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Wastewater Plant Operator (2)

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Reviewed Date: June 02, 2017

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Sep 27, 2002


Wastewater Plant Operator (2)

Job description for the position of Wastewater Plant Operator.

Knowledgebase-Wastewater Plant Operator (2)


An employee in this class works under general supervision operating and maintaining a wastewater plant.


Performs a variety of tasks in the operation of a wastewater Treatment plantwhich may include:
Collects composite samples from effluent and effluent at wastewater plant daily.
Collects grab samples from above and below the out-fall of the receiving stream.
Collects samples from aerobic digester, aeration tanks and from the influent andfinal effluent as required.
Conducts chemical analysis such as suspended solids, PH, satiable solids, 5-day biochemical oxygen demand, dissolved oxygen, temperature, percentage total solids and percentage volatile solids.
Operates treatment facility to control flow and processing of wastewater.
Observes variations in operating conditions and interprets meter and gauge readings and tests results to determine processing requirements.
Operates valves and gates either manually or by remote control.


Maintains shift legend records meter and gauge readings. Keeps records and makes reports.
Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of the principles of wastewater treatment plant.
Knowledge of all legal regulations regarding employee health and safety.
Knowledge of the principles of wastewater Treatment.
Knowledge of all legal regulations regarding employee health and safety.
Knowledge of chemical analysis and laboratory equipment used in to performance of chemical analysis.
Ability to keep routine records and make simple reports.
Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with other employees
Ability to obtain a state certification within the first 24 months of employment.
Ability to read and interpret gauges and recording devices.
Ability to learn to make simple standardized chemical tests.
Ability to maintain routine records.

Any combination of experience and/or training to:

High School education or GED.
Some knowledge of the operation and maintenance of pumps, electric motors and similar mechanical equipment.
Valid Tennessee Operator's drivers license.
Applicants must be in such physical condition as not to impair their performance of the required duties of the class and may be required to take a physical examination given by a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State and designated by the City.

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