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Chief Plant Operator

Department:Operations
Updated:12/1/11
Effective:1/1/12
Approved STPUD:NH
Approved LOCAL 39:CS

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Manager of Plant Operations, assists in directing the operation of the treatment plant, participates in operation activities; is responsible for the operation of the treatment plant.

Job Physical Requirements Analysis

Job Specific Body Movements Occasionally
1/3 of time or less
Frequently
1/3 – 2/3 of time
Continuously
More than 2/3 of time
Sitting 60% of day 
Standing25% of day  
Walking 35% of day 
Driving5% of day  
Hearing  100% of day
Speaking 50% of day 
Lifting 1-20 lbsX  
Lifting 20-50 lbsX  
Lifting 50+ lbsX  
Working/reaching above shoulderX  
Working w/arms extended @ shoulder level X 
Working with body bent over at waistX  
Working in kneeling positionX  
CrawlingX  
Climbing stairsX  
Climbing ladderX  
Major Hand X 
PullingX  
PushingX  
Fine Manipulation X 
Typing/Keyboard X 
Writing X 
Simple GraspingX  
Filing X 
Power GripX  
ToolsX  
EquipmentX  
Hand Twisting X 
FoldingX  

Height from Floor of Objects to Be Reached or Worked On:

Object Height
Books5 feet
Storage Cabinet7 feet

Equipment Used

  • All related wastewater treatment plant equipment, including pressure filters, blowers, air compressors, chlorinators, pumps, gauges, clarifiers, valves, hoses, computers, plc’s, vfd’s, lab reagents and equipment, chemicals, polymers, microscope, scales, gasoline and diesel engines, centrifuge, generators, etc.
  • Vehicles including Hydro truck, utility ATV, cars, forklift, Camel trucks, snowblower, hoists.
  • All solids handling process equipment including sludge pumps, centrifuges, dewatering polymers, chemicals for odor control, drying furnaces, etc.
  • Hand and power tools.
  • Monitoring equipment including ph, chlorine residual, odor, flow, turbidity, and D.O. meters, and chemical leak detectors.\
  • Computers, both word processing and data base, computerized telemetry system, SCADA, motor control centers, telephone, pager, two-way radio, facsimile, and copy machines.
  • Safety equipment including respirators, self-contained breathing apparatus, and hazmat suit.

Working Conditions

Works in extreme weather conditions (snow, rain, cold, hot), odors, H2S, chemicals, (sodium hypochlorite, NaOH, polymers, activated carbon), sludge handling, exposure to raw wastewater, must respond to chemical leaks, excessive noise conditions.