Waste Water Plant Trainee

  • 009144

SUMMARY: Under direct supervision, assists the wastewater plant operations staff in performing a variety of duties to provide for the proper treatment of wastewater in accordance with federal, state, and local standards; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Adjust chemical feeds as necessary based on the results of sample analysis.
  2. Collect water, wastewater, and sludge samples from various plant locations, perform designated laboratory procedures, and calibrate laboratory equipment as required.
  3. Monitor, adjust and clean filter system to ensure proper functioning.
  4. Monitor and adjust wastewater treatment equipment (e.g., pumps, mixers, blowers, etc.) to ensure proper functioning.
  5. Monitor and adjust sludge dewatering process equipment, including belt filter presses, gravity belt thickeners, conveyor belt systems, and associated equipment.
  6. Perform routine maintenance and cleaning of plant equipment.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of wastewater treatment.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Skill in operating wastewater systems machinery in a safe and capable manner.
  • Skill in the proper use of hazardous chemicals.
  • Skill in safely using, maintaining and repairing specialized equipment to complete assigned projects.
  • Skill in following oral and written instructions.
  • Skill in following safety practices and recognizing hazards.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves long hours with exposure to loud noises, chemicals, toxic fumes, air and waterborne pathogens, and mechanical equipment during the inspection of facilities and equipment. There is a frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, sit, climb in high areas and on catwalks, lift (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma or GED, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required. Must be able to obtain State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection Class C Wastewater Treatment Certification within 2 years from date of employment.

Last revision date: September 2003
Overtime: Yes
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