Plant Operator Trainee - Water Production

Jonesboro, GA

POSITION:                            Plant Operator Trainee - Water Production

DEPARTMENT:                    Water Production

PAYGRADE:                          105 NE

PAY:                                         Min: $23.231  Mid: $29.619  Max: $36.009

DEADLINE:                           Friday, July 12, 2024


Purpose of Classification: 

The purpose of this classification is to produce high quality, potable water by monitoring the water treatment process at an assigned water treatment plant in compliance with state and federal environmental protection standards and keeping water storage tanks at correct operating levels. This is an entry level position for the series. Incumbents in this classification are under close supervision and learn how to monitor and analyze operating and processing conditions, and to take action to modify process control or equipment operation to maintain compliance with applicable local, state and federal environmental rules and regulations. 

Essential Functions:  

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned. 

Attends on-the-job and other training sessions to gain skills and knowledge regarding plant operations, job performance, and policies, procedures, rules and regulations: reads training materials; completes tests and skills assessments; and obtains and maintains required certifications. 

Gains skills and knowledge regarding monitoring and adjusting the distribution system to meet demands: assists with making pump changes, pressure changes, and adjusting plant rates. 

Gains skills and knowledge regarding ensuring plant grounds and equipment are maintained and in proper working order: assists with inspecting plant grounds and equipment; assists with checking gauges, readings, flow levels, pumps, motors, and valves, etc. 

Gains skills and knowledge regarding chemical testing and analysis: assists with taking samples and testing chemical residuals throughout treatment processes; assists with performing laboratory analyses; and assists with adjusting chemical feeders based on laboratory results.  

Gains skills and knowledge regarding water filter maintenance: assists with inspecting and cleaning filters as needed.    

Gains skills and knowledge regarding sludge removal: assists with draining sludge from basin; assists with operating centrifuge system for sludge removal; and assists with hauling sludge to County landfill. 

Gains skills and knowledge regarding water quality monitoring: assists with monitoring the flow throughout the plant to ensure water quality. 

Assists with performing minor repairs of plant equipment, such as repairing belts, greasing equipment, changing water filters, etc.: makes changes to equipment and repairs breakdowns as they occur; ensures that all flocculators are greased and workable; and performs equipment calibrations. 

Maintains logs of work activities, such as laboratory analysis results, distribution system changes, filter backwash readings, process control changes, chemical inventory, and any other pertinent information: maintains state report logs; and documents all problems or complaints. 

Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations, within designated timeframes and per established procedures. 

Operates a personal computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data, utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet, e-mail, or other software; and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions. 

Operates or uses various equipment, power tools, hand tools, and supplies in order to complete work assignments: operates and maintains supervisory data and control acquisition (SCADA) system, chemical feeders, pumps, filters, spectrophoto meters, pH machines, turbidity machines, chlorine disinfectant systems, flocculators, and other tools and equipment.  

Communicates with supervisor, other CCWA employees, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems. 

Additional Functions: 

Performs other related duties as required. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

High school diploma or GED required; supplemented by one year of work experience that shows an ability to maintain steady employment in any field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. This is considered a Safety Sensitive position. 

Specific License or Certification Required: Must obtain and maintain a valid Georgia Driver’s License (CDL preferred) and Georgia Class III Water Treatment System Operator License within twelve months of hire. 

Specific Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities: Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend, and apply all CCWA or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position. 

Performance Aptitudes: 

Data Utilization: Requires the ability to determine, calculate, tabulate, or summarize data/information, following a prescribed plan requiring the exercise of some judgment. Includes performing subsequent actions in relation to these computational operations.  

Human Interaction: Requires the ability to exchange information for the purpose of clarifying details within well-established policies, procedures and standards. 

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate and control the actions of equipment and machinery, requiring the monitoring, adjustment, regulation, and/or setting of multiple conditions. 

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, and/or advisory data and information. 

Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  May include counting, recording of counts, and basic measuring. 

Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems; to interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form; and to exercise independent judgment to adopt or modify methods and standards to meet variations in assigned objectives. 

Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria. 

ADA Compliance:  

Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert moderate, though not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and prolonged standing, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds). 

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, taste, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally. 

Environmental Factors: Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, odors, wetness, humidity, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, hazardous materials, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, bright/dim lights, toxic agents, disease, or pathogenic substances. 

The Clayton County Water Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Authority will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. 



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