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Employer: City of Liberal
Division: Waste Water
Job Title: Waste Water Operator
Salary: $0 


Job Description:

The fundamental reason this classification exists is to provide assistance in the maintenance of a Wastewater Treatment Plant and Collection System.   The Wastewater Services Maintenance Operator I performs a wide variety skilled and semi-skilled functions in order to meet Federal, State, and local discharge requirements.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the Wastewater Services Maintenance Forman and/or Wastewater Services Director on the basis of results achieved.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Maintains wastewater treatment and sludge processing equipment to control flow and processing of wastewater, sludge, and effluent such as pumps, motors, air compressors, blowers, thickeners, valves and gates;
  • Maintains machinery and mechanical equipment in operation and detects and reports deficiencies in the operational process;
  • Performs a variety of activities related to wastewater treatment facility operations including monitoring and adjusting plant control systems, monitoring of treatment processes and maintenance of plant grounds.
  • Cleans equipment and facilities;
  • Unloads, stores, and uses various chemicals such as chlorine;
  • Maintains legible, accurate records of maintenance operations;
  • Responds to chemical emergency alarms wearing appropriate personal protective equipment such as respirators and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA);
  • Inspects, repairs, and maintains machinery and mechanical equipment in operation and detects deficiencies in the operational process.
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality customer service.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • Basic construction and maintenance methods, procedures, tools, equipment, supplies and materials.
  • Operation of a variety of light or heavy construction equipment.
  • Safety practices in the operation of electrical and mechanical equipment used in wastewater treatment plants.
  • Basic mathematics.
  • Wastewater treatment plant processes.

Skill in:

  • The methods, practices, and techniques used in the operation of the equipment utilized in wastewater treatment.
  • The use of a variety of hand tools.
  • The operation of light equipment

Ability to:

  • Learn basic principles and practices of wastewater treatment.
  • Learn basic chemistry
  • Perform a variety of construction, repair and maintenance tasks.
  • Maintain annual Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) certification through quarterly refresher training and annual physical examination per Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions in the English language.
  • Enter data or information into a terminal, PC or other keyboard device.
  • Work cooperatively with other City employees.
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others and comply with Confined Space Entry and chemical emergency procedures.
  • Observe or monitor data, machinery, and equipment to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards.
  • Work rotating shifts, including holidays and weekends.
  • Work with and around chemicals, effluent or similar solutions using only normal protective equipment.

Work Environment:

  • Enter data or information into a terminal, PC or other keyboard device.
  • Move heavy objects (50 pounds or more) short distances (20 feet or less).
  • Move light objects (less than 20 pounds) long distances (more than 20 feet).
  • Travel across rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces.
  • Bend or stoop repeatedly or continually over time.
  • Work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements.
  • Lift arms above shoulder level.
  • Climb ladders or steps to reach objects.

Additional Requirements:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Class B CDL license by the end of the probationary period.
  • Participation in on-call rotation and callback emergency response. 
  • Work rotating shifts, including holidays and weekends.
  • Some positions require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid driver's license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized by the City designated physician to drive a City vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage.
  • Some positions will require the performance of other essential and marginal functions depending upon work location, assignment or shift.

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:

One year of experience in the operation and maintenance of mechanical equipment.  Incumbent should be in possession of, or have the ability to obtain, a Class I or II Wastewater Treatment Operator certificate from the State of Kansas.  Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.



Vacancy Number: 01

Open Date: 11/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: