Operator Trainee


General Definition of Work
Performs semiskilled work learning to operate a water treatment plant, taking samples, performing routine tests, helping to ensure proper plant operation, performing preventative maintenance on equipment within and around the plant, maintaining records and files, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the close supervision of the assigned WTP II Operator.

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 regular inspections of plant and equipment to ascertain that it is in proper operation at all times; reports needs for major equipment repairs; makes minor repairs to equipment as needed.

Collects and prepares laboratory samples for testing; performs tests relating to plant operations.

Performs regular checks and maintenance of springs, tanks, and pump stations.

Checks all plant equipment and biological and chemical systems for proper operation and takes necessary corrective actions; adds chemicals to system as indicated by laboratory results.

Makes changes in plant processes as necessary to improve plant efficiency.

Reads meters, gauges and dials and keeps logs of readings.

Regulates and adjusts motors, pumps, valves, and other apparatus to meet changing operating conditions.

Backwashes filters; fills chemical feeder hoppers; removes sludge from sedimentation bases.

Performs minor plant maintenance, grounds keeping, and housekeeping duties.

Unloads and properly stores chemical supply deliveries.

Keeps records.

May be required to work outside normal work hours in on-call and emergency situations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Some knowledge of the principles, practices, equipment, and methods used in water treatment and pumping operations; some knowledge of the occupational hazards connected with water plant operations and related activities and of necessary safety precautions; some knowledge of chemistry as applied to water treatment; ability to adjust pumps, chemical feed machines, and other plant equipment; ability to detect flaws in the operation of equipment and to determine proper remedial measures; ability to take accurate readings, to keep routine records and reports; ability to make arithmetic computations using whole numbers, fractions and decimals; ability to compute rates ratios and percentages; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, vendors, 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 frequent exertion of up to 10 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force; work regularly requires speaking or hearing and using hands to finger, handle or feel, frequently requires standing, walking and sitting and occasionally requires climbing or balancing, reaching with hands and arms, pushing or pulling, lifting and repetitive motions; 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, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, using of measuring devices, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work frequently requires exposure to wet, humid conditions (non-weather), exposure to fumes or airborne particles, exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, exposure to outdoor weather conditions, exposure to the risk of electrical shock and exposure to vibration and occasionally requires working near moving mechanical parts; work is generally in a loud noise location (e.g. grounds maintenance, heavy traffic).

Special Requirements
 - Obtain a Virginia Class IV Waterworks Operator license within nine months of hire.
 - Obtain a Virginia Class III Waterworks Operator license within two years of hire.
 - Obtain a Virginia Class II Waterworks Operator license within three years of hire.
 - Obtain CPR and First Aid certification within six months of hire.
 - Valid driver's license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
 - Preference of a valid Virginia Class I Wastewater Works Operator license within four (4) years of hire.