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Wastewater Operator II

Job Description



Under supervision, performs skilled and semiskilled work in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant on an assigned shift involving responsibility for the operation of electric motors, gas engines, valves, vacuum pumps and other equipment; and performs work as assigned.


Operators in this classification are responsible for the operation of the more complex treatment units and processes within a wastewater treatment plant. May be required to direct and review the work of the Operator I. May be assigned as a "lone" operator during certain shifts.


Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

- Operates a wastewater treatment plant during a shift.
- Checks gas meters, flow meters, and blower meters.
- Adjusts equipment and increases or decreases pumping capacity for proper pumping flow.
- Inspects and lubricates engines and pumps.
- Checks clarifiers, skimmers, and grit collection systems.
- Makes frequent inspections to insure ongoing proper treatment.
- Makes adjustments as necessary to resolve general operational problems.
- Takes periodic clarifier sludge depth readings.
- Adjusts sludge pumping equipment.
- Obtains wastewater samples for the plant laboratory or the health authorities.
- Reads meters, takes temperatures, completes daily logs, records meter readings.
- May assist in training new operators in wastewater treatment principles and practices.
- Performs daily laboratory analysis as needed.
- May perform the duties of an Operator I as required.
- Performs related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

- Safe work practices.
- Method, tools, and equipment common to maintain work.
- Basic math.
- Operations and servicing requirements of plant machinery and equipment including pumps, motors, valves, engines, piping and blowers.
- Hazards relative to industrial plants.
- Safety equipment, practices and procedures.
- Basic Computer skills.

Ability to:

- Detect operating deficiencies in plant machinery and equipment.
- Read meters and gauges correctly and properly record readings in treatment plant records.
- Follow oral and written instructions and work independently without continuous supervision.
- Perform physical labor.
- Maintain records.
- Learn to work safely with chemicals and power equipment.
- Operate equipment safely and effectively.
- Develop and maintain effective relationships.



At least 1 year experience operating a wastewater treatment plant.


Completion of the twelfth grade or equivalent and the ability to read and write at the level required to successful job performance.


Possession of a responsible driving record and a valid California Driver's License.


Possession of a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Grade II certificate.
CWEA Collection System Maintenance Grade I Certificate is desirable.


Strength: Heavy Work- Must poses sufficient strength and stamina to lift and carry objects weighing up to 90 pounds.

Respiratory Protection Equipment: Work in this class requires wearing respiratory protective equipment at times. When assigned to such work, facial hair must be shaven when it interferes with the safe fitting of reparatory protective equipment.

Must be willing to be on a 24 hour emergency call-out list. Maybe assigned a call-out phone during non-working hours and holidays. May be required to work weekends and holidays. Must be willing to work in all weather conditions and confined spaces, climbing ladders to service lift stations and sewer lines as necessary with exposure to unpleasant odor and potentially hazardous conditions.

Revised: June 2014


Source - The Fresno Bee

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Job Snapshot

Other Pay 0
Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Government
Education High School
Experience At least 1 year(s)
Manages Others No
Relocation No
Industry Industrial
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID C600E03C112aa170C8WXH349BECB
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Wastewater Operator II

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