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City of Chandler Salary Plan - 2013-14
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OT Status Legend:
Non-Exempt = Hourly Position
Exempt = Salaried Position
Excellence is the responsibility of everyone at the City of Chandler. We lead by our core values in constant pursuit of excellence:

*Commitment – Dedicate oneself to consistent and excellent public service
*Innovation – Implement unique, creative and cost-effective solutions
*Communication – Communicate in a positive, honest and productive manner
*Integrity - Adherence to high ethical standards
*Diversity – Promote inclusiveness and impartiality throughout the organization
*Personal Responsibility – Take initiative to achieve excellence and accept accountability
*Respect – Demonstrate a high regard for others
*Teamwork – Promote cooperative efforts, open communication and trust

All City employees are expected to conduct themselves in a way consistent with the above values.

 
Job Description
WATER PLANT OPERATOR I

Pay Grade: L19                 FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Job Group: Labor & Trades (L)        Class Code: W009    
Effective Date: 7/01                Revision Date: 8/03, 7/05, 1/08, 7/10

Classification Summary:
The primary function of an employee in this class is to perform operations and maintenance duties in a water treatment facility, including monitoring, operating, maintaining and adjusting equipment. This is an entry-level position within the Water Plant Operator Series. Employees in this classification will acquire the necessary skills and related training to perform the more routine operation and maintenance duties at a water treatment facility. An employee in this class may be assigned to other maintenance duties in the City's Municipal Utilities Department. This position is required to work varied shifts (including second and third shift) throughout the year work and must be able to work overtime as required.

Essential Functions:
Essential Functions are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills. They are intended to be accurate summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it. Employees are responsible for all other duties as assigned.
Assists in operating, maintaining, monitoring, and adjusting all water plant process equipment including control panels, gauges, meters, and the SCADA system to detect and correct variations in operating conditions to ensure treated water meets City, County and State quality standards;
Makes hourly rounds of the plant conducting visual inspections to monitor coagulations, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration and disinfectant processes;
Assists in monitoring off-site wells, including operating equipment by reading chemical and flow levels; inspects equipment, identifies equipment problems, may make minor repairs and adjustments;
Operates valves, gates, and pumps to adjust water flow and chemical injection rates; performs routine maintenance work on valves, feeders, and related equipment as required;
Learns to recognize the need for and may make basic treatment and operational changes to water treatment processes and distribution systems to meet water quality standards;
Reads and interprets meters, gauges, and instruments; enters daily readings into computer databases and spreadsheets;
Collects and performs water testing;
Performs building and facility maintenance and custodial tasks;
Performs annual maintenance on flush equipment, exercises valves and ensures that fire extinguishers are functioning properly;
Prepares and maintains work records, including work orders, maintenance and repair logs, water pressure records, flow records, vehicle inspection forms, daily work logs, compliance reports and other documentation;
Assists with inspecting, testing and evaluating incoming supplies, materials and equipment related to water treatment;
Performs general cleaning/maintenance tasks necessary to keep vehicles, equipment, and tools in operable condition, which may include inspecting equipment, checking fluid levels, replacing fluids, greasing equipment, replacing parts, washing/cleaning equipment, or cleaning shop/work areas; monitors equipment operations to maintain efficiency and safety;
Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies and procedures;
Works in a safe manner and reports unsafe activity and conditions. Follows City-wide safety policy and practices and adheres to responsibilities concerning safety prevention, reporting and monitoring as outlined in the City's Safety Handbook.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:
Monitors wastewater lift stations and water reclamation plant after hours, on weekends and during holidays.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:
Methods, equipment, materials, tools, and standard practices for the operation of a water treatment facility;
Methods of water sampling;
Methods of physical and chemical treatment of potable water, including but not limited to, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection;
Maintenance procedures including equipment, pumping systems, and valves related to the operation of a water treatment facility;
Water treatment facility emergency procedures;
Operational standards of water treatment;
Safety practices in operation of electrical and mechanical equipment used in water treatment facilities;
Ordinances and regulations governing operation and maintenance of water treatment facilities;
Equipment and tool operation and maintenance practices;
Occupational hazards and safety precautions involved in water treatment facility operations;
Proper use and disposal of hazardous materials in accordance with established guidelines;
Confined space entry procedures;
Traffic laws involved in vehicle operation;
Federal OSHA and State and County regulations and City policies regarding safe work practices and handling and disposal of hazardous materials.

Ability to:
Follow written and oral instructions;
Read and interpret maps, technical specifications and operational manuals;
Read and interpret meters, gauges, control panels, and testing and monitoring equipment;
Inspect machinery, equipment, and mechanical systems in operation to detect flaws and defects;
Respond to emergency situations, such as power outages, system alarms, and adverse water treatment conditions;
Perform mathematical calculations in order to calculate quantities, trends, times, distances, measures and weights;
Operate manual and automated valve, pump, and control systems;
Operate a motor vehicle;
Operate power equipment;
Operate hand tools;
Operate respirators;
Prepare daily logs and maintain system performance records;
Operate a personal computer and related software and demonstrate proficiency to complete work requests and work orders, documents, spreadsheets, email and timesheets;
Communicate effectively with the public, contractors and other employees.

Supervision Received:
The work is performed under the direct supervision of the Water Systems Operations Superintendent with direction provided by the Water Plant Operator II.

Supervision Exercised:
None

Minimum Qualifications:
High school diploma or GED equivalency; and
One (1) general construction, maintenance, repair work and/or equipment maintenance, or one (1) year experience in industrial or treatment facility environment; and
ADEQ Grade I Water Treatment Facility Operator Certificate at time of hire or promotion; and
ADEQ Grade II Water Treatment Plant Operator Certification within one (1) year of hire or promotion date; and
Hazwoper 40 Hour Certification within six (6) months of hire or promotion date; and
Valid Arizona Driver's License; or
Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Desirable Qualifications:
One (1) to three (3) years water treatment system experience;

Work Environment:
The primary duties of this class are performed in a treatment plant and outdoor environment that may include working in adverse weather conditions, hazards involving the use of power tools and equipment, exposure to hazardous and allergenic chemicals and materials and working in confined spaces.

Essential Physical Abilities:
Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions, communicate with other employees and the public, and discern warning or emergency alarms, including vehicle backup warnings;
Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions and work orders, technical and operational documents, discern color-coded equipment indicators, and move over rough or unfamiliar terrain;
Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate a motor vehicle, operate a variety of power and hand tools, operate a personal computer, and to make adjustments to equipment;
Sufficient strength to lift and carry objects up to 50 pounds for varying distances;
Sufficient body flexibility, mobility, stamina, and balance to perform operation and maintenance tasks which require bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching, twisting, climbing and working on ladders, working in confined spaces, and moving over rough or unfamiliar terrain;
Sufficient ability to endure prolonged exposure to arid desert conditions such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, and prolonged sun and heat exposure during summer months.