Under general direction, performs the full range of work in the operation and maintenance of a continuously-operating Membrane Bio Reactor wastewater treatment plant and related facilities; provides direction, prioritizes operations and maintenance activities, provides training and oversight to plant staff and has full responsibility when the Plant Manager is absent; and performs other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
General and direct supervision is given by the Plant Manager. General and direct supervision is provided to the Plant Operator I/II/III classes, Plant Maintenance Specialist I/II classes, and other support staff.
This is a supervisory, skilled, advanced journey-level class that participates in all District and operational procedures for wastewater treatment processes and equipment. Responsibilities include performing work in all plant operational and plant maintenance areas. Troubleshoot and perform repair on a variety of processes, mechanical and electrical equipment as well as provide work instruction, guidance and oversight to plant staff.
Incumbents work with minimal direction and provide highly skilled assistance and leadership in a wide variety of applications. Incumbents are expected to provide a major support role in the achievement of all of the departmental goals and objectives.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (Illustrative Only)
Independently performs the full range of wastewater plant operational and maintenance duties, including monitoring and evaluating plant Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
Troubleshoots problems in wastewater treatment plants, including process, mechanical and electrical equipment; estimates materials and supplies required and performs skilled repair work.
Schedules, instructs, oversees and reviews the work of plant staff.
Inspects plant operational equipment and facilities on a continual basis; ensures readings and documentation of pumps, chemical feeders and other treatment and pumping equipment.
Reviews and analyzes operational information and test results and revises plant equipment settings as appropriate; notifies Plant Manager of unusual situations and corrects system problems as instructed.
Ensures proper collections of samples of wastewater, sludge and other samples from various phases of the wastewater treatment process; performs basic chemical and physical tests on these samples to ensure that the wastewater treatment plant is operating effectively and that regulatory requirements are being met; prepares other samples for delivery to certified laboratories for testing.
Operates and performs preventive maintenance on a variety of treatment plant equipment, such as MBR cassettes, pumps, filters, chemical valves, bar screens, aeration equipment and electric motors.
Operates valves, pumps and automated controls to maximize the efficiency of wastewater treatment.
Ensures accurate records of gauge, chart, graph and meter readings, chemical test results, lab test results, and work performed.
Ensures safety procedures are followed at all times, including those related to the safe handling of plant chemicals.
Prepares and administers the department’s budget, including materials and supplies, contract services, specifies capital improvement projects and vehicle and equipment expenses.
Plans, organizes, administers, reviews and evaluates the work of operations, technical, maintenance and office support staff directly and through subordinate levels of supervision.
Provides for the selection, training, professional development and work evaluation of department staff; authorizes discipline as required; and provides policy guidance and interpretation to staff.
Contributes to the overall quality of the department’s service by developing, reviewing and implementing policies and procedures to meet legal requirements and District needs.
Coordinates activities of staff and the department with those of other District departments and outside agencies.
Participates in and provides input for the District’s capital improvement program, including assisting the engineering department in determining facility construction and upgrade needs and providing project oversight and inspection as required.
Prepares and directs a variety of written correspondence, reports, procedures and other written materials.
Maintains and directs the maintenance of official departmental files.
Serves as a technical resource, providing assistance to wastewater operations, including collecting and analyzing appropriate data related to special studies of treatment processes. Identifies critical engineering issues and recommend solutions.
Performs and oversees sample collection for NPDES compliance and process control; review daily plant operations data; and provide direction to staff in analyzing and interpreting sample test results and in taking corrective action when needed.
Review and evaluate plant control data and reports; work with the Operations staff to make process control adjustments, evaluate the effectiveness of plant process changes, and make appropriate adjustments to assure compliance with discharge requirements and process optimization.
Review plant process problems and recommend corrective actions; investigate problems and formulate and implement strategies for process and equipment improvements.
Develops, schedules and manages sample collection and regulatory monitoring required for the plant process control and permit compliance.
Develops operations, maintenance, and laboratory standard operating guidelines.
Performs maintenance and completes work orders on all buildings, grounds, machinery and equipment including pumps, valves, motors, meters, tanks, and samplers.
Responds to alarm calls and any other conditions which require attention to maintain appropriate plant operations.
Performs a variety of routine wastewater process laboratory tests; record and monitor results.
Maintains accurate records and documentation of all plant activities; compile data and prepare reports on plant operations, maintenance, lab, and chemical use.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge of:Principles, practices, tools, equipment and supplies required for the operation, cleaning and preventive maintenance of activated sludge wastewater treatment.
The operation and preventive maintenance of piping systems, valves, pumps, motors and related appurtenances.
Tools and equipment required for the work.
Safety equipment and practices related to the work, including the handling and storage of hazardous chemicals.
Applicable laws, codes and regulations.
Computer applications related to the work, including Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
Mechanical, electrical and hydraulic principles.
Operational and maintenance practices of electrical motors, pumps and circuitry.
Chemical and physical tests of wastewater, sludge and related materials.
Supervisory principles and practices, including instructing staff in work procedures.
Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to public and District staff, in person and over the telephone.
Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation and supervision of staff, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision.
Principles and practices of budget development, administration, and accountability.
Applicable laws, codes and regulations.
Computer applications related to the work.
Safe work practices.
Laboratory analysis techniques and standards for wastewater sludge and related materials.
Operational and safety regulations pertaining to wastewater treatment plant operations and vehicle and equipment usage.
Sampling methods and techniques.
Operational and maintenance practices of electrical motors, pumps, and circuitry.
Operating, maintaining and repairing a variety of wastewater treatment facilities and equipment.
Recognizing and correcting or reporting unusual, inefficient or dangerous operating conditions.
Reading a variety of gauges, charts and meters; and recording data accurately and making appropriate process adjustments.
Conducting chemical and physical tests of influent, effluent, sludge and related materials.
Using and maintaining the tools and equipment of the work skillfully and safely.
Handling hazardous chemicals in a safe manner.
Interpreting and applying laws, regulations and procedures.
Making accurate mathematical calculations.
Reading maps, manuals and specifications.
Prioritizing own work and using independent judgment within procedural guidelines.
Maintaining accurate records of work performed.
Training others in work procedures.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
Administering programs and the work of staff directly and through subordinate levels of supervision.
Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures and other written materials.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
Equivalent to graduation from high school and four years of increasingly responsible experience in operating and performing maintenance to facilities and/or equipment in a wastewater treatment plant, including one year of lead/supervisory experience; OR an AA degree in a related field and three years of related experience, including one year of lead/supervisory experience; OR possession of a BA degree in a related field and two years of related experience, including one year of lead/supervisory experience.
Licenses and Certifications:
Must possess a valid California Class C driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record. Must possess California Grade IV or V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate.
Mobility to work in a standard wastewater treatment plant and laboratory setting, and use specialized test equipment, hand and power tools and instrumentation; stamina to work in confined spaces, around machines, and to climb and descend ladders; strength to lift and carry materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds; vision to read printed materials, charts and gauges and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.
Will be assigned “on call” duties, regular, standby, weekend, emergency and overtime assignments as required. May be exposed to inclement weather conditions, fumes, odors, dust and potentially toxic chemicals and conditions.