Utilities Plant Operator Trainee/I/II

City of Modesto
Modesto

The City of Modesto is currently looking for Utilities Plant Operators to join our team. This recruitment is being conducted to fill vacancies within our Wastewater Division.

Utilities Plant Operators perform skilled and semi-skilled technical duties in the operation and maintenance of the city's water or wastewater production/treatment plants.  

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
 
Utilities Plant Operator Trainee – This is the trainee level in the Utilities Plant Operator series. Positions in this class have no directly related work experience. The Utilities Plant Operator Trainee is distinguished from the I level by the lack of job related knowledge or experience. Incumbents work under immediate supervision while learning the basic knowledge required of the job, progressing to the I level once they have acquired such knowledge and upon the demonstrated ability to perform tasks as assigned.
 
Utilities Plant Operator I – This is the entry level in the Utilities Plant Operator series. Positions in this class typically have little related work experience and lack the ability to perform the full range of duties independently. The Utilities Plant Operator I class is distinguished from the II level by the performance of less than the full range of duties assigned to the II level. Incumbents work under direct supervision while learning job tasks, progressing to the general supervision as procedures and processes of assigned area of responsibility are learned. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the Trainee level.
 
Utilities Plant Operator II – This is the journey level class in the Utilities Plant Operator series and is distinguished from the I level by the assignment of the full range of duties. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new, unusual or unique situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the I level.

Application Process:

Applicants will be assessed on the application submitted. Due to the volume of applications received, resumes will not be screened for the purpose of determining who is the most qualified to compete in the testing process. It is the applicant's responsibility to fill out the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application with complete information and adequate detail. Do not substitute any part of the application with the words "SEE RESUME."

The following information is provided for you to use as a reference and as a planning tool. Human Resources is unable to schedule make-up examinations. 

Applicants considered to be the most qualified will be invited to continue in the testing process.
 

Tentative Testing Schedule

Written Exam
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

 

Human Resources reserves the right to revise the testing process to best meet the needs of the City.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

UTILITIES PLANT OPERATOR TRAINEE

 

Knowledge of: 

 

Basic methods of the tools and equipment used in construction, maintenance and repair work.

           

Basic arithmetic principles.

 

Safe work practices.

 

Ability to:

 

Perform skilled and semi-skilled maintenance, construction, and repair work in the area of work assigned. 

 

Handle contaminated materials and equipment. 

 

Identify equipment, tools and materials needed for each project.

 

Perform heavy manual labor. 

 

Understand and follow oral and written instructions. 

 

Work in confined areas. 

 

Use and operate hand tools, mechanical equipment, power tools, and other equipment required for the work in a safe and efficient manner. 

 

Read and interpret basic maps and blueprints.

 

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

 

Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work.


Experience and Training Guidelines:

 

Any combination of experience, education and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

 

Experience:

 

Experience in a water or wastewater treatment/production plant is desirable.

 

Education:

 

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

 

License or Certificate:

 

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.

 

Must obtain Operator-in-Training (OIT) certificate issued by the State of California within 90 days. An extension may be granted by the department Director in the event of a delay at the State level.


 

UTILITIES PLANT OPERATOR I

 

In addition to the qualifications for the Utilities Plant Operator Trainee:

 

Knowledge of:

 

Principles and practices of water or wastewater treatment/production plants, depending upon assignment.

 

Operating principles of plant equipment such as valves, pumps, and motors.

 

Standard principles of the natural sciences including chemistry and biology.

 

Safe work practices in a variety of situation such as confined spaces.

 

Laboratory analysis techniques and standards for water and/or wastewater.

 

Safe handling techniques for materials and equipment used in water/wastewater treatment.

 

Operational and safety regulations pertaining to water and/or wastewater treatment/production plant operations and vehicle and equipment usage.

 

Sampling methods and techniques.

 

Basic plumbing and electrical principles.

 

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

 

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) computerized pump control systems.

 

Ability to:

 

Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports.

 

Respond to difficult and sensitive public inquiries.

 

Respond to emergency situations and make appropriate decisions.

 

Identify malfunctions with pumping capacities, pneumatic controls and computerized controls.


Experience and Training Guidelines:

 

Any combination of experience, education and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

 

Experience:

                   

One year of increasingly responsible experience performing duties in water or wastewater treatment, production or distribution.  

                   

Training:

 

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

                   

License and Certificates:

 

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.

 

Must have a Grade II Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate from the State of California at time of appointment.

 

Additional Requirements:

                             

Must be a minimum 18 years of age at time of application.

 

During the course of employment, may be required to attend and successfully complete training courses as needed to perform assigned duties, including First Aid and CPR.



UTILITIES PLANT OPERATOR II:

 

In addition to the qualifications of the Utilities Plant Operator I:

 

Knowledge of:

 

Water disinfection and chemical dosage requirements.

 

Ability to:

 

Perform standby duty as assigned.

 

Complete the more complex work with minimal supervision.

 

Troubleshoot and diagnose malfunctions with pumping capacities, pneumatic controls and computerized controls, and determine effective course of action for correcting them.

 

Experience:

 

Two years of experience performing increasingly responsible duties in water or wastewater treatment, production or distribution.

 

Training:

 

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

                   

License and Certificates:

 

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.

 

Possession of a Grade III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate from the State of California at the time of appointment.

 

Additional Requirements:

                   

Must be a minimum 18 years of age at time of application.

         

During the course of employment, may be required to attend and successfully complete training courses as needed to perform assigned duties, including First Aid and CPR.

City application required for consideration. Apply online at https://modestogov.com/345/Job-Listings. Final closing date 05/14/19 at 5:00pm.