|FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR ASSISTANT
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Assists with the collection of analytical samples.
- Maintains a variety of records and reports related to assigned activities.
- Attends training and safety meetings as necessary.
- 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
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.
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
Learn to inspect facilities, systems and equipment for maintenance and repair needs.
Learn applicable mechanical, electrical, wastewater, storm water and safety codes and
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
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course
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.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
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.