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WATER PLANT TRAINEE
61700
(Competitive)


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS

The work involves responsibility for undergoing on-the-job training to become qualified as an operator of a water treatment plant. Assists in the operation and maintenance of a water plant. This is a trainee position involving responsibility for learning the duties and routines in the operation and maintenance of a water plant. Work is performed under the supervision of a qualified operator (depending upon jurisdiction where employed) for the preparation of becoming a Water Plant Operator I. Supervision is generally not exercised by this class. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES

Performs study and reading assignments, observes demonstration and otherwise learns the techniques of operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant.

Learns and assists in activating and shutting down pumps.

Learns and assists in the inspection, maintenance, and repair of pumps, valves and related mechanical equipment.

Learns and assists in determining and adjusting the rate of feeding chemicals.

Learns and assists the changing of chlorine cylinders, and filling hoppers and solution tanks with chemicals, and washing filters and settling basins.

Learns and assists in making emergency repairs.

Learns and assists in the operation, adjustment and maintenance of pumps, valves, motors, chlorinators, chemical feeders, telemetering controls, communications systems and other water supply system equipment and facilities.

Learns and assists in the making of physical tests of water for color, odor, and taste, and other qualities.

Learns and assists in the making of chemical tests of water for alkalinity and residual chlorine.

Learns and assists in the preparation and maintenance of activity records and reports.

Performs increasingly responsible duties as assigned in the operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant.

May perform custodial and security duties in and around the plant.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Familiarity with the elementary principles of chemistry and general science.

Ability to learn principles and procedures relating to the operation and maintenance of a water plant.

Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions.

Mechanical aptitude and good general intelligence, good observation.

A desire to learn and progress.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Graduation from high school or possession of a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma.

SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENT

Within one (1) year of employment, trainees must satisfactorily complete an in-plant training program and meet the minimum qualifications for a Water Plant Operator I (Type A Plant) or Water Plant Operator I (Type B Plant).

When required to operate a motor vehicle, possession of a valid New York State Non-CDL or CDL, including any special endorsements, as required for the type of vehicle being operated.

9/98 Revised