Plant Operator Maintainer Trainee

City of Boynton Beach, FL
January 22, 2023
Boynton Beach, FL
Job Type


Purpose of Classification The purpose of this classification is to provide mechanical and operational support to plant personnel and/or managers in the operation of water treatment plants. Incumbents may be assigned to either the lime softening or membrane plant.

Essential Functions The following duties and functions, as outlined herein, are intended to be representative of the type of tasks performed within this classification. They are not listed in any order of importance. The omission of specific statements of the duties or functions 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.

Assists plant operators in controlling all water treatment plant processes and equipment per established procedures to purify/clarify water for human consumption and industrial/commercial use and to ensure a continuous, adequate supply of potable drinking water meeting federal/state regulations.

Assists in the operation and monitoring of all plant processes including chemical delivery systems for chlorine, sulfuric acid, caustic soda, lime slurry, polymer, polyphosphate, fluoride; deep well injection systems, reverse osmosis nanofiltration systems, degassifiers, filters softening basins. Obtains and records field and computer readings of flow, tank and/or silo levels and volumes by visual inspections or level indicators; ensures delivery of various chemicals to their appropriate tanks. Assists with laboratory tests and/or analyses for chlorine residual, ammonia residual, pH, conductivity, and hardness.

Operates/maintains vacuum filter machine to remove sludge from thickener machine by lowering rake to push sludge into vacuum filter machine and into dump truck for dumping; adjusts vacuum filter water valves and belt; washes vacuum filter holding tank, sludge containment area, floors, and walkways; washes/scrapes vacuum filter drop chute.

Performs general maintenance tasks necessary to keep buildings, vehicles, equipment, and tools in operable condition, which may include inspecting equipment, checking/replacing fluids, greasing equipment, replacing parts, washing/cleaning equipment, cleaning work areas, painting of building surfaces, pipes and equipment, maintaining grounds including removing trash and emptying trash cans, replacing light bulbs, refilling paper supplies, reporting faulty equipment or problem situations.

Performs various skilled and manual tasks in support of plant operations, which may include cleaning tanks, inspecting/draining containment areas, hosing clearwell decks, checking/cleaning service pump room, exercising concentrator doors and verifying blowdown flow, exercising generators by resetting timers and checking breakers, exercising/cleaning eyewash and showers, de-scaling treatment basins, acidizing filters, wiping down equipment and control panels, replacing filter console lights, loading/unloading materials, lifting/moving heavy materials, painting building, piping and/or equipment surfaces, and opening and closing compound gates.
Utilizes a variety of mechanic tools which may include carpentry tools, shovel, pick axe, testing materials, diagnostic tools and radio communications equipment. Conducts periodic inventory counts of equipment, tools, chemicals, and supplies.

Follows safety procedures while performing job functions, especially with the handling of caustics and acids; utilizes safety equipment when/where required, monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals. Assists with maintaining and updating the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) log book.


Assists in other maintenance or operational duties as needed; conducts various errands as required.

Provides assistance or coverage to other employees as needed and performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or valid equivalent; supplemented by five (5) months previous experience and/or training involving equipment maintenance, equipment operation, or water treatment plant operations.
  • Possess (or obtain within fourteen (14) days of hire) and maintain a valid State of Florida driver's license.

Individuals selected for this position will be required to successfully complete a training program within two (2) years in the position. The training program will cover all facets of the job, including plant operations and maintenance. Successful completion of the training program will be based on meeting the criteria outlined in the Career Path Advancement Requirements section (below). Failure to successfully complete the requirements of the program may result in termination from the training program and separation of employment.


  • Passing score on the written exam for the State of Florida Class C Drinking Water License or successful completion of required training course for the State of Florida Class C Water License.
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid Florida Commercial Driver's License (CDL) including appropriate endorsement(s).


The follow requirements must be met to advance to Utilities Water Treatment Plant Operator I:

  • Must have a minimum of one (1) year of work experience within the assigned water treatment plant.
  • Must successfully complete the requirements of a training program within two (2) years by doing the following:
    • Must meet 100% of the Operator Maintainer Trainee KSAs.
    • Must meet the established performance criteria for Process Technician, Operator, and maintenance functions.

Must obtain the State of Florida Class C Drinking Water License.
Meeting the above career path advancement requirements must be verified and documented by the assigned supervisor.

Experience and/or training received from an outside entity will be evaluated on a case by case basis for credit towards the above minimum work experience.


Effectively communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, contractors, engineers, utility companies, vendors, outside agencies, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Accurately and expeditiously receives and delivers messages and information to the appropriate individuals.

Ability to prepare accurate and thorough written records and reports.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervisory direction.

Ability to understand and quickly and accurately follow brief oral and written instructions on moderately complex matters.

Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with Supervisor, customers, other employees, other departments, other governmental and regulatory agencies, and the general public as needed.


Knowledge of and the ability to perform arithmetic computations involving whole numbers, fractions and decimals, including determination of linear, square and cubic measurements.

Skill in operating an assigned vehicle.

Ability to appropriately apply basic chemistry, microbiology, mathematics and technology concepts as related to the process.

Ability to properly maintain tools and equipment.

Ability to properly operate, maintain, install, repair and troubleshoot process equipment.

Demonstrated ability to acquire new knowledge of the operation of equipment, and the materials, supplies and tools used in performance of the maintenance function.
Ability to analyze and resolve process control problems and equipment malfunctions, or otherwise identify and recommend solutions to routine or recurring problems.

Demonstrated ability to read, comprehend and correctly apply written instructions, operation and maintenance manuals, plans, and other job-related materials.

Demonstrated ability to operate computers and utilize computer programs related to the operations and maintenance functions, including maintaining equipment operating and maintenance records and reports.

Demonstrated ability to acquire new skills and knowledge to successfully complete required on-the-job training.

Ability to comply with company procedures, policies, labor contracts, safety rules and regulations, and employ safe work practices.


Physical Ability : Tasks require the regular and, at times, sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (50 pounds).

Sensory Requirements : Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors : Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, odors, wetness, humidity, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, toxic agents, disease, or pathogenic substances.

The City of Boynton Beach, Florida, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S. C. 12101 et. seq.), the City of Boynton Beach will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the abilities and aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat of significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. Requirements are representative of the minimum level of knowledge, skills, and ability.


Certain servicemembers and veterans, and the spouses and family members of such servicemembers and veterans, receive preference and priority in the City's hiring process. Additionally, certain servicemembers may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements in employment by the City.

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