Water Treatment Operator II/III/IV/V

City of Redlands Redlands, CA
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Under direction to perform a variety of skilled technical duties in the operation and maintenance of the City's water treatment plants, water production equipment, and reservoirs.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

These are the journey levels in the class series. Positions at these levels perform the full range of duties as assigned, working independently and exercising judgment and initiative. Positions at these levels receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. May exercise technical supervision over lower level staff. Positions in this class series are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from lower levels by meeting the minimum requirements, successful performance, budget availability, and management recommendation. When filled from the outside, the employee is required to have prior related experience which allows the employee to meet the qualification standards for the position level.

Examples of Duties:

* Operates and monitors water treatment plant facilities including, but not limited to, disinfection, coagulation, flocculation, and filtration process equipment;

* Collects samples and uses laboratory test equipment to ensure water meets all California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and EPA standards;

* Observes variations in plant functions and operating conditions through the use of SCADA;

* Monitors charts, graphs, meters, instrument gauges, and electronic systems;

* Interprets changing process needs from laboratory results, chemical dose calculations, and observations;

* Makes adjustments to plant flow rate, chemical dosages, and process functions;

* Cleans and backwashes filters to maintain optimal treatment within CDPH guidelines;

* Utilizes computers for operations and updating data;

* Handles hazardous materials;

* Receives and transfers chlorine, caustic soda, alum, ammonia, potassium permanganate, activated carbon, and polymers, including anionic, non-anionic, cationic, and other;

* Changes out 150 lb and 1-ton chlorine gas cylinders and delivery sodium hypochlorite to well sites;

* Operates potable and nonpotable systems, including, but not limited to, seven distribution system pressure, reservoirs and transmission facilities, two conventional surface water treatment plants utilizing control valves, booster pump stations, wells, and SCADA system;

* Operates wells to maintain reservoir storage;

* Tests and adjusts regulators to maintain and ensure proper chlorine residual, tabulate flow readings, and make appropriate adjustments for proper operation;

* Responsible for house keeping of treatment facilities;

* Transports and changes hazardous chlorine gas cylinders;

* Performs general maintenance on chlorination equipment (gas chlorine and sodium hypochlorite);

* Sounds well levels;

* Records and interprets water table information for all well sites;

* Assesses facilities deficiencies and makes minor repairs;

* Coordinates major repair activities with maintenance personnel;

* Informs supervisor and co-workers of present and potential problems and hazards;

* Conducts tours of treatment facilities;

* Performs minor, and assists in major, plant equipment maintenance to electric motors, pumps, gear housings, chlorination equipment, analyzers, and process control equipment;

* Conducts quarterly and annual maintenance to facilities including drain;

* Inspects and cleans plant and reservoir structures;

* Performs a variety of custodial duties to ensure treatment plant and associated facilities are maintained in a clean, orderly, and safe condition;

* May assist with the lead supervision and training of new personnel; and

* Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications:

Experience

For Water Treatment Operator II:

* Two years of water utility experience performing maintenance and routine operation duties in a water treatment plant.

For Water Treatment Operator III:

* Three years of water utility experience performing maintenance and routine operation duties in a water treatment plant.

For Water Treatment Operator IV:

* Four years of water utility experience performing maintenance and routine operation duties in a water treatment plant.

For Water Treatment Operator V:

* Five years of water utility experience performing maintenance and routine operation duties in a water treatment plant.

Education

For Water Treatment Operator II/III/IV/V:

* Equivalent to a high school diploma. Additional college level course work in water treatment and distribution systems, chemistry, biology, or a related field is desirable.

Licenses and Certificates

For Water Treatment Operator II:

* Possession of a valid class C driver's license.

* Possession of a Grade T2 Water Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the California Department of Public Health.

* Possession of a Grade D2 Water Distribution Operator Certificate within one year.

For Water Treatment Operator III:

* Possession of a valid class C driver's license.

* Possession of a Grade T3 Water Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the California Department of Public Health.

* Possession of a Grade D3 Water Distribution Operator Certificate.

For Water Treatment Operator IV:

* Possession of a valid class C driver's license.

* Possession of a Grade T4 Water Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the California Department of Public Health.

* Possession of a Grade D3 Water Distribution Operator Certificate.

For Water Treatment Operator V:

* Possession of a valid class C driver's license.

* Possession of a Grade T5 Water Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the California Department of Public Health.

* Possession of a Grade D4 Water Distribution Operator Certificate.

Special Requirements:

Essential functions and duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:

* Ability to travel to different sites and locations;

* Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, crawl, twist, climb, and lift 50 lbs.;

* Exposure to heat, noise, outdoors, vibration, confining work space, chemicals, explosive materials, mechanical hazards, and electrical hazards, toxic substances, foul odors, wastewater, sludge, effluents, bacteria, viruses, and traffic hazards.

* Ability to walk on uneven surfaces;

* Available for rotational standby and on-call duties.