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Water Plant Operator (2)

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Reviewed Date: January 10, 2017

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Sep 30, 2002


Water Plant Operator (2)

Job description for the position of Water Plant Operator.

Knowledgebase-Water Plant Operator (2)WATER PLANT OPERATOR


An employee in this class works under general supervision operating and maintaining a water plant and other related duties and required.


Performs a variety of tasks in the operation of a water treatment plant.
Collects samples of water from the distribution system to be used in laboratory analysis.
Conducts physical, chemical, and bacteriological analyses, such as tests for alkalinity, hardness, carbon dioxide, PH, iron, aluminum, manganese, and turbidity of raw and finished water.
Checks free chlorine residual in finished water and adjusts chlorinator for proper chlorine level.
Make jar tests and adjusts coagulate feeders to proper dosages.
Checks and services mechanical equipment.
Operates PH meter, aspirator, microscope, comparator , incubators, analytical scales, berets, stills, sterilizer, and other laboratory equipment.


Performs routine maintenance functions and custodial duties. Keeps records and makes reports.
Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of the principles of water treatment.
Knowledge of State standards of water treatment.
Knowledge of chemical analysis and laboratory equipment used in the performance of chemical analysis.
Ability to conduct chemical, physical, and bacteriological analysis such as tests for turbidity, carbon dioxide, alkalinity, PH, and hardness.
Ability to keep routine records and make reports.
Ability to operate PH meter, aspirator, microscope, comparator, incubator, analytical scales, berets, sterilizer, and other equipment required in laboratory analyses.
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
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.
Valid Tennessee Operator's drivers license.

Any combination of experience and/or training equivalent to:

High School education or GED.
Some knowledge of the operation and maintenance of pumps, electric motors and similar mechanical equipment.
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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