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Employer: City of Manhattan
Division: WATER & WASTEWATER
Job Title: PLANT OPERATOR
Salary: $14.05 Hourly


Job Description:

PUBLIC WORKS – WATER AND WASTEWATER

PLANT OPERATOR - WWTP        (Regular Full-time)      Wage Depends on Certification* See Below

Experience Required: High school diploma or equivalent. 

*Operator $14.05 - $22.15; Operator I $14.70 - $23.20; Operator II $15.84 - $25.00; Operator III $16.96 - $26.75; Operator IV $17.87 - $28.28 

Operator level hired without certification but must achieve Level I within 18 months of employment. 

Closing Date: Open Until Filled     To apply, please complete the online application.                    

POSITION PURPOSE:

Work in treatment of wastewater to return the water to the environment in an acceptable condition by operating and maintaining an activated sludge wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and other operating and support equipment. WWTP operates under requirements and regulations of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; operate and maintain one (1) biological nutrient removal activated sludge wastewater treatment plant with a rated capacity of 10.7 million gallons per day; working on a shift-work basis with some holidays and weekends required. After a training period, normal scheduled shift is  4 pm  - 12 a.m. Monday through Friday with  Saturday and Saturday off.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

1. Ability to assure successful plant operation by collecting samples, performing routine analysis on those samples, settleability testing of solids, dissolved oxygen (DO) readings, decanting digesters, and other equipment process adjustments. (Daily) 
2. Ability to read and record information on spreadsheets and operational logs which is provided from flow meters and the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition computer (SCADA). (Daily) 
3. Ability to perform routine visual inspections of treatment plant equipment without SCADA and initiating corrective actions when problems are found. (Daily) 
4. Ability to provide a clean and safe facility by performing interior janitorial duties, exterior grounds maintenance, and controlling access to the wastewater treatment plant after hours. This would included but not limited to mowing, trimming, hosing secondary clarifiers, cleaning water filters, painting equipment, dusting equipment and floors. Locking and unlocking the front access gate. (Daily) 
5. Ability to communicate orally and in writing, including using telephone, cell phone, and two-way radio. (Daily) 
6. Respond quickly to citizen’s complaints, calls from Customer Service or lift station alarms by dispatching appropriate personnel to address calls about broken water lines, sewer backups, or other general complaints. (Daily) 
7. Ability to stand and walk for several hours at time, work in extreme weather conditions, and over irregular terrain. (Daily) 
8. Ability to load chemicals into chemical feed equipment, occasionally lifting weights of up to seventy-five (75) pounds. (Occasionally) 
9. Ability to safely perform work duties in confined spaces and at heights from ladders and scaffolding. (Occasionally) 
10. Assist Plant Mechanic’s with maintenance of plant equipment, lift stations, and other supporting equipment when required. (Occasionally) 
11. Provide snow and ice removal at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the entrance road off of Highway 24. (Occasionally) 
12. Attend required operational training and monthly safety meetings. (As Needed) 
13. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license. (Daily) 

NATURE AND SCOPE: 

The Public Works Department consists of Full-time, Part-time, and various seasonal/temporary employees, and encompasses Administration, Engineering/Traffic, Operations, and Utilities (Environmental, the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants, Water Distribution, and Sewer Maintenance). 
The Plant Operator reports to the Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent. He or she collects samples for analysis, takes dissolved oxygen readings, and makes necessary adjustments; inspection and monitoring of process equipment are routine but essential tasks for the position. Having knowledge of plant hydraulics, electrical switches, breakers, and control valves to regulate pumps and flow are also important aspects of the position. In addition, having a thorough knowledge of the safety precautions involved with a wastewater treatment facility is a key aspect. 
The Plant Operator performs basin settleability tests, monitors and adjusts DO in basin, operates the grit removal equipment, pumps out scum boxes, monitors SCADA and flow meters, removes grease from facilities wetwell. The operator assists in some general maintenance on equipment including, but not limited to, cleaning air filters on blower equipment, hosing clarifiers to remove algae, cleaning non-potable water filters, changing process equipment and cleaning pumps. An operator records appropriate readings and information, refers citizen’s complaints or inquiries to the appropriate personnel and logs the call, performs interior and exterior building and grounds maintenance, removes ice & snow buildup on facility roads, sidewalks, and entrance road. 
The operator must use independent judgment to make operational decisions on process control setting adjustments, respond to changes in influent flow volume, and possible loss of electrical power during his/her eight (8) hour shift. 
Thoroughness of inspecting plant equipment for proper operation, applying proper testing procedures for analysis, and implementing appropriate treatment prescriptions are key performance measurements for the operator. 
The operator will learn to have an understanding of the principles and practices of wastewater treatment and be prepared for diversified maintenance on process equipment at or off facilities grounds. 
An operator needs a fundamental ability to read, interpret, and record, meter readings, and SCADA information. An operator shall work shifts as scheduled and will be required to work weekends, holidays, and fill in for others as needed. In addition, the operator’s safety record, attendance, effective response to situations that arise during the shift, quality or work, and efficiency in which duties are carried out are further performance measurements. 
The operator must meet all necessary requirements in order to obtain a Class I Wastewater Operator’s Certificate from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) within eighteen (18) months of employment. Failure to obtain the certificate within the stated period may result in termination of the incumbent. 

PRINCIPLE ACCOUNTABILITY: 

General duties and responsibilities assigned to a Plant Operator 

1. Perform visual and routine inspection of the treatment plant buildings, equipment, and treatment process without SCADA. 
2. Perform process control tests and record data, using test results to ascertain needed changes in wastewater treatment. 
3. Receive telephone and radio calls, passing information and requests on to the appropriate entity, including emergency calls from the public, in a timely manner. 
4. Assist maintenance personnel and other Plant Operators in the maintenance of equipment on and off facility grounds. 
5. Assures the proper level of dissolved oxygen in aeration basins and digesters by monitoring and adjusting air flow as needed. 
6. Check all equipment and report all malfunctions and/or questions concerning the operation of the equipment to the appropriate supervisory, other operators or maintenance personnel. 
7. Perform daily hosing of all secondary clarifiers. 
8. Follow established safety practices to minimize the hazards from physical injuries, noxious or explosive gases, oxygen deficiencies, biological and toxic substances, or electrical shock for the benefit of him/her, coworkers, and the general public. 
9. Attend required educational training, equipment training, and monthly safety meetings. 
10. Perform ground maintenance by mowing and trimming the Wastewater Treatment Plant and supporting facilities. 
11. Provide security at the Wastewater Treatment Plant by contacting law enforcement if people are trespassing inside the Wastewater Treatment Plant and controlling access by locking and unlocking the front access gate after normal business hours.

Specific duties assigned of a Plant Operator on the 12:00 AM to 8:00 AM shift. 

1. Perform all general duties of a Plant Operator. 
2. Clean upstairs restrooms, offices, janitorial room, down stairs classroom, laboratory, non-potable room, and the ground level floor in the administration building, including mopping, waxing, buffing, stripping, dusting, and painting as needed. 
3. Maintain the old wasting room, ½ barscreen/washer press building, digester/transfer station by mopping, waxing, buffing, dusting, paint, washing down walls, floors, and equipment as needed. 
4. Clean and maintain the building housing the ultraviolet disinfection system (UV system) and related equipment. Includes dusting, sweeping, and wash down of floors and equipment, cleaning algae off of the UV lamps, checking wiper system for proper operation, add cleaning gel, and repair/replacement of defective UV lamps and equipment. 
5. Record 24 hour influent flow and T-WAS numbers. Changes out sampling jugs in samplers and record the temperatures for the samplers. 
6. Hose algae from Clarifiers #1 & #4 when in service. 
7. Clean the non-potable water filter, influent, and effluent automatic samplers at the end of your shift. 
8. Unlock the front gate to the Wastewater Treatment Plant at 6:00 AM. 

Specific duties assigned of a Plant Operator on 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM shift. 

1. Perform the general duties of a Plant Operator and assist with some maintenance of the Wastewater Treatment Plant equipment, City lift stations, and other supporting facilities. 
2. Work with other operators and seasonal laborers on ground maintenance, including mowing, trimming, edging, and watering of the lawn. 
3. Assist with maintenance and repair of equipment when required. 
4. Clean and maintain floors and equipment in the digester blower/DAF building, aeration blower buildings, return activated sludge (MLR/RAS) building. 
5. Clean non-potable water system and building filters. 
6. Operate the Wastewater Treatment Plant generator weekly and operator standby blowers bio-weekly. 
7. Hose algae from Clarifiers #2 & #5 when in services. 
8. Clean the non-potable water filter, influent, and effluent automatic samplers at the end of your shift. 

Specific duties assigned of a Plant Operators on 4:00 PM to 12:00AM shift. 

1. Perform the general duties of a Plant Operator and assist with some maintenance of the Wastewater Treatment Plant equipment, City lift stations, and other supporting facilities. 
2. Work with other operators on maintaining facility grounds by mowing, trimming, edging, and watering of the lawn. This shift is also responsible for taking care of the lawn around the Administration Building. Grass will be cut to a minimum height of 3”and watered at a minimum of twice a week during the summer months. 
3. Maintain clarifiers by hosing algae from them and hosing algae off the front of the UV rack after cleaning clarifiers. Also check and clean non-potable water filter as needed. 
4. Clean and maintain floors and equipment in the main pump building, ¼” barscreen/grit building, and (MLR/RAS) building. 
5. Clean and maintain the Maintenance Shop and Vehicle Building. 
6. Test mixers weekly in basins that are not in service. 
7. Clean and maintain floors in the break room and locker room. 
8. Hose algae from Clarifiers #3 & #6 when in services. 
9. Clean the non-potable water filter, influent, and effluent automatic samplers at the end of your shift. 
10. Lock the front gate to the Wastewater Treatment Plant after normally working hours. 

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: 

Required Education: High school graduate or equivalent required. 
Required Experience: None, but a basic knowledge of ground and janitorial services would be beneficial. 
Required Skills and Abilities: 
Must possess a valid driver’s license 
Ability to pass a written Class I Wastewater Certification test after a maximum of 18 months of employment and training. 
Ability to read and comprehend written material 
Ability to listen and apply the instructions 
Ability to deal courteously and effectively with the public and other City employees 
Ability to perform laboratory functions in an effective and accurate manner, including interpreting test results and applying corrective actions 
Ability to comprehend and learn the principals of wastewater treatment and apply them as needed 
Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts to job functions 
Ability to work alone for an entire shift 
Ability to effectively operate the following machinery and equipment after training 
Computers Pumps & Motors Control valves 
Chemical feeders Hand tools and power tools Air supply equipment 
Mowing equipment Laboratory equipment Other related equipment 

PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS/WORKING CONDITIONS: 

Must be able to work independently, organizing work in order to complete job duties during shift. 
Must use initiative and judgment in adapting to changing conditions, including observing changes of raw wastewater, mix liquor quality, changes in settleability, DO, and emergency situations. 
Must be able to perform medium work, exerting up to seventy-five (75) pounds of force on a moderate basis to lift/move objects. 
Must be able to endure and work in adverse weather conditions. 
Must be able to traverse irregular surfaces that may be wet, icy, or snow-covered. 
Must be able to write down information and to use a telephone and two-way radio to pass needed information to on call personnel. 
Must use sight, hearing, smell, and touch to recognize potential problems with machinery and equipment. 
Must be able to work in damp, wet, cramped, or sometimes dusty conditions, with occasional exposure to excessive noise. 
Must be able to walk or stand for a considerable portion of a shift, reach and operate objects overhead, and work from scaffolding or ladders. 
Must be able to identify and distinguish colors. 

SUPERVISION: 

Works independently in most cases, with only occasional supervision from the Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent 
Does not supervise other employees 
Makes some basic independent decisions concerning the operation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant during the shift 
Receives customer complaints and inquiries and forwards those complaints and inquiries to the appropriate parties in a timely manner

 

Essential Functions

 

Note:  Pushing/Pulling and Lift/Carry of items in the 51-100 lb. range should also, in most cases, be carried out by a tandem effort or with mechanical assistance. 

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL FUNCTIONS & ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS

 

In a typical eight hour day:

1-33%

34-66%

67-100%

 

Occasional

Frequent

Continuous

 

Exposure

Exposure

Exposure

Extreme Environmental Conditions

 

X

 

Excessive noise/vibration

 

X

 

Fumes/Odors

 

X

 

Dust/Dirt

 

X

 

Gasses

X

 

 

Chemical agents

X

 

 

Mechanical and/or electrical hazards

 

X

 

Sharp tools/instruments

X

 

 

Hot material

X

 

 

Fire hazards

 

X

 

Cramped quarters

 

X

 

Heights

 

X

 

Lift/Carry

 

 

 

Up to 10 lbs.

 

X

 

10-20 lbs.

 

X

 

21-50 lbs.

X

 

 

51-100 lbs.

X

 

 

Over 100 lbs. (never)

Tandem

Tandem

Tandem

Pushing / Pulling

 

 

 

Up to 10 lbs.

 

X

 

10-20 lbs.

 

X

 

21-50 lbs.

X

 

 

51-100 lbs.

X

 

 

Over 100 lbs. (never)

Tandem

Tandem

Tandem

Climbing

 

 

 

Ladder

 

X

 

Steps

 

X

 

Other

 

X

 

Lower Extremities

 

 

 

Squatting

 

X

 

Crawling

 

X

 

Kneeling

 

X

 

Balancing

 

X

 

Bending at waist

 

X

 

Twisting

 

X

 

Foot Movements

 

 

 

Right

 

 

X

Left

 

 

X

Reaching

 

 

 

At shoulder level

 

X

 

Above shoulder level

 

X

 

Below shoulder level

 

X

 

Hand / Wrist Motions

 

 

 

Grasping

 

X

 

Repetitive

 

X

 

Fine Manipulating

 

X

 

Speaking Requirements

 

 

X

Hearing Requirements

 

 

X

Sight requirements

 

 

 

20 inches or less

 

 

X

20 feet or more

 

 

X

Color Vision

 

X

 

Other

 

 

 

Sitting

X

 

 

Standing

 

 

X

Driving

 

X

 

Walking

 

 

X

Uneven terrain

 

X

 

Personal Protective Equip.

 

X

 

Pursue/run

 

 

 



Vacancy Number: 21253

Open Date: 8/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 9/28/2017 11:59:59 PM