invites applications for the position of:
 Treatment Plant Operator-Wastewater Treatment

SALARY:              $22.5671 – 28.1305, Hourly (DOE&Q)
OPENING DATE: 06/11//2020
CLOSING DATE: Continuous until filled

To perform a variety of skilled technical duties and semi-skilled labor in the operation and maintenance of the City's water purification or wastewater treatment plants including monitoring gauges and valves, minor maintenance and collecting and evaluation various data.
This is the entry level class in the Treatment Plant Operator series. Positions in this class are normally filled by advancement from the Treatment Plant Operator Trainee class or when filled from the outside, require prior experience in the construction and maintenance of water/wastewater related facilities. All positions assigned to this class require the ability to work independently exercising judgment and initiative. Duties will normally require the ability to operate the full range of mechanical equipment related to a specific assignment.
Receives general supervision from the Treatment Plant Supervisor.
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES- Essential and other important duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Operate treatment facilities to control flow and processing of wastewater, sludge and effluent; regularly monitor plant functions through reading gauges, graphs, meters, and control panels, and by performing and evaluating chemical tests.
Operate valves, gates, pumps, motors and generators in controlling treatment
processes; perform routine maintenance work on valves and related equipment and facilities,
Operate dump trucks and other motor vehicles.

Make daily rounds of the plant performing a variety of duties pertaining to water or wastewater treatment and plant maintenance.
Observe variations in operating conditions by interpreting meter, gauge, and graph readings and test to determine processing requirements.
Inform supervisors and co-workers of present and potential problems and hazards.
Collect water and wastewater samples; record results of testing as required.
Monitor chemical supplies; change chemical cylinders and storage drums as required.
Maintain logs and worksheets of plant operations; compile equipment readings and test results into hourly, daily, and monthly reports.
Maintain mental capacity which allows the capabilities to:
  • exercise sound judgment and rational thinking under stressful circumstances
  • evaluate various options and alternatives and choose an appropriate and reasonable course of action
  • prepare complex policies and recommendations
  • effectively supervise personnel
  • operate effectively in an economically and culturally diverse environment
Maintain physical condition which will allow the capability to perform the following:
  • running, walking, crawling, or standing for extended periods of time
  • climbing stairs or ladders
  • moving loads of approximately 25 - 50 pounds
Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception for:
  • making observations
  • reading and writing
  • operating necessary and assigned equipment
  • communicating with others
May perform minor preventative maintenance including cleaning and lubricating plant equipment.
Make emergency repairs to plant equipment; record failures of and problems with equipment and write repair work orders.
Answer citizen inquiries and respond to complaints.
May participate in a variety of activities involving travel between various City facilities and properties and other related external business and government agencies which may include transporting materials and debris.

May coordinate plant operational activities in a variety of areas including digesters, primary and secondary clarifiers, generator, chlorine, -sulfur dioxide and ammonia processes, belt press and chemical storage.
Adjust plant operations to changing processing needs; mix and add chemicals as needed to maintain appropriate levels.
Drain and inspect plant structures; clean tanks, screens, filters, drying beds, pipes, clarifiers and pumps.
Calculate flow rates and calibrate valves and feeder systems. Perform related duties as assigned.
Knowledge of:
Functions and purposes of water purification systems or wastewater disposal systems.
Standard principles of biology, chemistry and mathematics as related to water purification or wastewater treatment.
Basic mechanical and electrical systems.
Safe work practice and operational and safety regulations pertaining to water purification or wastewater treatment.
Principles and practices necessary in the operation of a water purification or wastewater treatment plant including the operation and maintenance of plant machinery.
Hazardous gases associated with the treatment of wastewater.
Modern techniques and developments, current literature and sources of information regarding water purification or wastewater treatment.
Automated equipment as applied, to treatment plant operation.
Record keeping principles and basic report preparation techniques.
Ability to:
Operate and maintain water purification or wastewater treatment machinery and equipment.
Make routine repairs and adjustments to motors, pumps and other equipment.
Learn to read meters and gauges correctly and to respond quickly and competently.
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare simple written reports.
Skillfully use tools necessary in making general repairs and adjustments to motors, pumps and other equipment.
Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:
  • making observations
  • reading and writing
  • operating assigned equipment
  • communicating with others
Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of:
  •  making sound decisions
  •  analyze and evaluate various data
  • demonstrating intellectual capabilities
Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include the following:
  • walking, kneeling, stooping, standing or sitting for extended periods of time
  • climbing ladders or stairs
  • lifting and moving light materials
  • operating assigned equipment
Effectively deal with personal danger which may include exposure to:
  • hazardous and toxic fumes and chemicals
  • loud noises
Maintain records and compile data into written reports.
Recognize and react to treatment process changes and demands.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING GUIDELINES - Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
One (1) year of experience performing maintenance and routine operation duties in a water purification or wastewater treatment plant.
Must have completed the twelfth grade and possess a high school diploma, or have a GED.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate Texas Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL).
Possession of a Grade C or higher wastewater or surface water treatment certificate of competency issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), or the former, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.
                                                               Treatment Plant Operator – Wastewater Treatment – Posting #19-021R

Attn:  Hiring Manager
P.O. Box 1089
 Port Arthur, Texas 77641-1089
The City of Port Arthur is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Department: Utility Operations
This is a full time position
Requisition Number: #19-021R

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