WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR TRAINEE

City of Fort Lauderdale, FL
Published
May 2, 2021
Location
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Job Type
 

Description

POSITION SUMMARY

The City of Fort Lauderdale community builders possess a passion for public service demonstrated by a high degree of enthusiasm, self-reliance, and job proficiency. They effectively convey the vision and mission of the organization and provide excellent service and satisfaction to our internal and external customers.

Under the supervision of a Certified Water Treatment Plant Operator I or the supervisor, an employee will operate and care for a variety of water treatment plant equipment during an assigned shift.
Performs entry level work in the operation and maintenance of a treatment plant and related equipment. The purpose of this classification is to prepare the employee for Class "C" level certification required for employment as a Water Treatment Plant Operator I. After instruction and orientation, the employee will be expected to carry out routine duties as performed by a Water Treatment Plant Operator I. Monitors automated plant equipment through visual inspection for proper operating parameters and mechanical integrity. Maintains a plant log detailing specific information to be saved for record and following shifts. Takes samples at multiple sample points for laboratory analysis and as appropriate compares to automated instrumentation outputs; records and presents findings.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Assists in monitoring automated plant equipment through visual inspection for proper operating parameters and mechanical integrity; maintains a plant log detailing specific information
  • Collects samples, measures, and tests plant processes levels, and others; compares data to automated instrumentation outputs as appropriate ; Performing daily chemical analyses, in accordance with state mandated requirements and federal guidelines, for alkalinity, pH, hardness, fluoride, chlorine, color, turbidity, temperature, chlorides, and LSI (Langlier Corrosive Index).makes corrections and necessary adjustments under supervision Operates and adjusts blowers, pumps, agitators, computers, valves, and other equipment in order to maintain the highest degree of treatment under supervision
  • Assist with maintenance staff and Plant Operators on specific projects from an operational perspective; adjusts or bypasses job specific areas, processes, or equipment to ensure consistent treatment, plant integrity, and safety
  • Assists in preparing work order requests to repair or calibrate plant equipment
  • Receives, tests, stores, monitors, changes, and returns liquid chlorine cylinders as applicable
  • Complies with safety regulations and standard operating procedures
  • Gains knowledge of Federal, State, and County regulations for safe drinking water and wastewater compliance including the Florida Administrative Code (FAC)
  • Observes and report any abnormalities in water quality or equipment around the plant
  • Monitors chemical deliveries; monitors the transfer of chemicals; orders and receives chemicals for laboratory analysis
  • Assists in the preparation of various reports; documents sampling results on plant documents
  • Reads a variety of charts and meters; maintains accurate log sheet
  • Works around high voltage, rotating equipment and various hazardous chemicals.
  • Performs related work as required

JOB REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT

  1. High School Diploma on G.E.D. equivalency. Additional qualifying experience or completion of coursework at an accredited college or university in a job related field, may substitute on a year-for-year basis for one year of the required experience or education.
  2. Must obtain a Class "C" Water Treatment Plant Operator's License by the third examination attempt or within two and one-half (2-1/2) years from the date of hire as an, apprentice whichever comes first

Special Requirements:
Essential Employees may be required to work during a declared emergency. The employee's Department Head will determine who will be required to work.

PHYSICAL STANDARDS REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The position involves medium physical demands, Ability to climb stairs in order to obtain samples and to maintain work areas including lime machines and chemical feeders. Ability to lift 50lbs polymer in order to fill chemical feed equipment to be able to maintain quality water treatment. Ability to work in dusty areas while maintaining/cleaning work areas especially lime machines. Ability to bend to collect samples and physically shovel lime waste to degrit water. Ability to stand for long periods of time in order to perform chemical analysis.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

HOW TO APPLY/ VETERAN INFORMATION

Depending on the number of applicants and the quality of their education and experience, the examination may consist of one or more of the following tests: Evaluation of Training & Experience, Oral Interview, Written Examination, or other assessment method. Applicants must attain a minimum score of 70 in each part of the examination in order to qualify. All successful applicants may be required to take a medical examination and/or pass a drug screening prior to appointment.

An eligible veteran who enters an open-competitive examination shall receive preference points added to the total passing score earned in the examination as provided for in the Florida Statutes. To obtain veteran's preference, candidates MUST submit a copy of separation papers and the City of Fort Lauderdale's veteran's preference claim form J-204 .
Closing Date/Time: 5/6/2021 5:00 PM Eastern

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