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Job Specification



 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.


 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 
 treatment plant.


 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 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:
Local or
Class of
01213LC N/A11-

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.