TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR
Under general supervision, to perform difficult and complex operations and maintenance functions for the County's wastewater and water treatment plants; to function as a lead worker to trainee operators; may act as chief plant operator for a class II or I wastewater treatment plant; and to perform other duties as required.
This is the journey level in the Treatment Plant Operator series. A Treatment Plant Operator is responsible for performing difficult and complex operations and maintenance functions of the County's wastewater and water treatment plants and acts as a lead worker to trainee level treatment plant operators. A Treatment Plant Operator may act as Chief Plant Operator for a class II or I wastewater treatment plant.
This class is distinguished from the lower level class of Treatment Plant Operator in Training which is the trainee and first working level in the series and works under the supervision of Operators while working toward acquiring a grade I wastewater treatment plant operator certificate. This class is distinguished from the higher class of Senior Treatment Plant Operator which is the lead and advanced journey level and may act as Chief Plant Operator for any wastewater treatment plant.
Maintains a wastewater and water treatment plant in compliance with the permit requirements of the Regional Water Quality Control Board; maintains the collection system and pumping appurtenances associated with the collection and disposal system, bar screens, comminuters, valves, grinders, filters, aerators, air lifts, and injectors; records and interprets data from flow meters, strip chart recorders and data loggers; calculates dosages and meters chemicals to be injected; collects samples and performs laboratory analysis and mathematical calculations of the unit processes in the plant; evaluates and adjusts the operational parameters of the plant to optimize efficiency; maintains the plant and grounds, pumps, compressors, blowers and containment vessels; maintains an adequate inventory of supplies and materials; prepares reports to the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Environmental Health, EPA and other agencies as required. Leads, directs and trains plant operators on an assigned shift in the safe and efficient performance of their duties; learns and implements hazardous material regulations, safety rules and regulations; holds tailgate safety meetings for assigned shift; completes and maintains records of shift activities; maintains effective work procedures and effectively resolves on-the-job problems as they occur; responsible for maintenance of buildings and grounds; may perform all duties of the plant operator classes; performs other related duties as assigned.
Working knowledge of:
Some knowledge of:
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledges and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain these knowledges and abilities would be:
Two years of experience comparable to a Treatment Plant Operator in Training in Santa Cruz County. One year as a Sanitation Maintenance Worker II may be substituted for one year of experience as a Treatment Plant Operator in Training.
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Bargaining Unit: General
EEOC Category: 07
Occupational Grouping: 39
Workers Comp Code: 1160