Wastewater Treatment Operator

Water-treatment-plant operators control processes and equipment that remove pollutants in water so it is safe to drink. Wastewater-treatment-plant operators perform similar duties to ensure wastewater can be returned safely to natural areas or be reused.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • General knowledge of routine facility and equipment maintenance and cleaning methods.
  • Skill in operating wastewater treatment plant equipment, including automatic control devices performing routine maintenance and making operating adjustments to wastewater treatment equipment;
  • Cleaning and painting facilities and equipment and operating assigned plant equipment without immediate or detailed supervision
  • Ability to  recognize unusual, inefficient, or dangerous operating conditions and take appropriate action;
  • Accurately read and record data from gauges and meters; instruct and direct the work of lower level employees;
  • Interpret plant, piping, and distribution diagrams; and
  • Perform routine control tests and adjust plant equipment accordingly

Experience Requirements

  • Typical experience requirements include four years journey-level Operator and/or Stationary Engineer experience in the maintenance, repair and operation of a variety of mechanical and electrical pumping and related plant machinery of a water or wastewater treatment plant; or four years journey-level experience as a Marine Engineer performing duties in the areas of maintenance, repair and operation of a variety of mechanical and electrical pumping and related machinery; or completion of a recognized four year Stationary Engineer apprenticeship program.
  • A Wastewater Treatment Plant operator’s Certificate, Grade II or higher, issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board. A Water Treatment Facility Operator’s Certificate, Grade I or higher, issued by the California State Department of Health.

Available Positions

There are currently no vacancies.