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Job Specification


 Under direction, operates, adjusts, regulates, and maintains plant
 machines and equipment to purify and clarify water for human
 consumption and industrial use; 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.


 Operates and controls electric motors, pumps, and valves to regulate
 flow of raw water into treatment plant.

 Dumps specified amounts of chemicals such as chlorine, ammonia, 
 and lime into water or adjusts automatic devices that admit specified
 amounts of chemicals into tanks to disinfect, deodorize, and clarify

 Starts agitators to mix chemicals and allow impurities to settle to
 bottom of tank.

 Turns valves to regulate water through filter beds to remove

 Pumps purified water into water mains.

 Monitors panelboard and adjusts controls to regulate flow rates, loss
 of head pressure and water elevation, and distribution of water.

 Cleans tanks and filter beds using backwashing (reverse flow of

 Repairs and lubricates machines and equipment using handtools 
 and power tools.

 Tests water samples to determine acidity, color, and impurities using
 colorimeter, turbidimeter, and conductivity meter.

 Dumps chemicals such as alum into tanks to coagulate impurities 
 and to reduce acidity.

 Records data such as residual content of chemicals, water turbidity,
 and water pressure.

 May perform minor repairs such as replacing packing in pumps or 
 valves and/or replacing bearings in motors and pumps, lubricating 
 machines, and equipment.

 May operate primary pumping equipment to transfer raw water 
 to treatment plant or to distribute treated water to residential,
 commercial, or industrial establishments.

 Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
 and/or manual recording and computerized information 
 systems used by the agency, office, or related units.



 One (1) year of experience in operating, adjusting, regulating,
 repairing, and maintaining electric motors, pumps, valves, 
 and other electrical and mechanical equipment of the type used 
 in a water treatment plant, pumping station, or filtration plant.

 NOTE:  Appointees may be required to complete other 
 job-related training courses, as required by the Appointing Authority.


 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 NJ 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 of the purpose and operation of varied equipment found 
 in a water treatment plant such as pumps, valves, and gauges.

 Knowledge of methods used in operating, adjusting, and regulating 
 alum and lime feeders, chemical feed machines and chlorinators,
 purification machines, water pumps, filters, and flowmeters.

 Knowledge of methods used in regulating amounts of water and 
 pumping it into a distribution system or storage tanks.

 Knowledge of the location and functions of all equipment present 
 in the plant.

 Knowledge of techniques used in collecting water samples and in
 conducting and recording standard bacteriological analysis of water.

 Knowledge of methods used in replacement of packing in pumps 
 and valves, replacement of bearings in motors and pumps, and 
 of equipment lubrication.

 Knowledge of techniques used in conducting other tests using
 colorimeter, turbidimeter, and conductivity meter.

 Knowledge of arithmetic operations used in determining correct 
 amounts of chemicals (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and 
 division of whole numbers).

 Knowledge of precautions to be observed when handling chemical 

 Knowledge of water treatment processes including but not limited 
 to ammoniation, deflouridation, chlorination, and so forth.

 Ability to work under general direction and to follow a prescribed

 Ability to do work that is repetitive but requires strict adherence to
 prescribed procedures.

 Ability to check operations throughout a shift and to record various
 data according to established format.

 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 perform minor maintenance such as oiling and greasing,
 cleaning and replacing gaskets and piping, and replacing packing.

 Ability to stand and walk for prolonged periods of time.

 Ability to climb.

 Ability to turn valves and controls.

 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
04296LC N/A03-

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.