Under the direction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Foreman, operate and maintain the sludge processing and the disposal equipment of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and pump stations for an assigned shift; perform laboratory testing duties; learn and conduct laboratory testing techniques to assure proper treatment of wastewater; assure plant operations comply with local, State and federal discharge limits; protect the health and safety of personnel, the public and the environment; perform preventive grounds and building maintenance duties.
Essential Job Functions:Operate and maintain the sludge processing and the disposal equipment of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and pump stations for an assigned shift; pump down clarifier scum pits.Assure plant operations comply with local, State and federal discharge limits; make appropriate adjustments to control the flow of wastewater according to established procedures and guidelines in order to protect the health and safety of personnel, the public and the environment.Participate in sludge removal; operate belt press and polymer mixing equipment.Operate and switch pumps at South Shore Lift Station and Lewiston Orchards; monitor flow meters and change strip charts on meters; read, interpret and properly respond to meter and gauge readings and laboratory test results; implement corrective actions to counteract abnormal deviations.Operate a variety of heavy equipment, belt press, polymer mixing and DAFT unit, hand and power tools, grounds maintenance equipment, and electronic testing equipment; operate a computer terminal.Load and unload materials and supplies for treatment plant operation; load and unload chlorine trucks; dispose of grit.Perform preventive maintenance and equipment repair; maintain maintenance and inventory records.Perform laboratory testing duties in the absence of the Laboratory Technician; learn and conduct variouslaboratory testing techniques to assure proper treatment of wastewater.Perform preventive grounds and building maintenance duties such as mowing lawns, weeding, watering, snow removal, painting, equipment cleaning, and basic concrete work.Clean contact basins, clarifier, buildings, etc.Perform related duties as assigned.
Knowledge and AbilitiesLaws, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to assigned wastewater treatment plant duties.Physics and chemistry related to pumping and chemical tests.Wastewater Treatment Plant instrumentation.Mechanical and piping systems including valves, line-ups, gauges and meters.Methods and precautions in storing and handling industrial chemicals.Requirements of maintaining wastewater treatment plant and related facilities in a safe and proper working condition.Record-keeping techniques.Operation of a computer terminal.Health and safety regulations.Technical aspects of operating and maintaining a wastewater treatment plant.Operate and maintain the Wastewater Treatment Plant.Operate the wastewater treatment plant and pump stations to assure compliance withFederal, State and local laws, regulations and standards.Read, interpret and properly respond to meter and gauge readings and laboratory test results.Complete and maintain operational records, reports and logs.Meet schedules and time lines.Protect the health and safety of personnel, the public and the environment.Operate a variety of hand tools, machinery, vehicles and equipment.Recognize and respond quickly to operational emergencies.Perform plant maintenance and housekeeping work.Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.Determine appropriate action within clearly defined guidelines.Observe health and safety regulations.
Education and ExperienceAny combination equivalent to graduation from high school and one year wastewater treatment plant experience.
Licenses and Other RequirementsValid Idaho Class B Commercial Driver's License with an air brake endorsement. Must obtain an Idaho Class I Wastewater Certificate within the first 18 months in this classification.
Working ConditionsWastewater treatment plant and pump stations work environments are subject to adverse weather conditions and driving to conduct work.Physical activities required include dexterity of hands and fingers to operate equipment, tools and gauges, sitting or standing for extended periods of time, walking over metal grates and wet floors, climbing stairs and ladders, bending at the waist, heavy lifting up to 50 pounds, walking over rough or uneven surfaces, pulling, pushing and carrying, and speaking to exchange information.Incumbents are exposed to toxic gases, fumes and chemicals, exposure to poisonous and caustic laboratory chemicals, working in confined or restrictive work chambers and spaces, electrical shocks, and working on ladders and above ground level.