Utilities Operator I

Utilities Operator I

Planning & Community Development

Reports To:   
Public Works Manager, Scott Semanko

FLSA Status:

Time Status:   
Full-Time (40 hours a week)

TS Range:    
6/7 (19.01 hourly)

Opening Date: 
June 22, 2018

Closing Date:
July 9, 2018


While working closely with the Lead wastewater and/or water Plant Operator, this position will be responsible for learning to fully operate either the wastewater plant and/or water plant, and should be on an advancement track to assume full control within about five years. An individual development plan, including job training and technical training, will be developed which will enable the incumbent to achieve plant operator certifications necessary for the specialized SIT Utilities systems. While working on training and advancement, the Operator 1 shall perform routine Plant operations, Plant maintenance, and Utilities systems maintenance.


(Other duties may be assigned)

Perform assigned treatment plant rounds; inspect, monitor, troubleshoot, performance test and document plant processes by reading plant equipment gauges, dials, graphs, online analyzers, computer screens, meters, SCADA systems and other instrumentation.

Operate and adjust treatment plant pumps, motors, feeders and other equipment to maintain appropriate plant operations.

Maintain, compile and update plant operations logs and reports; perform and record mathematical calculations related to plant operational activities.

Mix and add treatment chemicals; install and replace chlorine cylinder tanks; ensure adequate chemical application according to regulations and guidelines.

Install, maintain, repair, modify, troubleshoot and service plant operations machinery and equipment including pumps, valves, motors, meters, tanks, reservoirs, feeders, and online analyzers; change lubrications.

Collect and document liquid and solid samples and perform a variety of routine water quality laboratory tests; work closely with the laboratory on testing processes; monitor laboratory results; collect water samples as required.

Perform general plant facility maintenance such as cleaning, painting and repairing plant facilities; perform various grounds maintenance duties as required.

Operate a variety of heavy equipment including backhoes, loaders, scrapers, rotovators, forklifts, dump trucks, truck-mounted sludge/compost mixers, and tractor trailer combinations; assist in unloading chemicals as necessary.

Coordinate construction, maintenance, material selection and repair activities with maintenance, laboratory, contractors, vendors and other staff.

As assigned, participate in a variety of special projects such as construction of piping, electrical, and structural systems related to assigned work area.

Must be able to work an alternative schedule with occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Participate in the development of goals and procedures for water or wastewater treatment activities; gather and analyze data; develop a variety of reports.

Work with a variety of vendors, outside contractors and the general public on water or wastewater activities; answer questions and resolve conflicts.

Perform related duties as required.


The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of water or wastewater treatment plant operations.

Operating principles of plant equipment such as valves, pumps and motors.

Methods and techniques of maintaining, repairing and troubleshooting water or wastewater plant equipment and processes.

Standard principles of the natural sciences including chemistry and biology.

Basic mathematical principles.

Operational and safety regulations pertaining to water or wastewater treatment plant operations and vehicle and equipment usage.

Water or wastewater treatment chemicals used within the plant and their safe use and application.

Sampling methods and techniques.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices and procedures.

Pertinent SIT, Federal, and any other applicable State and local laws and regulations pertaining to water or wastewater treatment.


Ability to:
Operate and monitor water or wastewater treatment plant equipment under supervision.

Read, interpret and calibrate gauges and other recording devices related to water or wastewater treatment plant operations.

Take liquid and solid samples and perform routine laboratory tests.

Diagnose operating problems and take effective courses of action.

Make independent technical decisions to maintain proper treatment process.

Maintain pertinent records and compile data into written reports.

Perform routine to difficult maintenance, repairs and installations to plant equipment such as pumps, valves, and electronic monitoring devices.

Read, interpret and understand technical manuals, drawings, blueprints, schematics, and diagrams.

Perform heavy manual labor.
Schedule maintenance and repair of water or wastewater treatment plants.

Use and operate self-contained breathing apparatus equipment.

Logically solve problems.

Participate in and complete safety training courses including CPR and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) training.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications.

Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines – Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in water or wastewater treatment plant operations.

Experience commensurate with each grade level of certification, which includes some course work in the area of assignment.

License and Certificate:
Water:  Possession of a Water Treatment Plant Operator-in-Training certificate

Wastewater:  Possession of a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator-in-Training certificate.

All Positions:  Possession of a valid Washington driver license.

The conditions herein 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 job functions.

Environment: Treatment plant environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, solvents, electrical energy, toxic materials, hazardous chemicals and all types of weather and temperature conditions; work in or with water and/or wastewater in confined spaces; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces.

Physical: Sufficient physical ability to perform moderate to heavy lifting; standing and walking for prolonged periods of time; climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and operating motorized equipment.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents and to operate equipment.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret: general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, land surveys, building drawings, and flow diagrams, and governmental regulations. Must have the ability to write reports, write business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Able to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Ability to calculate figures and amounts, such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Able to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. Ability to work with mathematical concepts, such as probability and statistical inference and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening in accordance with the SIT Drug Free Workplace policy.

Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position, in accordance with the SIT Personnel Policies.