The City of Tacoma is accepting applications for a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators perform skilled work in the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment, sludge processing and laboratory process control equipment in a wastewater treatment facility; maintain operating conditions by interpreting meters, gauges, biological and chemical analysis and observation of the treatment process; maintain equipment and facilities in a safe, effective and orderly condition.
This is an excellent opportunity to join the City of Tacoma in a classification that allows for promotional opportunities. You would have the ability to grow with an exciting organization that is currently working on a major upgrade to the Strategic Plan. At the Environmental Services Department, we believe everything we do supports healthy neighborhoods and a thriving Puget Sound, leaving a better Tacoma for all.
If the below list of personal traits sounds like you, then you are just the type of person we are looking for to join our team as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator!
Outstanding oral and written technical writing and documentation communication skills,
Enjoy working as part of a team
Exceptional critical-thinking abilities
Ability to read, understand and explain laws, codes and regulations
An flexible personality who is resilient and easily adapts to a changing work environment
Examples of Job Duties:
Operate and maintain various equipment used in a wastewater treatment plant.
Start and regulate the operation of electric motors and pumps used to control the flow of wastewater or sludge.
Operate and control computer systems, mechanical rakes, grit systems, sludge withdrawal and dewatering equipment, commintors, boiler/heater exchangers, circulating and transfer pumps and related equipment.
Operate and provide process control using a sophisticated plant control computer systems and field equipment including barscreens, influent pumping, grit systems, primary sedimentation and raw sludge pumping; aerobic and anaerobic digestion systems including sludge withdrawal/recirculation and pumping systems; dewatering equipment, , boilers/heater exchangers, circulating and transfer pumps; high purity oxygen activated sludge secondary treatment, clarifiers, dissolved air flotation thickening system; odor control and related equipment.
Make necessary adjustments from an interpretation of readings of meters, gauges and other control and measuring devices.
Inspect bubbler systems, density meters, flow meters, chlorine applicators, gas mixers, air blowers, compressor and gas analyzers for proper operation.
Perform operational laboratory analysis to monitor and assure the efficiency of plant operations.
Perform minor plant repairs as needed. Perform manual operation of various gates and valves.
Perform various duties to assure the equipment, plant and grounds are in a safe, effective and orderly condition.
Prepare and maintain daily logs, records, and lab reports.
May operate heavy equipment such as dump trucks, sweepers and forklifts as needed.
Operate the plant process computer system and log lab data onto the computer network.
Contact other City agencies and vendors in the routine operation of the plant.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Work includes indoor and outdoor environment; subject to adverse weather conditions, noise, fumes and odors; subject to working during non-regular working hours and emergency call-outs as needed.
Position requires lifting, bending, standing and climbing.
An employee in this position may be exposed to potentially hazardous materials.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant is a 24 hour, 7 days per week operation; employees are required to work shifts and the shifts may occasionally change due to operational needs.
City of Tacoma Recruitment Information:
One of the primary goals of the City of Tacoma Equity and Empowerment Initiative is that the City of Tacoma workforce reflects the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.