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Treatment Plant Operator - WaterCITY OF IOWA CITY - Job Description Job Class #10-07 FLSA Non-Exempt Civil Service Identification Position Title: Treatment Plant Operator - Water Department: Public Works Division: Water Supervisor: Assistant Superintendent – Water / Water Superintendent Job Summary Under general direction, operates and monitors City water treatment plant, machines and equipment to purify and lime soften water for human consumption and industrial use. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities Operates, monitors, inspects and maintains water treatment plant machines and equipment including remote reservoirs, pumps, motors, chlorinators, filters, chemical feeders, clarifiers and laboratory equipment. Calibrates chemical feeders for accuracy, checks levels and makes adjustments; calibrates and maintains laboratory equipment. Monitors computer control system for treatment plant operations, alarms and enters changes. Monitors, reads and interprets gauges, dials and other plant instrumentation to regulate flow rates, system pressure, water elevation and distribution of water; calculates plant flow rates based on water stored and immediate flow demands; adjusts pressures such as plant, GSR and system. Reports any defects and dispatches maintenance to correct defects if necessary. Records information on paper log sheets and in electronic logs; prepares reports and papers. Collects water samples and conducts numerous lab tests to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations; determines levels of alkalinity, hardness, turbidity, pH, Cl2 and fluoride. Assists in performing water quality studies and reports for watershed, wellhead protection and regulatory projects and programs. Performs scheduled and emergency relief operations for water purification plant operators. Receives and responds to public inquiries regarding plant operations; assists in training new plant personnel. Performs building and grounds maintenance. Assists in providing public tours and informational programs. Job Class #10-07 Water Page 2 Updated 10/03/2019 Inspects plant for repairs and relays maintenance requests to appropriate personnel. Performs preventive maintenance to mechanical and on-line and laboratory analytical equipment. Requests chemical orders for the laboratory. Provides safe quality water the public. Monitors SCADA system (plant computer control system). Takes calls from the public regarding water repairs or main breaks. Responds to Iowa ONE calls, dispatches personnel for water line locations and other general requests from City departments or contractors as applicable. Monitors plant security systems and cameras. Maintains a clean facility, washes filters, cleans laboratory and fills lab chemicals. Monitors weather warnings and informs staff of conditions. Ensures security of operational staff and departmental operations; follows protocol in emergency situations. Conducts self in a manner which promotes and supports diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and community. Performs all other related duties as assigned. Physical and Environmental Conditions The physical demands and work environment conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job and are encountered while performing those essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, confined space and communicable diseases. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Job Class #10-07 Water Page 3 Updated 10/03/2019 Minimum Education, Experience and Certification High school diploma or equivalent required. Two years of experience and/or education in water systems required. Iowa DNR Grade I Treatment Plant Operator Certification required within 6 months of hire. Iowa DNR Grade II Treatment Plant Operator Certification required within three years of appointment. Must live within 17 miles of the corporate limits of Iowa City, Iowa within one year of appointment to the position. Valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record required. Must be 18 years of age per Iowa Code 92.8. Must pass criminal background check. Preferred Education, Experience and Certification Associate degree or equivalent in a related field from an educational institution accredited by a DOE recognized accreditation body preferred. Iowa DNR Grade II Treatment Plant Operator Certification at hire preferred. Four years’ experience in water treatment preferred. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Knowledge of micro-computer control systems. Knowledge of occupational safety health regulations concerning water treatment. Knowledge of water treatment processes. Skills in operating equipment and instrumentation at water treatment plant. Skills in collecting water samples and conducting laboratory tests. Ability to evaluate treatment processes and make necessary adjustments. Ability to read and understand technical manuals and regulations. Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations and calculate flow rate, chemical dose and feed rate, and laboratory formulas. Ability to prepare written log sheets and reports. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position.