SENIOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR (3A) 7475
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Under general supervision, an employee in this class performs supervisory work involving the responsibility for the efficient operation and maintenance of one or more wastewater treatment plants or works as an operator at a wastewater treatment plant with a point score of 76 points or greater which uses the activated sludge process or similar suspended growth nitrogen removal. The work of a Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator (3A) differs from that of a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator (3A) in the higher degree of independence and initiative. Supervision may be exercised over Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators (3A) or plant support personnel in the performance of their assigned duties. Work is performed under general supervision and is reviewed through conferences and written reports. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Supervises and/or participates in the starting and stopping of pumps, motors, air compressors and related machines and equipment; inspects and tests equipment for efficient and proper functioning; makes minor repairs to the machinery and equipment;
Records readings from meters and gauges;
Supervises and/or participates in the treatment and disposal of sludge; directs changes in equipment usage or chemical compositions; directs sampling of wastewater for testing; makes necessary tests for control of plant operations;
Instructs, trains and supervises support personnel in plant operations; enforces policy and safety rules;
Maintains a log of plant operations and related records;
Supervises and participates in duties connected with the maintenance of buildings and grounds;
Provides quick response and direction in emergency situations until supervisor arrives;
Participates in preparation of section budget.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the practices and equipment used in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant with a point score of 56 or greater which utilizes the activated sludge process; thorough knowledge of the principles and applications of physics, chemistry and bacteriology as applied to wastewater treatment and disposal; skill in the operation and repair of pumps, valves, and related mechanical and electrical equipment; ability to read, understand and record data from gauges, scales, and meters; ability to make routine laboratory and field tests for control of plant operations; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Possession of a Type 3A or 4A Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator's certificate issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and (3) years of operating experience in a wastewater treatment plant which utilizes the activated sludge process.
Eighteen (18) months of permanent competitive status as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator (3A) or Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator (4A).
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
Candidates must maintain a Grade 3A or 4A Certificate issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, while employed in this title.
Depending upon the assignment, at the time of appointment and during employment in this title, employees must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.