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Water Plant Operator at Tampa Bay Water

Water Plant Operator

Tampa Bay Water Pasco/Hillsborough County, FL Full Time
$16.73 - $38.75/Hour


Under general supervision, Operators perform certified and skilled work in the 24-hour operation of an interlinked, tri-county network of water treatment plant, pipeline and pumping station infrastructure.

Employees in this class will operate Tampa Bay Water facilities in compliance with Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-550, 62-551, 62-555, 62-560, 62-602, 62-699, USDL- 29 CFR / OSHA 1910 Subparts: [D-I, K, N-Q, S & Z], 40 CFR 141 Subpart I, NFPA (NEC), FDA BPA-2002 / Title IV; Sect. 401(a), DHS P-Dir.# 5 (NIMS) ICS, applicable SARA Title III / IV Protocols, FDEP, EPA Regulations and in conformance with other relevant Standards, for the operation of water resources, water treatment plants or pumping stations serving a Public Water Supply System.

Employees exercise independent judgment in making adjustments to machinery, operating controls, equipment and related control apparatus in accordance with established Procedural Guidelines, Recognized Best Practices and Industry Standards.

The position requires considerable knowledge of operating principles, process control technologies and treatment practices associated with water plant and pumping machines. Knowledge of environmental health hazards and life-safety disciplines unique to both localized and distributed water treatment methods is required. Must have knowledge of and utilize onsite and remotely controlled pumping plant operating techniques.

The position(s) require substantial written, oral, computer communication and analytical skills. Performance is monitored through periodic conferences, reports, training and administrative review process.

Operator, Class Trainee: 

  • Trains and assists in the inspection of water plant and well field, equipment and machinery to determine that all machinery is operating properly.
  • Trains and assists in the monitoring of meters, LED screens, pumps, plant machinery and facilities.
  • Trains and assists in the making routine adjustments to controls in conformance with operating instructions.
  • Trains and assists in the notifying the supervisor or licensed operator of any needs for non-routine adjustments and/or malfunctioning of equipment.
  • Trains and assists in the collection of water quality samples at various points in the system.
  • Trains and assists in the conducting limited laboratory analysis to determine effectiveness of treatment and records results.
  • Trains and assists in the preparation of routine reports and maintains records according to established standards and procedures.
  • Trains and assists in the performing routine maintenance on vehicles, buildings and grounds. Maintains responsibility for personal work safety. 
  • Continued employment contingent upon acquiring a Florida Department of Environmental Protection Water C level license within 24 months of hire.
  • Performs pre and post assessment in support of well mitigation activities.
  • Participate in cross training program.
  • Completes work in accordance with guidelines provided by the Maintenance Scheduler/Planner.
  • Completes work in support of meeting department/team key performance indicators and measures.
  • Observes Safety Policies and Procedures in accordance with the Agency’s Safety Program.
  • Performs related work as directed.


Operator, Class C: 

  • Conducts daily/weekly/monthly Plant Checks and Preventative Maintenance (PM) checks to inspect and identify potential problems. Equipment includes: high service pumps/motors, wellfield equipment and machinery, chemical skid pumps and injection assemblies, analyzers and instruments, databases, HMI Panel displays, SCADA indications including Security Systems in order to verify that all machinery, systems, and mechanical components are operating properly and safely.  
  • Monitors recorders, meters, LCD/LED indicating and control equipment, electronic SCADA screens, VFD/pump status, plant machinery and operational facilities by direct visual observation or while using process control workstations, in-field automation, field service kits, tablet CPU or laptop.  
  • Makes routine adjustments to controls and takes corrective actions necessary for consistent water delivery in conformance with operating directives, OEM instructions, prescribed Standards and contractual requirements under State of Florida Administrative Code and according to Federal Regulations.
  • Maintains current knowledge of Florida Administrative Code and regulatory requirements regarding the provision of safe drinking water for a Public Water Supply System.
  • Notifies Operations Manager/Shift Lead of any need for non-routine adjustments or equipment malfunction and additionally notifies necessary alternate personnel in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures in emergency situations.
  • Identifies, acknowledges and corrects infrastructure system excursions and alarms. Trains on Water Quality (WQ) analysis and trending and the required maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of Analyzers & Instruments.  
  • Routinely engages in technical knowledge sharing and cross-training amongst the regional O&M teams and SCADA. 
  • Corrects malfunctioning system mechanics via computerized SCADA System and takes responsibility for personal safety while actively contributing to crew safety during working shift hours.  
  • May compile, prepare and/or maintain daily/weekly or annual reports; to include preserving daily statistical logs/records on Plant and Wellfield Operation, Production efficiency and Water Quality for the Agency or Agency Customers.
  • May take responsible charge in the operation of water treatment facilities according to Florida Administrative Code and direct personnel, as required, to operate those facilities according to all State and Federal guidelines in the absence of a Supervisor.
  • Maintains and utilizes department vehicles and equipment.
  • Exercises clear and open communications with Agency personnel including, but not limited to, upper management, maintenance, electrical, instrumentation and controls, laboratory, buildings and grounds, engineering, etc.
  • Coordinates and may assist support personnel during system testing exercises, chemical spill clean-up/mitigation, failed equipment/circuit identification and resets, housekeeping/cleaning. 
  • Engages in Corrective Maintenance (CM) when required, as assigned or in an emergency.  Achieves a troubleshooting competency for identifying malfunctioning equipment/analyzers.  
  • Utilizes Water Quality Tables and specific database tools. 
  • Observes Safety Policies and Procedures in accordance with the Agency’s Safety Program.
  • Performs related work as directed.

Operator, Class B: 

  • Responsibilities include all C Class Operator duties.
  • Perform non-standard system adjustments and troubleshooting.
  • Training of Operator Trainees and C Class Operators. 
  • Improve and acquire additional skills for WQ-Data and analyzer/instrument service-maintenance.
  • Achieves a troubleshooting competency in identifying malfunctioning equipment/analyzers.  
  • Train and cross-train in support of Agency WQ requirements/guidelines.
  • Assist in development and implementation of Operations Department SOPs.
  • Interface with support groups within the Agency on non-standard developments and concerns.    
  • Complete special projects as assigned by Department Manager.
  • Observes Safety Policies and Procedures in accordance with the Agency’s Safety Program.
  • Performs related work as directed.

Operator, Class A:  

  • Responsibilities include all B and C Class Operator duties.  
  • Complete analyzer/instrument training for all controlling/monitoring device types utilized by the Agency for WQ-regulation.  
  • Achieve a troubleshooting competency in identifying malfunctioning equipment/analyzers.  
  • Improve cross-training/knowledge sharing and service/maintenance methods used by operators for group communication and infrastructure repairs.   
  • Assists with the development of Department budget items or Lead Operator projects, as 
  • Complete special projects as assigned by Department Manager.
  • Observes Safety Policies and Procedures in accordance with the Agency’s Safety Program.
  • Performs related work as directed.

Disaster Service Worker:  Employees of Tampa Bay Water are, by State and Federal law, Disaster Service Workers. In the event of a declaration of emergency, any employee may be assigned activities that promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property, either at the Agency or within the local or their own community.

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