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Plant Operator, Lead

DeKalb County Government

Posted: Aug. 3, 2018

End Date: Nov. 3, 2018


Purpose of Classification:

The purpose of this classification is to serve as the assistant shift supervisor for water and wastewater facilities in compliance with federal, state, and local requirements for the operation of water treatment, distribution, storage facilities and/or wastewater collection, lift stations or treatment facilities.  

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.

Leads and coordinates daily work activities of assigned crew or co-workers; confers with supervisor to obtain direction regarding work assignments and priorities; organizes tasks to complete assigned work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; confers with co-workers, assists with complex/problem situations, and provides technical expertise; assists with training and instructing co-workers regarding operational procedures and proper use of equipment; and assists with supervision of co-workers by reporting employee problems and providing input on disciplinary action and employee performance evaluations.

Performs all aspects of sampling, monitoring, and testing required to maintain compliance with federal, state and local regulations that govern water treatment and wastewater operations; performs laboratory analysis; and physically checks equipment to ensure correct operation feed, dosages, and calibrations necessary to properly operate facilities and systems.

Assists in the performance of regular and unscheduled repairs and maintenance on plant equipment and machinery; conducts weekly checks of the treatment plant; rotates equipment; changes and connects chlorine and other specialized water treatment plant equipment; monitors chemical feed equipment, operates solids processing equipment; and operates load lugging trucks.

Collects potable water and wastewater samples and performs laboratory analysis such as, pH, turbidity, chlorine levels, fluoride levels, dissolved oxygen levels, total suspended solids, and total volatile solids, and temperature on grab samples; and calibrates lab equipment and instruments.

Monitors the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems for any changes that may impact the plant processes such as pressure changes, chemical pumps faulting out, distribution storage tank levels, chemical tank levels, turbidity levels, and filter function.

Prepares reports and records testing results; completes forms and various paperwork; enters data into the computer; and receives telephone calls and responds to customer complaints.

Maintains a safe and clean work environment (both inside the facilities and on the grounds) per OSHA and DeKalb County standards.

Assists in the training of entry level operators and lower classifications of operators (II and III) as needed; and participates in continuing education classes and testing to maintain and renew Georgia and DeKalb County certification and licensure requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or GED required; four years experience as a plant operator which included two years of experience as a Class II or higher plant operator in a water or wastewater treatment facility; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required:  Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license; must possess and maintain a valid State of Georgia Class I Water or Wastewater Operator License.