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Wastewater Operator

Express Employment Professionals Champaign, IL Full-Time
$20.00 - $22.00 / hour
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Position: Operator FLSA status: Non-Exempt

WORK HOURS/DAYS: Hourly position, 8:00AM—4:30 PM M-F, additional weekend, holiday, night, overtime hours required as determined by General Manager.

WAGE: DOEQ + Certification Incentive. (20/Hr. – 22/Hr.)




Assists the General Manager with training and supervision of maintenance workers and performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled technical and maintenance work in the operation, maintenance and repair of water and wastewater treatment facilities and systems. Performs buildings and grounds routine maintenance


Exercises close supervision over the Utility Workers.

Assists with training of operation and maintenance department personnel.

Monitors the performance of all equipment, gauges and charts in the treatment plants and pump stations; records statistical data concerning the plant’s operations; maintains, operates, repairs and replaces equipment as necessary; charts lab test results for trend analysis and maintains accurate records of analyses and test results; evaluates data and writes reports as required.

Operates, maintains and repairs malfunctions at the water and wastewater treatment plants, water distribution system and wastewater collection system; repairs gauges, pumps, filters, meters and other controls and equipment.

Collects samples and identifies concentrations of chemical, physical or biological characteristics of water required in accordance with local, state, and Federal requirements; gathers and tests wastewater samples for BOD, DO, SS, pH, NH3, chlorine and fecal for plant efficiency reports as required.

Collects samples and identifies concentrations of chemical, physical or biological characteristics of water required in accordance with Local, State, and Federal clean water requirements; gathers and tests water samples for plant efficiency reports and EP A as required. Monitors water quality and turbidity, and checks chlorine, fluoride and iron levels and other tests as needed.

Performs quality control and quality assurance tests on lab equipment and lab analyses with spectrometer, titrator, fecal bath, D.O. meter, pH meter; evaluates procedures and results for accuracy and determines appropriate methods.

Operates and maintains sewage pump stations, blowers, lagoons, parshall flume, bar screen and operates pumps and valves to control and adjust flow and for the wastewater treatment process;

Operates wells, booster pumps, softeners, and chemical feeders for the water treatment process.

Performs buildings and grounds maintenance.

Installs water mains and services and related appendences. Working knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods, and procedures used in water and wastewater treatment plant maintenance and operation activities

Working knowledge of laboratory procedures and practices.

Working knowledge of water distribution and wastewater collection system.

Regular, reliable and punctual attendance and with a professional manner.

Performs other work related tasks, as assigned.


Operates a personal computer utilizing related software, email, calendars and other related equipment such as printers, scanners, and copy machines.

Operate all equipment, vehicles and tools with skill and in a safe manner.

Work independently without close supervision, and make clear decisions in times of distress.

Read, understand and follow directions, plans, maps, Sangamon Valley Public Water District standards and other related documents in a clear and concise manner; serves as designated emergency worker in the event of an emergency.

Establishes and maintains a cooperative working relationship with citizens, businesses, outside agencies and other employees.


The physical 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 is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell; the employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock; The noise level in the work environment can occasionally be loud; Duties can include work during emergencies that are outside of the regular work schedule; this can be but is not limited to any time of day or night, weekends, and Holidays.


Valid Illinois driver’s license

10 years of experience at Sangamon Valley Public Water District and the demonstrated ability to perform the duties of an operator or 3 years’ experience with the following certifications.

Certified as a class 4 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator.

Certified as a Class B Water Plant Operator.

1 year of supervisory experience in a water and wastewater utility or similar career field.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience


Extensive knowledge of Occupational hazards and standard safety practices including necessary OSHA regulations, Department of Public Health regulations and Illinois EPA rules and regulations.

Skilled knowledge of equipment, vehicles, and tools commonly used in water or wastewater construction, operation, and maintenance.

Traffic laws.

Traffic control.

Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office Suite.

Safe worksite policies and procedures.

Working knowledge of data entry and basic arithmetic

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.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


It is the policy of the Sangamon Valley PWD to provide a $.25/hr. wage increase upon receipt of IEPA certification for the following certifications: (I recommend $1.0/hr. for class B Certification all other certificates .25/hr.).

Water Treatment Class B Certification.

Water Treatment Class C Certification.

Water Distribution Class D Certification.

Waste Water Treatment Class 4 Certification.

  • Performing batch treatment of wastewater
  • Maintain the water / wastewater treatment plant facilities
  • Maintain cleanliness of wastewater plant
  • Operate and maintain wastewater treatment system
  • Manage wastewater operations by meeting compliance for wastewater treatment of industrial wastewater from the production process
  • Operate and monitor wastewater treatment systems
  • Supervise the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant
  • Complete preventative maintenance checklists for wastewater treatment equipment
  • Operate zero discharge industrial wastewater treatment, including cleaning and re-blending system, monitoring the domestic potable water supply and treatment for subsequent irrigation./li
  • Maintain water treatment, water distribution, wastewater treatment and wastewater collection equipment
  • Ensure proper operation of plant water treatment equipment
  • Provide wastewater operations and maintenance support to the plant
  • Operating and maintaining the plant's wastewater treatment
  • Ensure efficient and economical operation of wastewater treatment equipment
  • Perform maintenance of the wastewater systems
  • Provide input on water, wastewater, surface water system strategic planning
  • Maintain knowledge of the field of wastewater technology/treatment and governmental regulations and laws governing wastewater treatment
  • Operate, maintain, repairs and inspect water and wastewater treatment systems at an industrial wastewater treatment and reuse facility
  • Monitor, tend and adjust wastewater treatment plants and associated equipment for the purification and treatment of wastewater
  • Manage the water resources and operations staff and activities including wastewater treatment

Recommended skills

Valves (Piping)
Sewage Treatments
Water Treatment
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