Plant Operator

Position Title: Plant Operator - Columbia, TN

Position Description: 
The primary function of an employee in this class is to perform operations and maintenance duties, including monitoring, operating, maintaining, and adjusting equipment. Employees in this classification will acquire the necessary skills and related training to perform the more routine operation and maintenance duties at the wastewater treatment facility. This position may be required to work varied shifts throughout the year including nights, weekends and holidays and must be able to work overtime and standby as required.

• Assists in operating, maintaining, monitoring, and adjusting all wastewater plant process equipment, including pumps, motors, gauges, meters, aerators, blowers, chlorinators, chemical feeds, sludge equipment to ensure treated water meets State quality standards;
• Performs daily rounds at the plant by visually checking facilities, equipment, machinery, chemical levels and related systems to ensure proper operation and to detect equipment failures, potential leaks, or other problem situations;
• Assists in monitoring off-site wells and reclaimed distribution systems, including operating equipment by reading chemical and flow levels; inspects equipment, identifies equipment problems, may make minor repairs and adjustments;
• Operates valves, gates and pumps to adjust water flows and chemical injection rates; performs routine maintenance work on valves, feeders, and related equipment as required;
• Assists in monitoring and adjusting flows through wells, pumps, and meters to control the distribution system and system pressure;
• Learns to recognize the need for and may make basic treatment and operational changes to the wastewater processes and distribution systems;
• Reads and interprets meters, gauges, and instruments; enters daily readings into computer databases and/or spreadsheets;
• Performs general site maintenance activities; cleans out basins, clarifiers, channels, reservoirs, filters, and cleans plant process and building and areas;
• Helps organize contracted sludge hauling activities;
• Assists with maintenance, repair, and overhaul of equipment and machinery;
• Performs building and facility maintenance and custodial tasks;
• Prepares and maintains work records, including work orders, maintenance and repair logs, flow records, vehicle inspection forms, daily work logs, and other documentation;
• Performs general cleaning/maintenance tasks necessary to keep vehicles, equipment, and tools in operable condition, which may include inspecting equipment, checking fluid levels, replacing fluids, washing/cleaning equipment, or cleaning shop/work areas; monitors equipment operations to maintain efficiency and safety; 
• Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies and procedures;
• Works in a safe manner and reports unsafe activities, conditions and faulty equipment. Follows City-wide safety policy and practices and adheres to responsibilities concerning safety prevention, reporting and monitoring as outlined in the City's Safety Handbook;
• Monitors operation workers
• Answers phone.

Education/Experience/Skills Required: 
• Tennessee Certificate of Competency (grade 2, 3 or 4) in wastewater
operations must be obtained within 4 consecutive testing opportunities after 
• Valid Tennessee Driver's License; 

Associate's degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two year-college or technical school; or one year to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Associate's degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two year-college or technical school; or two to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

$31,428.80 - $47,174.40

The City pays incentive pay for a degree and for certifications above the salary listed above.

Application Instructions: 
To apply: Position open until filled, first review date November 19, 2018.