CHIEF SEWAGE PLANT OPERATOR
Under direction, supervises, coordinates, and is responsible for
work performed by operators engaged in operating and maintaining
equipment at a sewage treatment facility; does other related
duties as required.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not
perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely,
all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Supervises work activities of employees.
Issues work assignments.
Enforces safety regulations.
Trains new employees.
Recommends action to be taken regarding promotions, discipline,
and so forth.
Suggests changes in procedures, and provides working instructions
to operators, repairers, and other skilled and unskilled workers.
Supervises and works with operators engaged in various wastewater
treatment processes such as power generating, grit removal, pump
and blower operations, and sludge filtration and/or incineration.
Supervises and works with employees engaged in various wastewater
processes, and in maintenance and repair activities.
Monitors control panels and adjusts valves and gates manually or
by remote control to regulate the flow of sewage into and out of
Starts and stops pumps, engines, and generators to control
the flow of raw sewage through filtering, setting, aeration, and
sludge digestion processes.
Maintains work logs and records pertaining to meter and gauge
Collects sewage samples and conducts routine laboratory tests
to determine Ph and impurities.
Ensures that proper amounts and mixtures of chemicals are fed
into the equipment based on laboratory test results.
Cleans equipment and disposes of incineration of sludge.
Performs minor repairs to mechanical plant equipment which
may include the replacement of packing in pumps or valves,
replacement of bearings in motors and pumps, and lubrication
of machine and equipment parts.
Inspects work areas to determine material and equipment needed.
May inspect equipment such as pumps, settling tanks, filters,
and panel boards to detect malfunctions.
May supervise workers in the maintenance of buildings and
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and information systems used by
the agency, office, or related units.
Five (5) years of experience in operating, adjusting, regulating,
repairing, and maintaining pumps, valves, electric motors, and
other electrical and mechanical equipment used in a sewage
Appointees may be required to possess a current and valid
Public Wastewater Systems Operator License and/or a Public Water
Treatment System Operator License of the appropriate class issued
by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of various wastewater (sewage) processes; for
example, power generating, grit removal, pump and blower,
sludge filtration, or incineration.
Knowledge of equipment and function of various units of equipment
found in a sewage plant such as panelboard, settling tanks, grit
chambers, and pumps and valves.
Knowledge of procedures used in collecting samples of wastewater,
how to test samples, and what adjustments must be made to
chemical feed equipment as a result of these tests.
Knowledge of methods used in disposing of liquids and solids
resulting from wastewater treatment.
Knowledge of safety to be observed while working with sludge,
or in the presence of gases or fumes, or in a work area which
has open tanks and manholes.
Ability to follow established procedures and standards and
to make judgements and decisions within the frameworks of
established practices and procedures.
Ability to give assignments and instructions to employees engaged
in the operation, maintenance, and repair of wastewater treatment
plant equipment and machinery.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and information systems used by the agency,
office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in
English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered
as acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as
long as they can perform essential functions of the job with
or without reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation
cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue
hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.