Plant Operator

Business/Employer: Worcester County Government
Position: Plant Operator
Category: Government
Type: Full Time
Duration: Year Round
Pay: Hourly | $17.67 - $19.93
Hourly- see job description

Apply in person at Worcester County Government Center, 1 W Market Street, Room 1301, Snow Hill, MD or on-line at: https://worcesterhr.co.worcester.md.us/<br />
DEPARTMENT: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS – WATER & WASTE WATER
JOB TITLE: PLANT OPERATOR
COMPENSATION: PLANT OPERATOR TRAINEE - GRADE 11/STEP 4 $36,754 ANNUALLY/$17.67 HOURLY
PLANT OPERATOR I –GRADE 12/STEP 4 $38,522 ANNUALLY/$18.52 HOURLY
PLANT OPERATOR II – GRADE 14/STEP 1 $39,416 ANNUALLY/$18.95 HOURLY *STEP BOQ
PLANT OPERATOR III – GRADE 15/STEP 1 $41,454 ANNUALLY/$19.93 HOURLY *STEP BOQ
*BOQ – BASED ON QUALIFICATIONS

WORK SCHEDULE: PLANT OPERATOR TRAINEE: MONDAY TO FRIDAY 7:30AM TO 4:00PM; ON CALL EVERY 4 WEEKS FOR 1 WEEKAT A TIME (ADDITIONAL ON-CALL PAY)
PLANT OPERATOR I TO III: MONDAY TO FRIDAY 7:30AM TO 4:00PM; ON CALL EVERY 4 WEEKS FOR 1 WEEKAT A TIME (ADDITIONAL ON-CALL PAY) OR 9:00PM TO 7:00AM, 4 TEN-HOUR DAYS, WORK EVERY THIRD WEEKEND; NOT ON-CALL

APPLICATION PERIOD: UNTIL FILLED

JOB SUMMARY: Under supervision, performs or assists in the mechanical maintenance, operation, and inspection of one or more of the County’s water treatment works, wastewater treatment plants, and/or wastewater collection and pumping systems, and performs related duties as assigned.

MARYLAND STATE RETIREMENT: This position will automatically participate in the Maryland State Retirement System. Membership is mandatory for employees that work over 500 budgeted hours in the fiscal year. As a member, 7% of your budgeted annual salary will be calculated, divided by 26 and deducted from your biweekly paycheck and sent to your account at Maryland State Retirement System.

General Requirements:
• Drug and Alcohol Testing
• Essential personnel subject to emergency call-back with little or no notice
• Pre-employment background check and motor vehicle history
• High School Diploma or GED

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Operates and assists in the operation, inspection, maintenance and makes minor repairs to water and wastewater treatment plants, water collection and pumping systems, and associated pipelines and equipment; completes reports and prepares work orders for required maintenance;
• Makes regular and periodic inspections of pumping stations and treatment plants;
• Changes, checks recording charts and monitors the telemetry alarm system to ensure that equipment is operating properly;
• Cleans, services, lubricates, and repairs pumps, motors, valves, and other mechanical equipment;
• Collects water and wastewater samples, performs standard tests with samples such as pH, chlorine residual, dissolved oxygen, iron concentrations, manganese concentrations, jar tests and/or sedabilities;
• Monitors and adjusts chemical feed equipment;
• Inspects wells, tanks, pumps, and other related equipment;
• Monitors metering devices, changes recording charts, and keeps detailed records of water consumption, pumpage, and/or chemical usage;
• Maintains the physical plant and grounds surrounding pumping/treatment facilities;
• Clears blockages in sewer laterals and maintains air vacuum valves;
• Leads and instructs subordinates in duties related to plant operation;
• Drives automobile, truck, or other non-commercial weight (under 26,000 pounds) vehicle as required to perform assigned tasks;
• Participates in on-the-job and safety related training.
• Knowledge of proper safety procedures and PPE utilization at all times to perform job related duties.
• Ensures confidentiality of information and records and complies with record retention schedule
• Complies with the safety programs, procedures, training, fire drills, COOP plans, etc.
• Adheres to the Worcester County Government Personnel Rules & Regulations;
• Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications and Skills:
• Plant Operator Trainee – Three (3) years of experience in the repair/maintenance of a water or sewer system, buildings, machinery, equipment, vehicles, plumbing, or utility construction. Temporary state certification as a Waterworks, Wastewater Works, and/or Wastewater Collection System Operator is required within ninety (90) days of appointment.

• Plant Operator I - One (1) year of experience and working knowledge of water and/or wastewater treatment processes in the same type of facility to be operated; and one of the Maryland State certification as a Waterworks, Wastewater Works, and/or Wastewater Collection System Operator is required at time of appointment for the facility/facilities to be operated by this position.

• Plant Operator II - Maryland State certification as a Waterworks, Wastewater Works, and/or Wastewater Collection
System Operator is required at time of appointment for 1 of the following 8 combinations: W5A, C2 & W1, W5 & C2, W1 & T4, C2 & T2, W5 & T3, C2 & T4, W5 & T4.

• Plant Operator III - Maryland State certification as a Waterworks, Wastewater Works, and/or Wastewater Collection System Operator is required at time of appointment for 1 of the following 7 combinations: W5A & T3, W5a & T2, T3 & C2 & W1, W5A & T4, W5A & C2, T4 & C2 & W1, and T2 & C2 & W1.

For All Plant Operators:
• Knowledge of water and/or wastewater treatment processes for facilities to be operated and maintained by this position;
• Knowledge of mathematics with courses/training in basic science, chemistry, and/or biology;
• Experience in unskilled and semi-skilled labor tasks using hand and power tools to perform carpentry, painting, electric welding, metal cutting with acetylene torches, and/or the maintenance/repair of small equipment;
• Knowledge of safety procedures;
• Basic knowledge of water and/or wastewater treatment processes.
• Skill in the operation and minor, routine, repairs of hand and power tools, machines, equipment and vehicles;
• Ability to follow verbal and written instructions, read street signs, keep records and logs, complete written forms, and to communicate effectively with the public.
• Ability to apply acquired knowledge to increasing varied and complex tasks, perform duties independently and as part of a team, train on equipment and machinery of higher complexity and complete assigned tasks by established deadlines.
• Ability to perform heavy physical labor including bending, stooping, lifting and carrying heavy objects up to 50 lbs., and the operation of vehicles, tools, and equipment to accomplish assigned tasks.
• Valid driver’s license and driving record of less than 4 points (MD).

Known Hazards:
Some work requires exposure to potentially hazardous conditions, such as working in traffic along roadways, working in trenches, handling chemicals, and adverse weather.

Apply in person at Worcester County Government Center, 1 W Market Street, Room 1301, Snow Hill, MD or on-line at: https://worcesterhr.co.worcester.md.us/