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Employer: City of Augusta
Division: Water
Job Title: Water Operator Trainee
Salary: $0 Hourly

Job Description:


Under supervision of the Water Superintendent, the Operator Trainee performs general sampling and testing of water.  Performs maintenance and repairs on plant, pump station and lab equipment. Assists with maintenance of distribution system.


  • Backwash filters each day (normally 2 daily)
  • Calibrate PH meter and perform plant tests on PH, chlorine, temperature and CT calculations
  • Change out/replace chemicals and log usage daily of all (polymers, chlorine, alum and carbon)
  • Respond to alarms and calls in a timely manner
  • General cleaning of all buildings, pipes and equipment
  • Work in “on call” rotation
  • Assists with maintaining and repair of water distribution system including pipes, fire hydrants and valves, meters, meter pits and service connections
  • Prompt and regular attendance is required for this position
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Attend monthly safety meetings
  • Maintain and demonstrate good public relations
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment, as required
  • Abide by all standards, conduct and policies, as stated in Employee Handbook

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Education, Licensure or Certification

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Ability to obtain class I plant operator certification within 18 months of hire

Experience, Specialized Knowledge, and Other Requirements

  • General knowledge of Water Treatment Plant Operations
  • Basic computer skills
  • Safe methods of lifting heavy objects and handling of chemicals

Skills and Abilities – With or without accommodations


  • Has ability to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body, such as sitting, standing, walking, bending, climbing, twisting, squatting, reaching overhead, grasping, lifting, balancing, kneeling, pushing, pulling and handling of objects
  • Has ability to frequently lift up to 50 pounds; occasionally lift up to 75 pounds with assistance
  • Has normal eyesight and depth perception, with or without correction
  • Hears normal tones, with or without correction
  • Has ability to work within environment described below


  • Work under supervision and cooperatively with other employees
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to listen, understand and communicate information
  • Ability to read, write and comprehend English
  • Problem-solving skills to troubleshoot operation problems
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility in work environments, performing a variety of frequently changing tasks
  • Ability to work independently

The physical and cognitive demands described here 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 functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions, including temperature extremes.  The employee may regularly be exposed to fumes, odors, dirt, wetness, chemicals and toxins.  The noise level in the work environment occasionally requires hearing protection.

Vacancy Number: 111618PWWWOT

Open Date: 11/16/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: