WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR TRAINEE 7410
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class undergoes on-the-job training to become qualified as an operator of a water treatment plant. The incumbent assists in the operation and maintenance of the water treatment plant. Work is performed under the immediate supervision of a qualified Water Treatment Plant Operator. The duration of the probation period is anywhere from twenty-six weeks to a maximum of two years, during which the employee is required to complete the training and experience requirements of the New York State Sanitary Code for a certificate appropriate to that plant. Appointees who successfully complete their traineeship and who are eligible for advancement may be appointed to Water Treatment Plant Operator (Type C), (Type IIB), or (Type IB), depending upon the certificate obtained, without further examination. Does related work as required.
Learns and assists in the operation, adjustment, inspection and maintenance of pumps, valves and related mechanical equipment;
Learns and assists in the physical testing of water for color, odor and taste;
Learns and assists in the chemical testing of water for alkalinity and residual chlorine;
Learns and assists in regulating and adjusting chlorinators and other chemical feeders, washing filters and settling basins;
Learns and assists in the preparation and maintenance of activity records and reports;
Performs increasingly responsible duties, as assigned, in the operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Familiarity with elementary principles of chemistry and general science; good observation skills; mechanical aptitude; ability to learn principles and procedures relating to the operation and maintenance of pumps, valves and related mechanical equipment; ability to get along well with others, ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; industry and dependability; tact and courtesy; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.