First Class Operator

DATE: 12-17-02

JOB TITLE: First Class Operator
DEPARTMENT: Public Works
DIVISION: Wastewater / Sewer Collection

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Wastewater Plant Superintendent

DIRECTION OF OTHERS: Serves as the lead worker and gives training and work direction to other operators (C&D) or maintenance workers if needed. This needs to be done in a way that promotes team concepts.

EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: High School Graduate or GED equivalent and supplemented by two (2) years post secondary college or technical training in biology, environmental science, chemistry, plumbing, electrical, or a closely related field. Shall have five (5) years experience in a wastewater utility, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

NATURE OF WORK: Supervises the work of employees engaged in the performance of sewer maintenance and/or repair of sanitary and storm sewers. Perform a variety of tasks related to the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment facility and lift stations.


I. Performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled technical and maintenance work in the operation, maintenance and repair of wastewater treatment facilities and systems.

A. Monitors the performance of all equipment, Computer Control Units, gauges and charts in the treatment plant and pump stations; records statistical data concerning plant operations; maintains, operates, repairs and replaces equipment as necessary.
B. Operates, maintains and repairs malfunctions at the wastewater treatment plant; repairs gauges, pumps, filters and other controls and equipment.
C. Operates, maintains and repairs to the following: heavy equipment, electrical equipment, plumbing systems, heat, air conditioning and ventilation systems.
D. Performs welding and fabrication when needed.
E. Interprets lab results and then modifies plant operations as needed.
F. Assures that plant operates within required standards.
G. Trains other operators in operation of wastewater treatment facility maintenance and repairs daily.
H. Contains and disposes of hazardous wastes generated by the lab.
I. Calibrates, modifies or repairs instrumentation and control equipment including recorders, flow-meters and other water quality monitoring equipment.
J. Operates and maintains sewage pump stations; cleans wet wells and operates pumps and valves to control and adjust flow and treatment process.
K. Serves on various employee or other committees as assigned.
L. Maintains the drawings and schematics of electrical and other systems in the treatment plant.
M. Monitors performance of electrical systems, circuits or equipment of the treatment plant.

I. Necessary knowledge, skills and abilities include the following:

A. Working knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in wastewater treatment plant maintenance and operation activities; working knowledge of laboratory procedures and practices.
B. Skill in operation of some of the listed tools and equipment.
C. Ability to perform process control calculations; ability to work safely; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments and the public; ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
D. Be able to operate the plant and equipment and apply knowledge to solve practical problems. Assist other operators or personnel with equipment maintenance and repairs.


I. Develops public understanding of work and activities of the Division.

A. Answers citizen questions and requests for materials and information regarding waste water treatment and discharge permits.
B. Follows up on citizen complaints in areas pertaining to the division.
C. Maintains good relations with industries, businesses, other public agencies and the general public in the course of operating the Plant and the discharge of effluent and sludge.
D. Participates in public education programs regarding waste water treatment.


I. Must have a valid State of MN Class A commercial driver’s license with tanker endorsement.

II. Must be certified as a Class “B” Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator as determined by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and have ability to obtain Class 4 Land Application Certificate.

III. All required licenses and certifications must be maintained active and valid by the employee.


I. Motor vehicle, generators, pumps, gauges, common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, detection devices, mobile radio, phone, calculator, dial indicator, multiple meters, calipers, and a variety of lab equipment.


I. The typical work week consists of five eight hour days, generally 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. This is a non-exempt position.

II. While performing the duties of this job, the employee works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is exposed daily to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and occasionally confronted with fumes and airborne particles, risk of electrical hazards, and vibration. The employee works with toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately loud.

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, talk or hear, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.