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Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Trainee

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Tuscaloosa, AL
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The purpose of this classification is to perform specialized technical work functions associated with water or wastewater treatment plant operations and maintenance under the direct supervision of a licensed Grade IV Water or Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator.

Must obtain and maintain a certified Grade IV Water or Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator license meeting the examination and experience requirements set forth by ADEM within 18 months of hiring.

Essential Functions

The following duties are normal for this classification. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned. Specific duties listed may not be required for all positions within this classification, but are determined by the normal requirements for the particular position.

Controls water treatment plant processes and equipment per established procedures to purify/clarify water for human consumption and industrial/commercial use and to ensure a continuous, adequate supply of potable drinking water meeting federal/state regulations.

Monitors wastewater treatment plant processes and equipment operations per established procedures to ensure proper treatment of wastewater per federal/state regulations.

Collects water or wastewater samples for analysis; collects bacteriological samples from designated areas; collects ICR samples; performs in-house testing of samples; calibrates test equipment; records instrument readings and test results.

Performs a variety of quality control tests to determine the composition of water and to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations; performs jar tests to ensure water quality, makes adjustment as necessary.

Performs analysis on bulk chemicals received at the plant; monitors chemical feeds for proper levels; adjusts feed rates as appropriate.

Monitors operation of raw sewage pumps and grit removal equipment; monitors primary/secondary scum and sludge pumps; checks sludge depth; monitors pumping of sludge to digester.

Performs inspections of aeration basins; maintains proper dissolved oxygen and food/microorganism ratio; tests concentration of solids; tests concentration of sludge returned to the system for further treatment; makes adjustments.

Maintains water tank levels; cleans/disinfects water storage tanks; maintains proper water levels in filters; backwashes filters; monitors, operates and calibrates various pumps used to regulate water flow, pressure, and tank levels.

Monitors and inspects plant equipment and operations for safety, maintenance and proper process operations; performs repairs as needed to maintain equipment; refers to appropriate maintenance personnel.

Takes readings from assorted meters/gauges; reads, interprets and records a variety of data; tests and calibrates diagnostic instrumentation as needed.

Performs cleaning, repair, and maintenance tasks to keep plant, machinery, equipment, tools and grounds in good condition.

Operates various machinery, equipment and tools in performance of assigned duties which may include meters, gauges, pumps, chemical feeders, autoclave, calibrator, dump truck, tractor, drill press, welder, shovel, mower, mechanic tools, air compressors, motors, generators, blowers, valves, and diagnostic instruments.

Operates a computer for use in monitoring plant operations, maintaining tank levels, and conducting other work activities.

Prepares and/or completes various forms, reports, logs, charts, or other documents; forwards or maintains as appropriate.

Reports include data to and from ADEM, the EPA, the U.S. Geological department, as well as many other agencies.

Receives various reports, forms, and correspondence; reviews, processes or forwards as appropriate; maintains documentation for reference; prepares and/or completes various forms, reports, logs, charts, or other documents; forwards or maintains as appropriate.

Communicates via telephone and/or two-way radio; provides information; takes and relays messages; responds to requests for service.

Responds to calls from the public concerning water system problems, complaints, or emergency situations; dispatches service requests as necessary.

Serves as after hours point of contact for all Water and Sewer Department problems and reports all problems to appropriate personnel.

Maintains monthly chemical inventory; reviews purchasing costs and orders chemicals as needed; disposes of outdated chemicals.

Tests generators weekly to ensure a standby power source to facility.

Coordinates with the Fire and Police Departments where waterworks are involved.

Recommends policies and procedures that guide and support the provision of quality services by the Department.

Incorporates continuous quality improvement principles in day to day activities.

Must accomplish the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations, in a timely manner.

Must meet regular attendance requirements.

Must be able to maintain good interpersonal relationships with staff, co-workers, and managers.

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED required, preferably supplemented by course work in chemistry, biology, mechanics, and/or mathematics. Experience or training in water or wastewater system operations or related field preferred. Must obtain and maintain a certified Grade IV Water or Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator license meeting the examination and experience requirements set forth by ADEM within 18 months of hiring. Type of system experience or training and type of certified Grade IV Operator license will depend on whether position is assigned to the water treatment plant or the wastewater treatment plant. Must possess and maintain a valid Alabama driver's license. This job classification is considered to be safety-sensitive and is subject to pre-employment and random drug screens.

Minimum Requirements to Perform Essential Job Functions

The following requirements are normal for this classification. Specific requirements may not apply to all positions within this classification, but are determined by the normal requirements for the particular position.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to operate a variety of mechanical and water treatment equipment including air compressors, centrifuge, chemical analyzers, generators, pumps, motors blowers, valves, computers, mechanics' tools, carpenters' tools, and plumbers' tools. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for very heavy work.

DATA COMPREHENSION: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things which may include forms, reports, engineering drawings, electrical diagrams, procedural manuals, and operational manuals.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to speak with and/or signal people to convey or exchange water treatment engineering, mechanical, electrical, and legal information, including giving/receiving assignments and/or directions to/from co-workers, assistants, managers, or supervisors as well as communicating with the general public.

LANGUAGE ABILITY: Requires ability to read a variety of water or wastewater treatment engineering, mechanical, and electrical documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures. Requires the ability to write basic job related documentation and reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control, and confidence using correct English and well-modulated voice.

INTELLIGENCE: Requires the ability to learn and understand relatively complex mechanical and water or wastewater utility-related principles and techniques, to understand departmental policies and procedures, to make independent judgments in absence of supervision, and to acquire and be able to expound on knowledge of topics related to primary occupation.

VERBAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, and to follow verbal and written instructions.

NUMERICAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to add and subtract totals; multiply and divide totals; determine percentages; determine time and weight; interpret statistical data; utilize basic algebraic formulas, and perform statistical calculations.

FORM/SPATIAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to visually inspect items for proper length, width, and shape using job related equipment which may include scales, standard measuring devices, and test kits.

MOTOR COORDINATION: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using mechanical, electrical, and water or wastewater utility-related equipment and to operate a motor vehicle.

MANUAL DEXTERITY: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, electrical, mechanical, and water-utility or wastewater-utility equipment, control knobs, switches, etc. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting motion or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have average levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

COLOR DIFFERENTIATION: Requires the ability to discern color.

INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT: Requires the ability to deal with and relate to people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be able to adapt to and perform under moderate stress when confronted with an emergency.

PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to talk, express, or exchange ideas by means of spoken words and/or hear and perceive nature of sounds by ear.

The City of Tuscaloosa offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time permanent employees that includes retirement, vacation and illness leave, paid holidays, medical and dental insurance, flexible spending account, life insurance, and other supplemental insurances and deferred retirement saving plans.

For a more detailed overview of our benefits package, please visit the Employee Benefits Summary within our website or ****

Do you currently possess a Grade IV Wastewater Operator's License in the State of Alabama?




If no, are you willing to obtain one within eighteen (18) months of hire?




Do you have any conflicts that would prevent you from working nights, weekends, holidays, and/or rotating shifts?




This position is assigned to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Do you have any issues working around raw sewage?




Do you possess an Alabama Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class B?



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City of Tuscaloosa




2201 University Boulevard

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35401

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