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Wastewater Plant Operator II

Company: North Texas Municipal Water District
Location: Mesquite
Posted on: May 25, 2023

Job Description:

Wastewater Plant Operator II

Under the direction of a Lead Wastewater Plant Operator(s), Chief Wastewater Plant Operator(s) and/or the Plant Supervisor (depending on the size and scope of the facility), the Wastewater Plant Operator II performs, plans, and organizes the operation, maintenance, and monitoring of wastewater facilities and associated systems including, but not limited to, headworks, liquid streams, solids handling, odor control, structures, SCADA, and lift stations; performs a variety of work assignments to ensure acceptable asset condition, water quality, and health and safety standards are met or exceeded; and performs and/or supervises related work as required to ensure efficient and effective facility operations.

Major Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with supervisory personnel and other operators to assure optimal process efficiency, proper monitoring, and regulatory compliance.
  • Monitor facility operations by observation, collecting and testing samples, and reading instrumentation (SCADA) to ensure compliant and efficient operations.
  • Perform a range of treatment facility activities including, but not limited to, operation of equipment, maintenance, monitoring systems, managing equipment performance and process data, process improvement, record keeping, and preparation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) as necessary.
  • Notify appropriate personnel of needed repairs and renewal; coordinate with maintenance personnel; and plan, perform, and implement maintenance procedures for treatment assets and lift stations (includes inventory control and management).
  • Vigilantly monitor the facility for any breaches of security and alert appropriate law enforcement agencies and/or supervisors, as appropriate for the situation.
  • Maintain thorough logs and records in both written and electronic form as required; use these records to improve the function and efficiency of various operations.
  • Maintain facility grounds and general housekeeping, as well as the appearance of the facility, in collaboration with other staff and outside contractors.
  • Monitor systems and assets during emergencies and scheduled shutdowns; troubleshoot, diagnose, and report problems; respond to emergencies; and schedule and coordinate responses, repairs, clean-up, remediation, etc.
  • Observe safety guidelines as required by State statutes and as prescribed by the NTMWD. This includes identifying and mitigating safety hazards as well as assisting in the implementation of safety programs.
  • Coordinate with personnel to receive shipments, monitor unloading processes, record into inventory, and check shipment documents for compliance to standard.
  • Learn and comply with applicable NTMWD policies and procedures.
  • Assume the responsibilities of direct supervisor(s) as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Must maintain knowledge of wastewater treatment processes, compliance requirements, operations and maintenance requirements, and reporting/record keeping requirements; including the ability to troubleshoot wastewater equipment and processes and be knowledgeable with performing wastewater tests and interpreting results.
  • Must communicate effectively, both written and verbally, with supervisors, peers, and subordinates to convey information.
  • Maintain basic computer skills, and electrical and mechanical knowledge.

    Education and Experience

  • Possess two (2) years of experience in wastewater treatment or a suitable combination of directly relevant education and experience, as determined by NTMWD.
  • Maintain a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (or predecessor agency) Class C Wastewater Treatment Operator's License.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED (an associate degree or trade certification is preferred).
  • Maintain a valid Texas Driver's License.

    Environmental Factors, Activity Levels and Equipment

    The duties and responsibilities are generally performed in a wastewater treatment environment. The position involves sitting (up to 6 hours per day), frequent standing, frequent walking, light to heavy lifting (up to 75 lbs.), light carrying, frequent bending and reaching, keyboarding, and telephone operation. It often requires an irregular work schedule and overtime hours. Specific physical conditions require frequent work with chemicals, tools, machinery, moving mechanical parts, etc.

    The duties and responsibilities are performed both indoors and outdoors. Moderate to heavy exposure to sun, dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, biological hazards, rain, temperature and noise extremes, hazardous materials and chemicals, machinery, moving mechanical parts, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, and water hazards are common. Performs and reviews work at locations that involve hazardous environments requiring the physical ability to wear and work using personal protective equipment (PPE) that meet or exceed guidelines such as established by OSHA which may result in some physical discomfort due to temperature, dust, odors, chemicals and noise. The position may require work in confined spaces, on ladders and rooftops, and in adverse weather conditions with appropriate training.

    The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Perform functions requiring manual dexterity and precision movements, continuous or repetitive arm and hand movements, grasping movements, and occasional forceful exertion.
  • Perceive/discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth and visual cues or signals.
  • Possess visual and muscular dexterity to operate a motor vehicle (including while towing portable equipment), equipment, hand tools, and a computer.

    Other details
    • Pay Type Hourly
    • Min Hiring Rate $21.96
    • Max Hiring Rate $32.49

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Keywords: North Texas Municipal Water District, Mesquite , Wastewater Plant Operator II, Professions , Mesquite, Texas

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