Operator IV's are tasked with the day-to-day operation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Wastewater Treatment Plant operates 24-hours a day, 365-days a year. The incumbent must have the flexibility to work varying 8-hour shifts which include night, weekend, and holiday work schedules. The individual may be required to work alone and must have the ability to work effectively with minimum supervision. The employee in this position is considered essential personnel and will be required to respond to emergencies as needed throughout the Department of Public Works.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Possess knowledge and understanding of MDE and OSHA Regulations, requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, as well as the safe operating limits of equipment used in the operation of Wastewater Treatment. Possess knowledge and understanding of the Biological Nutrient Removal and Enhanced Nutrient Removal Processes and Anaerobic Digestion process to stabilize Bio-solids and comply with the EPA's 503 regulations. Perform regular walking inspections of the facility and observe Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), monitor control panels and adjust valves and gates manually or by remote control to regulate the flows and treatment processes. Properly respond to all alarms and failures occurring at the facility. Uses problem solving skills to analyze the source of the problem and determine the course of action in the event of emergencies such as power failures or needs relating to plant flooding during high flow events. Prepare, review and evaluate wastewater reports, records, logs and graphs to confirm adequacy and quality of present and projected wastewater discharge. Provide operational support to the Pretreatment Program. Assist in the creation and review of standard operating procedures, memos, process overviews and building overviews. Maintain log of operations and record meter and gauge readings in written form or via computer: handwriting must be legible. Collect wastewater samples and conduct and interpret routine laboratory tests, which include, but are not limited to: Chlorine Residual, pH and Dissolved Oxygen, Solids Testing and Nutrient Testing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, co-workers, vendors and the general public, as well as employees of utilities and other agencies whose business is related to Wastewater Treatment. Must communicate in a courteous and effective manner. Ensures plant equipment and facilities are well maintained, reliable and clean. The incumbent is required on a regular basis to operate a vehicle observing legal and defensive driving practices. Perform manual work and other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
REQUIRED EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
High school diploma or GED.
REQUIRED CERTIFICATES and/or LICENSES
: Temporary Wastewater Class 5A Certificate or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire. A valid driver's license from state of residence equivalent to Maryland Class C in good standing. Must provide a copy of complete driving history.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Pass the Maryland Class 5A Wastewater Treatment Operator Certificate Exam within 3 years from the date of hire. Ability to regularly work beyond the scheduled work shift, including nights, weekends, and holidays, and to travel to various seminars or training classes as required to keep current in the wastewater profession and to maintain the required licenses. Maintain facial hair in compliance with Federal Regulations to be able to wear a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) while performing chemical handling duties. Pass a criminal background check, Work Steps physical, respirator physical and SCBA fit test. Complete all required **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. training.
Knowledge of Federal and State regulations and materials, methods, processes and techniques commonly used in Domestic, Commercial and Industrial Wastewater Treatment. Knowledge of safety standards and practices for hazardous environments, including OSHA safety rules, standards and regulations. Ability to communicate effectively in English and apply common sense understanding to carry out instruction furnished in oral, written or diagram form; ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing to groups and also to individuals; ability to provide classroom and other instructions on the operation, maintenance and safety of a Wastewater Treatment Plant. Knowledge of computers and their applications, especially Microsoft Office Suite at an intermediate level and SCADA applications such as Citect and PLC's. Ability to define problems, collect data, interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables, calculate figures, decimals, fractions, percents, averages, conversions and solve for unknown values; must possess the ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry such as linear, area and volume measurements; must be able to solve mathematical word problems and set up and solve difficult wastewater formulas.
PREFERRED (NOT REQUIRED) SKILLS:
Operation of Skid Loader and Forklift Conduct safety inspections Knowledge in the use of laboratory equipment and performing multiple Wastewater Treatment characteristic testing (e.g., examination of sludge, nitrate and orthophosphate testing, etc.)
he physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, employee is required to wear safety toe boots, and regularly required to stand for long periods of time, walk extensively to monitor a 13-acre facility, sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 55 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, work in confined spaces, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock and vibration. The employee is routinely exposed to wastewater liquids and solids. Work involves exposure to and the handling of, highly hazardous chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.