SENIOR WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR
Under direction, takes the lead over other operators and
operates, adjusts, and regulates water treatment plant pumps,
valves, and other equipment, maintains these as needed, takes
periodic readings of relevant gauges, and may conduct routine
standardized tests on water samples; does other related duties.
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:
Coordinates activities of workers engaged in filtering,
chemically treating, pumping, and testing fresh and processed
Plans work schedules, allocating tasks to workers based upon
work priority and individual worker expertise.
Inspects equipment, such as filters, chlorine indicators, basins,
filtered water basins, and pumps, to detect malfunctions.
Takes periodic readings of relevant gauges and records these
Opens and closes appropriate valves.
Dumps specified amounts of chemicals, such as chlorine,
ammonia, and lime into water or adjusts automatic devices
that admit specified amounts of chemicals into water to
disinfect, deodorize, and clarify it.
Starts agitators to mix chemicals or allows impurities to settle
out of water as appropriate.
Operates pumping equipment to transfer raw water to treatment
plant or purified water into water mains.
Monitors panelboard, adjusting controls to regulate flow rates,
loss of head pressure and water elevation, and distribution of
Cleans tanks and filter beds, using backwashing.
Maintains the working area in a clean/sanitary condition.
Maintains machines and equipment.
Makes minor or emergency repairs or component replacement.
Tests water samples to determine acidity, color, and impurities,
using colorimeter, turbidimeter, and conductivity meter.
Adds chemicals into tanks to coagulate impurities and reduce
Record data content of chemicals, water turbidity, and water
May operate portable water-purification plant to supply drinking
Maintains records and files with chemical usage and storage,
equipment operation, and required water quality/quantity data.
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.
Two (2) years of experience in operating, adjusting, regulating,
repairing, and maintaining pumps, valves, electric motors, and
other electrical and mechanical equipment of the type used in
a water treatment plant, pumping station, or filtration plant.
NOTE: Appointees in Municipal Water Utilities Authority may
be required to attend Incident Management training within a
specified timeframe as determined by the appointing authority.
Such training may include but not be limited to:
ICS-700 NIMS, An Introduction
ICS-100 Introduction to ICS or equivalent
ICS-200 Basic ICS or equivalent
Appointees may be required to possess a valid Public Water
Treatment Operator license of the appropriate class, depending
on the permit level of the facility, 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 the essential
duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of procedures and methods of operating, adjusting,
and regulating water treatment plant pumps, valves, gauges,
chemical feed machines, filters, flowmeters, and other equipment
Knowledge of methods for regulating amounts of water and
pumping it into a distribution system or storage tanks.
Knowledge of location and function of all equipment in the plant.
Knowledge of pump and valve packing replacement, motor
and pump bearing replacement, and equipment lubrication.
Knowledge of techniques for collecting water samples and
conducting and recording standard bacteriological analysis
Knowledge of arithmetic operations for determining correct
amounts of chemical agents.
Knowledge of techniques for conducting tests with colorimeter,
turbidimeter, and conductivity meter.
Knowledge of precautions to be observed when handling
Knowledge of water treatment processes such as ammoniation,
chlorination, water clarification, pH adjustment.
Ability to coordinate worker activities and work harmoniously
Ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral and
Ability to plan and follow work schedules.
Ability to inspect equipment for malfunctions and do minor
Ability to do repetitive work that requires strict adherence
to prescribed procedures.
Ability to check operations throughout a shift and record various
data according to established format.
Ability to interpret readings on various gauges and meters.
Ability to maintain proper water levels and water pressures.
Ability to relay information regarding shift operation such
as problems encountered and action taken.
Ability to do minor maintenance such as oiling, greasing,
cleaning or replacing gaskets and piping, and replacing packing.
Ability to stand and walk for prolonged time periods.
Ability to climb.
Ability to turn valves and manipulates controls.
Ability to maintain records and files.
Ability 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, and communicate
in English sufficiently to perform 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.