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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3232 - Water Facilities Operator

Job Description

UNION: Local 399

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in the operations and maintenance of a water treatment plant; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class performs skilled mechanical work in the operation and maintenance of water treatment plant equipment and related facilities. Work may involve acting as a lead worker on a project team or supervising the work of summer employees. General supervision is received from a Principal 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 that the County's water treatment systems are adequately maintained and operating according to applicable environmental protection standards and regulations
• Analyzes lab data and chemical analyses of water for proper levels of chlorine, etc.
• Operates and maintains water softening systems to provide quality for customers
• Monitors meters and gauges
• Records readings and daily flows to plants
• Prepares applicable administrative reports
• Performs major and routine maintenance and repairs to equipment
• Performs preventative maintenance
• Completes requisitions for supplies
• Cleans and maintains buildings and equipment
• Trains new employees and coordinates the work of summer employees
• Serves as a lead worker on a project team
• 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 water treatment plant equipment
• Water treating procedures
• Environment protection regulations pertaining to water treatment
• 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:
• The operation and repair of water treatment plant equipment
• Performing laboratory analyses and tests of water samples
• Coordinating the work of others
• 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; two years of related experience working at a water treatment plant, pumping station or water distribution system; 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. This position requires possession of an Illinois Class C Water Operator's Certificate.