Operator Trainee


General Definition of Work
Performs semiskilled work learning to operate a wastewater treatment plant, performing routine tests, performing general plant and grounds maintenance tasks, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the close supervision of the WWTP Operator In Charge.

Qualification Requirements
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions
 - Makes tours of plant and checks engines, generators, pumps, aerators, tanks, filters, clarifiers and other equipment for proper functioning;
 - Skims grease from settling tanks; backwashes filters, cleans bar screens; checks chemical tanks and fills with required chemicals; checks sludge levels; operates a pump truck in the transportation of raw waste;
 - Records readings from meters and instruments; reads and records data on plant operations; enters data;
 - Regulates and adjusts motors, pumps, blowers, valves, and other apparatus to meet changing operating conditions;
 - Collects samples of wastewater effluent; performs minor laboratory tests; enters test data;
 - Performs maintenance and lubrication on equipment;
 - Unloads and stores chemicals and supplies;
 - Performs general custodial and grounds maintenance work;
 - May be required to work outside normal work hours in on-call and emergency situations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Some knowledge of the operating characteristics and maintenance requirements of a wastewater treatment plant; some knowledge of hydraulic, chemical, and mechanical principles pertinent to wastewater treatment plant operations; some knowledge of the occupational hazards of the work and of the necessary safety precautions; skill in the use and care of hand tools; ability to detect flaws in the operation of mechanical equipment and to determine proper remedial measures; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to read meters and charts accurately and to maintain records of shift operations; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, vendors, businesses, and the general public.

Education and Experience
High school diploma or GED, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Physical Requirements
This work requires the regular exertion of up to 10 pounds of force, frequent exertion of up to 25 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force; work regularly requires speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms and repetitive motions, frequently requires standing, walking, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, pushing or pulling and lifting and occasionally requires sitting and tasting or smelling; work has standard vision requirements; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work regularly requires exposure to wet humid conditions (non-weather), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, exposure to outdoor weather conditions and exposure to blood borne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment, frequently requires exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals and occasionally requires working in high, precarious places, exposure to extreme heat (non-weather) and exposure to the risk of electrical shock; work is generally in a loud noise location (e.g. grounds maintenance, heavy traffic).

Special Requirements
Have a valid driver's license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Obtain a valid Virginia Class IV Wastewater Works Operator license within nine months of hire.
Preference of a valid Virginia Class I Wastewater Works Operator license within five (5) years of hire.