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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3224 - Principal Wastewater Facilities Operator

Job Description

GRADE: 213

Under direction; performs work of considerable difficulty supervising the operator in charge of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plant; performs related work as required.

The employees in this class spend a substantial amount of time supervising subordinates at one or more plant locations in the operations and maintenance of facilities. The work is performed under the direction of the Chief Wastewater Facilities 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.

• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Ensures the proper and efficient operation and maintenance of plants for which assigned
• Supervises the work of subordinate personnel engaged in plant operations and maintenance
• Operates, oils and adjusts machinery
• Trains personnel in the areas of laboratory analysis, operations and maintenance procedures
• Prepares all administrative reports and recordkeeping
• Follows directives given for emergency repair work
• Records tests on daily worksheets
• Ensures cleanliness and maintenance of buildings and equipment in accordance with environmental protection regulations
• Designs training programs for personnel
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignment or schedule in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment, may require emergency management training, licensure 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:
• Operation of wastewater treatment plant equipment and capabilities
• Environmental protection standards and regulations pertaining to wastewater treatment
• Laboratory analysis and testing procedures
• Administrative procedures relative to plant operations
• Current office practices, procedures, and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Management and leadership principles

Skill in:
• Wastewater plant equipment operation, maintenance and repair procedures
• Planning, scheduling, assigning, and supervising staff in plant operations
• Performing laboratory analysis and tests of samples
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office
• Using computer hardware and software including work processing, spreadsheets, databases,
email, etc.

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent; and four years experience in a water treatment plant, pumping station, or sewage treatment plant, including one year in a supervisory capacity; 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 an office and 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.