City of Binghamton, New York

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Grade 3

July 17, 2015 - 3:24pm -- jmrobb
Date Posted: 
3/11/2016
Location: 
Bing-JC Joint Sewage Plant
Salary: 
$27.01 to $28.59 per hour
Distinguishing Features Of The Class: 

This routine, but important work, involves shared responsibility during an assigned shift for the actual operation of a wastewater treatment plant. The work is carried out in accordance with procedures established to promote the efficient operation and maintenance of a Wastewater Treatment Plant with a point score of 76 or greater. The class differs from that of Wastewater Plant Operator Grade 2 by virtue of the responsibility of the incumbent for the assistance in shift operations, and by its increased supervisory duties. Work is performed under the general supervision of a higher-level Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. Supervision is exercised over subordinate employees. Does related work as require.

Minimum Qualifications: 
1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation approved curriculum; and
2. Completion of an appropriate course of instruction approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; and Not less than eighteen months of satisfactory experience in the actual operation of a wastewater treatment plant with a point score of 56 or greater, and facilities of the appropriate type; and
3. The ability to conduct the routine laboratory and field tests required for the control of the operation of a wastewater treatment plant with such facilities.
Grade 3 can use one of the following options to meet the minimum education requirements:
The operating experience discussed under these options is required in addition to the approved operating experience.
QUALIFYING OPTIONS FOR GRADE 3 OPERATIONS: (Must also have required duration of approved operating experience- 18 months).
a) AAS degree from a duly accredited university or school in a NYSDEC approved curriculum, or
b) AAS degree from a duly accredited university or school, plus eighteen months operating experience at a wastewater treatment plant, or
c) AA degree with thirty credit hours of math and/or science from a duly accredited university or school, plus eighteen months operating experience at a wastewater treatment plant, or
d) High school or equivalency diploma and three years of operating experience at a wastewater treatment plant.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
(1) Wastewater treatment plant with a point score of 56 or greater. The candidate must possess a Grade 3 certification issued under the provisions of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
(2) Possession of a New York State Driver’s License is required at time of appointment.
DEFINITIONS:
Operating Experience:
Is defined as work experience at a wastewater plant with a SPDES permit. A minimum of fifty (50) percent of the work experience must include hands-on operation of all unit processes at the WWTP.
Approved Operating Experience:
Is defined as work experience at a wastewater treatment plant with a SPDES permit having the same or higher point score for which certification is being sought. A minimum of fifty (50) percent of the experience must include hands-on operation of all unit processes at the WWTP.
Typical Work Activities: 
Is responsible for the operation, adjustment, maintenance and replacement of pumps, motors, air compressors, valves, screens, centrifuges and other related equipment; Operates computer controlled equipment; Is responsible for recording readings from meters and gauges; Is responsible for making necessary tests for the control of plant operations Assists in the inspection, monitoring, maintenance and repair of pumps, valves, screens, and related mechanical equipment; Cleans channels, screens, tanks, and other equipment; Assists in the preparation and maintenance of activity records and reports;
Performs increasingly responsible duties as assigned in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant; Demonstrates proper safety protocol while performing duties at a wastewater treatment plant; Performs a variety custodial duties and building repairs and maintenance duties in and around plant; Records readings from meters and gauges; Treats and disposes of wastewater; Adds chlorine to wastewater; Takes samples for testing; Makes necessary tests for control of plant operation and makes adjustments to processes based on these results; Assists in the instruction of trainees;
Supervises the work of subordinate employees; Keeps logs of plant operations and related records;
Performs some custodial duties related to the maintenance of buildings and grounds.
Makes minor repairs to machinery and equipment.