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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3222 - Wastewater Facilities Operator

Job Description

UNION: Local 399

Under general supervision; performs work of routine difficulty in the operation of wastewater treatment equipment during an assigned shift; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class performs semiskilled work requiring the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plant equipment, work is performed under the immediate supervision of a higher level operator.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Ensures safe and efficient operation of plant equipment and machinery through proper operation, routine checks, and ongoing maintenance
• Draws samples of water for laboratory tests and analyses
• Notes changes in effluent and takes corrective action
• Starts and stops filter machinery and pumps
• Cleans filter machinery and removes sludge accumulations
• Adds chemicals according to prescribed standards
• Reads gauges and transmits data to superior
• Performs routine chemical analyses of water
• General plant upkeep such as painting and grass cutting
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Wastewater treatment operating practices
• Wastewater testing procedures
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Operating wastewater equipment
• Performing routine repairs to machinery
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Prioritize and assigning work
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent, and the completion of one high school level course in chemistry, and one year of experience in a water treatment plant, pumping station, or sewage treatment plant; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Medium work: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit for extended periods of time, use hands and/or arms to operate tools and equipment and vehicles, climb, crouch or stoop, and lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work will occur in a field environment. The work environment for this position regularly includes working in varies outside weather conditions, near moving mechanical parts, with hazardous chemicals, and with fumes or airborne particles.

Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois driver’s license. This position requires an Illinois Class IV, or higher, Wastewater Operators Certificate.