tools and materials. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Six months of general maintenance work experience is desirable.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate driver’s license. Possession of an Operator in Training (OIT) certificate.

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. Environment: Wastewater treatment plant and field environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, fumes, gases, potentially hazardous chemicals, electrical energy, and inclement weather conditions including wet and/or humid conditions; work around water or wastewater; work on slippery surfaces; regularly work near moving mechanical parts; and work around moderately loud noise levels.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a wastewater treatment plant and field environment; walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, and twist; push, pull, lift, and/or carry moderate to heavy amounts of weights; operate assigned equipment and vehicles; ability to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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Brentwood, CA 94513  
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