Performs a variety of tasks in the operation and maintenance of water distribution systems as well as wastewater treatment plants and collection systems, including maintenance of equipment, quality control/testing and day-to-day activities on an assigned shift. This position typically holds or is working towards an intermediate level water/wastewater treatment certification.
- Operates treatment facilities to control flow and processing of water/wastewater, sludge, and effluent
- Diagnoses operating problems and performs necessary corrective action during work shift
- Monitors gauges, meters, and control panels
- Observes variations in operating conditions and interprets meter and gauge readings and test results to determine process adjustment requirements
- Operates valves and gates either manually or by remote control
- Starts and stops pump, engines, and generators to control and adjust flow and treatment processes
- Maintains shift log and records meter and gauge readings
- Collects samples and performs routine laboratory tests and analyses
- Performs routine maintenance functions and custodial duties
- Makes operating decisions in absence of supervisory personnel
- Understands and carries out oral and written directions
- Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work
- Performs other duties as required
- High school diploma or GED
- Certification at a level required by the Province in which the project is located
- Two years experience in operating water/wastewater treatment plants
- Possess a valid driver’s license
- Underground line locating experience
- Basic familiarity of the principles and practices of water/wastewater treatment plant operations; operating principles of valves, pumps, and motors; principles and methods of bacteriological and chemical sewage analyses; effects and problems of industrial waste in water/wastewater treatment processes; safe work practices.
- Knowledge of computer software including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, data management systems and be able to operate plant PLC’s and SCADA systems.
The work area can involve a working environment indoors as well as outdoors, which could cause exposure to outdoor elements; proper environmental attire will be required. Some areas can have loud noise, active machinery, high pressure fluid systems, electrical equipment, confined spaces, heights and depths, fumes, air borne particles, noxious gases, pathogens and various chemicals. The use of appropriate safety equipment will be mandatory in these areas to prevent hazardous contact. The position requires after hours work and on call duties. The successful applicant must live in an area that will allow a 1 hour response time to any of the project sites.