Water Operator I/II

City of Watsonville | Watsonville, CA

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Posted Date 11/12/2020
Description

Salary: $59,072.00 - $87,484.80 Annually

 

The candidate will have a fundamental knowledge of water treatment and distributuin principles. Desirable skills include general electrical troubleshooting, working with instrumentation and controls, and understanding and maintaining SCADA and PLC systems. Additionally, the ability to analyze regulatory documents, creat spreasheets, and prepare formal reportrs is highly desirable. 

This position will be filled at either the Water Operator level I or II depending on the experience and skill level of the selected applicant. 

DMV printout required with application. 
 
WATER OPERATOR I
DEFINITION
            To operate, inspect, maintain, and repair the City’s water slow sand filtration plant and distribution system including storage reservoirs, wells, booster stations, control valves, associated controls and supervisory control data acquisition system. 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
This job class is the entry and training level classification in the water operations series and performs unskilled operational and maintenance tasks while learning semi-skilled and the more skilled tasks for the day-to-day operations of the City’s slow sand filter plant and water distribution system.  Employees in this classification are expected to study and attend classes on their own time and are required to obtain a grade D2 Water Distribution Operator certification and a grade T2 Water Treatment Operator certification from the California Department of Health Services within 18 months of initial employment.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED
  • Receives close supervision from the Senior Water Operator and direction from the Water Operator II.
WATER OPERATOR II
 
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
This job class is a journey level classification performing skilled operational and maintenance tasks. The incumbent exercises responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the City’s filter plant and distribution system. 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED
  • Receives general supervision from the Senior Water Operator or the Water Operations Supervisor.

 

Examples of Duties

 

WATER OPERATOR I
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Uses a computer to monitor and operate the water system
  • Assists in the operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment related to the operation of a slow sand filter plant, well sites and pumping stations
  • Performs a variety of preventative maintenance work and inputs work performed into a computerized maintenance management program
  • Conducts regular inspections of all plant equipment and pump stations to assure proper operations, and adjusts equipment as needed
  • Cleans, lubricates, adjusts, operates, and assists in making repairs to water pumps, hydraulically operated valves, engines, chlorinators, and related equipment
  • Tests auxiliary equipment such as natural gas, propane, and diesel engines to ensure proper operation
  • Performs basic laboratory tests as required to monitor filter plant and distribution system
  • Monitors chlorination process and regulates dosages
  • Checks equipment oil levels and changes oil and filters as needed
  • Performs a variety of general maintenance work such as painting, cleaning, and grounds keeping
  • Performs related duties similar to the above in scope and function as required

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS
Knowledge of:
  • basic computer skills
  • basic math skills in algebra
  • basic operating principles of valves, pumps and motors
  • basic building and grounds maintenance
  • safe work practices
  • safe use of hand tools and power tools
Ability to:
  • obtain a Grade T2 Water Treatment Operator certificate and a Grade D2 Water Distribution Operator certificate within 18 months of employment
  • work safely
  • operate, maintain, and make repairs to pumps, motors, compressors, and other mechanical equipment
  • operate a desktop computer and applicable computer software programs as required to control the treatment plant and water distribution system
  • generate correspondence, emails, memos, reports, maintain maintenance records and to perform other similar tasks as required
  • skillfully use a variety of tools and equipment related to water plant maintenance and operations
  • read and understand meters, gauges, and recording devices
  • regulate chlorine dosages in water systems
  • maintain accurate records
  • understand and carry out oral and written directions
  • interact tactfully and courteously with the public
  • establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties
  • perform physical tasks involving frequent bending, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling of weights up to 80 pounds
  • climb vertical ladders to heights of over 30 feet
  • drive an automobile
  • use a keyboard
  • grasp with right and left hands
  • hear and distinguish various sounds, such as abnormal equipment sounds, voices of co-workers in noisy environments, pager, cell phone, etc.
Other Requirements:
  • high school diploma or GED
  • must be clean-shaven at all times as required to wear respiratory protection equipment
  • willingness to take “on call” duty 24 hours a day for seven day intervals and be within a 45-minute response time under normal traffic conditions
  • willingness to work nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed during emergencies and while taking “on call” duty
  • must be willing to study and attend classes on own time and obtain sufficient education to meet the minimum education qualifications for examination by the California Department of Health Services, for both the Grade D2 Water Distribution Operator Certification and the Grade T2 Water Treatment Operator Certification within the first 12 months of employment (typically one 3-unit, 36 hour course covering the fundamentals of drinking water treatment). As knowledge, background and skills increase, the incumbent will be required to obtain a Grade D2 Water Distribution Operator certification and a Grade T2 Water Treatment Operator certification from the California Department of Health Services within 18 months of initial employment.
WATER OPERATOR II 
(in addition to the above standards)

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES – Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Uses a computer to monitor plant processes, distribution system operations and related site operations with a supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA)
  • Conducts regular inspections of all plant equipment, wells, booster pump stations, and reservoirs to assure proper operations, and adjusts equipment as needed
  • Operates, maintains, and repairs a variety of equipment and systems related to the operation of a slow sand filter plant and water distribution system including booster pumps, wells, regulating valves, telemetry controls, monitoring devices, and electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electro-mechanical, equipment
  • Cleans, lubricates, adjusts, operates, and makes repairs to water pumps, engines, chlorinators, and related equipment
  • Tests auxiliary equipment such as natural gas, propane, and diesel engines to ensure proper operation
  • Performs a variety of routine preventative maintenance and repair duties and inputs work performed into a computerized maintenance management program
  • Performs a variety of general maintenance work such as painting, cleaning, and grounds keeping
  • Collects water samples and performs basic laboratory tests as required to monitor filter plant and distribution system
  • Installs, maintains, repairs chlorination equipment, monitors chlorination process and regulates dosages
  • Checks equipment oil levels and changes oil and filters as needed
  • Responds to emergency calls
  • May provide work direction for others assigned to assist in maintenance and repair assignments
  • Performs related duties similar to the above in scope and function as required

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS
Knowledge of:
  • operation of water treatment plants, pumping stations, water wells, and hydraulic control valves
  • operation, maintenance, and cleaning of a slow sand filtration plant
  • methods, materials, tools, equipment, and procedures used in the operations and maintenance of wells, pumps, motors, compressors, engines, hydro-pneumatic systems, valves, electrical panels, controls, chemical feed equipment and related water treatment or distribution system equipment
  • water chlorinating methods and equipment
  • meters, gauges, and data recording equipment and electrical control systems
  • basic building and grounds maintenance
  • water sampling and testing procedures and basic laboratory principles and practices
  • state and federal regulations and laws related to water quality, production and supply sources
  • basic computer skills and their use in SCADA and control systems, maintenance management systems, email, word processing and report generation
  • safe work practices and safety procedures pertaining to water treatment plant and distribution system operations, including storing hazardous chemicals, confined space entry, employee right to know regulations and the safe use of hand and power tools
Ability to:
  • operate, maintain, and make repairs to pumps, motors, compressors, and other mechanical equipment
  • work safely
  • operate a desktop computer and applicable computer software programs as required to control the treatment plant and water distribution system
  • generate correspondence, emails, memos, reports, maintain maintenance records and perform other similar tasks as required
  • skillfully use a variety of tools and equipment related to water plant maintenance and operations
  • read and understand meters, gauges, and recording devices
  • regulate chlorine dosages in water systems
  • take water samples
  • maintain accurate records
  • understand and carry out oral and written directions
  • interact tactfully and courteously with the public
  • carry, push, pull, reach, and lift equipment and parts weighing up to 80 pounds
  • establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties
  • climb ladders to heights of over 30 feet
  • drive an automobile
  • use a keyboard
  • grasp with right and left hands
  • hear and distinguish various sounds, such as abnormal equipment sounds, voices of co-workers in noisy environments, pager, cell phone, etc.
  • obtain certification as required by the City
Other Requirements:
  • must be clean-shaven at all times as required to wear respiratory protection equipment
  • willingness to take “on call” duty 24 hours a day for seven day intervals and respond to after hours emergencies within 45 minutes under normal traffic conditions
  • willingness to work nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed during emergencies and while taking “on call” duty

 

Typical Qualifications

WATER OPERATOR I

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • One year of previous work experience working with pumps, motors, and other mechanical equipment


LICENSE
A valid Class C California Driver’s License including a safe driving record


WATER OPERATOR II
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Two years of progressively responsible experience in operating and maintaining motors, pumps, and other mechanical equipment

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
  • A valid Class C California Driver’s License including a safe driving record
  • Grade T2 Water Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the State Department of Health Services.
  • Grade D3 Water Distribution Operator Certificate issued by the State Department of Health Services.

 

Supplemental Information

 

The candidate selected will be appointed for a 12-month probationary period. Names of successful candidates who do not receive a job offer will be placed on an employment list which normally remains effective for one year. The Human Resources Department may abolish an Employment list at any time the needs of the City so require. This position is represented by the Operating Engineers Local 3 bargaining unit. 

Prior to appointment to the position of Water Operator I or II, a medical examination and Department of Justice Livescan fingerprinting will be required.

The City of Watsonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages workplace diversity. The City of Watsonville is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by including people with disabilities in all of its programs and activities.

NOTE: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CONTRACT, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, AND ANY PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THIS BULLETIN MAY BE MODIFIED OR REVISED WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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