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Original Author: MTAS
Date of Material: 08/16/2001


Chief Wastewater Plant Operator

Reviewed Date: 04/23/2021
Job description for the position of chief wastewater plant operator.



This employee is under the general direction of the Superintendent of Water and Sewer. The employee is responsible for the daily operation, supervision, and maintenance of the wastewater treatment facility. Instructions to the employee are general, but established policies, procedures and regulations provide guidance. The employee must occasionally use independent judgement when performing tasks.


The employee will operate a sewer treatment facility requiring the use of mechanical tools, laboratory and testing equipment, and specialized pumps, routers, etc. The employee may also operate a backhoe, truck, mower, welding machine, jackhammer, hand tools, and other equipment.

The employee routinely works both indoors and outdoors and may be exposed to machinery with moving parts, noise, fumes and chemicals, extreme conditions of weather, heavy lifting, etc.


Plans, directs, supervises and reviews the operations and maintenance of the sewer treatment plant.

Assures that the operations of the sewer plant comply with local, state, and federal occupational health and safety, and wastewater regulations.

Conducts bacteriological and chemical tests required by state and federal regulations.

Adds proper chemical dosages to treat, disinfect, deodorize, and clarify wastewater.

Responsible for the accurate completion of a variety of reports as required by local, state, and federal regulations.

Operates wastewater treatment plant.

Checks, repairs, and maintains lift stations; washes and cleans basins; refills digester and drying beds.

Hauls sludge.

Schedules responses and takes necessary action to alleviate customer complaints.


May make recommendations concerning the hiring, promotion, discipline and/or termination of subordinate employees.

Assists with on-the-job training and career development of departmental personnel.

Assists in the preparation of budget and expenditure estimates and reports for operation and maintenance of the plant.

May perform general maintenance and labor activities such as mowing, weed eating, painting, etc.

May assist with maintenance on water and/or sewer lines or pumps and other equipment.

Recommends the purchase of equipment and supplies.

Performs other duties as directed.


Knowledge of state, federal and local standards and regulations regarding wastewater treatment and collection.

Knowledge of chemical analysis and laboratory tests required for wastewater treatment; knowledge in the use of modern laboratory equipment.

Knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of operating wastewater treatment facilities.

Knowledge of the occupational hazards of work and necessary safety precautions.

Knowledge of laws and regulations regarding employee health, safety and employment practices.

Ability to plan, organize, assign, supervise and inspect the work of subordinates.

Ability to conduct and supervise chemical, physical and bacteriological analysis.

Ability to maintain inventory control and administer appropriate purchasing policies and procedures.

Ability to establish and maintain an effective relationship with the public and other employees.


Graduation from a standard high school with additional formal training in chemistry, biology, sanitary and/or environmental engineering or related fields.

At least 1 year experience in the operation of a water treatment facility, preferably with some experience in supervision.

Must posses a valid State of Tennessee drivers license.

Must posses a valid State of Tennessee Class III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator license.


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