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Plant Operator Water Treatment

Date Posted
Employer Name
City of Lafayette
Sector Name
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level


Participates in the operation, maintenance and monitoring of a water or wastewater system.

Salary and Benefits: 16.66 to 25.28 depending on License

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following duties are illustrative only and are not intended to be all inclusive:

Operate, regulate and maintain a water or wastewater system, including supply, storage, treatment, collection, distribution, metering, monitoring laboratory work, equipment operation, equipment maintenance, heavy equipment operation and system maintenance and repair as applicable.

Collect water or wastewater samples from various points in the system; perform laboratory tests; inspect and maintain equipment; lubricate operating equipment and make necessary adjustments.

Read and record gauge and flow meter charts, change charts.

Prepare sludge beds, draw sludge, clean clarifier weirs and troughs; perform back washing of filters as necessary; perform pipe fitting such as threading, flanged, welded, sweated and mechanical connecting.

Perform sampling and inspections in support of the City’s industrial pretreatment program, including manhole sampling in the collection system and grease interceptor inspections.

Perform sampling and inspections in support of the City’s MS4 stormwater program, including stream sampling at various locations in the watershed.

Operate a variety of equipment, various hand tools, and laboratory equipment.

Perform inspections of various elements of system as required; B License and C License may assist in the training of new employees and Level A is responsible for full training.

May be responsible for maintaining plant records and compiling reports to regulatory agencies, as necessary.

Perform related work as required and assigned.

May assist in the performance of custodial and grounds maintenance duties such as sweeping, mopping, painting, carpentry, composting duties and plumbing; may lead plant tours for visitors.


KNOWLEDGE: Standard principles of biology, chemistry and mathematics; overall operation of a water or wastewater system; regulations concerning treatment plant operation; safety precautions relating to work around machinery and laboratory chemicals; laboratory procedures and tests performed in monitoring treatment plants and distribution and collection systems and maintenance procedures of treatment plant equipment and peripheral elements of system; construction methods used in installing pipes, valves, pumps and meters. The degree of knowledge expected increases as the Position Levels increase from D to A.

SKILL: Demonstrated skill in the operation of equipment necessary to perform the functions of the job.

ABILITY: Perform heavy manual repair work of the system with the use of heavy equipment; maintain a constant vigil over assigned instruments and equipment; make mathematical computations; work outdoors in all weather conditions; follow verbal and written instructions; work around disagreeable odors; coordinate, train and direct others as position level prescribes; keep accurate and legible records; exercise some independent judgment in correcting problems; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other employees and the general public. Ability to work independently and individually is required in the Level of A and B only.


TRAINING: High School Diploma or equivalent

EXPERIENCE: Level D: No specific requirement

Level C: Two (2) years of water or wastewater operation experience.

Level B: Three (3) years of water or wastewater operation experience.

Level A: Four (4) years of water or wastewater operation experience.

Or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides evidence that the applicant possesses the required knowledge, skills and abilities.


All levels must have: State of Colorado Drivers License with a safe driving record.

Plus, State of Colorado:

Level D: Water Treatment or Wastewater Treatment Operator's Certification Class D.

Level C: Water Treatment or Wastewater Treatment Operator’s Certification Class C.

Level B: Water Treatment or Wastewater Treatment Operator’s Certification Class B.

Level A: Water Treatment or Wastewater Treatment Operator’s Certification Class A.

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