Water Plant Operator I, II, or III (Night Shift)

$36,408 - $65,730 yearly
  • Town of Hillsborough
  • Hillsborough, NC, USA
  • Jul 28, 2022
Full time Utilities Water

Job Description

The following monitoring, treatment and operational duties are representative of this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Starts up and shuts down the water treatment plant.
  • Operates and monitors the functioning of pumps, motors, valves, chemical feeders, and related equipment; recognizes and makes needed adjustments to equipment and or treatment process through hourly rounds and testing.
  • Performs basic water plant maintenance and housekeeping; backwashes filters; fills chemical tanks; performs maintenance on chemical pumps, motors and piping; performs building and grounds maintenance.
  • Performs skilled preventive maintenance and/or adjustments on equipment, including repacking pumps, greasing pumps, adjusting pumps, overhauling, and changing oil in pumps and chemical feeders; performs maintenance and repairs on the plumbing and piping system; maintains and repairs the chemical feed piping system; fills chemical tanks; performs minor maintenance and repair on plant facilities.
  • Collects and maintains accurate data; prepares and submits a variety of records, reports, charts, logs, etc.
  • Gathers samples for lab analysis; performs laboratory quality control testing, such as chlorine residual, Ph, temperature, hardness, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, alkalinity, fluoride, and other tests; performs water quality lab media in lab for use on water microbiological bacteria testing of samples; performs bench jar testing of raw water to optimize the plant's chemical dosage.
  • Adds chemicals in accordance with prescribed standards; receives and properly stores chemical shipments.
  • As the plant is manned 24/7 it serves as the 24-hour emergency call center for utilities. Receives calls from customers (sometimes irate) regarding water bills, water cut-offs, and broken lines; addresses after-hours complaints on nights, weekends, and holidays by dispatching proper personnel for water quality issues, line breaks, sewer spills, and pump station issues; records all received water/sewer service calls. 
  • Reports concerns and failures and takes operational direction from the Operator in Responsible Charge.
  • Participates in classroom and other training to ensure certification can be renewed and for increased learning.
  • Maintains plant security on assigned shifts.
  • Serves as an on-call operator.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Operator II and III added duties:

  • Conducts tours of the plant.
  • Help QA/QC log sheets and state reports.