Trainee Operator

Upper Occoquan Service Authority
Fairfax County, VA
$34,825.71- $57,518.17
May 08, 2017
Jun 12, 2017
Career Level
Entry Level
Full Time

Treatment Process Division
Grade 21
Pay Range: $34,825.71- $57,518.17
Open: Monday, May 8 2017
Close: Open Until Filled


The Upper Occoquan Service Authority, located in Centreville, VA, is a leader in water reclamation, has an immediate opening for a Trainee Operator within the Treatment Process Division. If you have the ability and willingness to increase your knowledge and skills and perform progressively complex and difficult tasks that aid in the continuous operation of UOSA’s state-of-the-art water reclamation plant then UOSA has a need for you!


Treatment Process Operators work 24/7/365 on assigned fixed shifts. New hires will work all shifts, transitioning to an assigned shift dependent upon the plant’s need after 6 months. The Trainee Operator is trained to perform a wide-range of tasks of one section (Liquid Team sections; including SRF and Conventional Treatment, Chemical Treatment, AWT Physical Treatment and Activated Carbon Regeneration Furnace; or Solids Team sections; which may include Presses and Trucks, Centrifuge, Dryer Field, Dryer Driver or Carbon Regeneration Furnace) of the facility. Work is performed alongside highly skilled UOSA employees and under the immediate supervision of a Treatment Plant (TP) Manager or experienced operator in accordance with the provisions of each section.

Responsibilities of the position include; but is not limited to, operating and monitoring treatment equipment that may include pumps, motors, rake arms, etc, the use of process equipment for assigned sections, perform house-cleaning tasks on a regular basis, collect samples for lab analysis and perform tests on samples collected, collects and records data required for logbooks, troubleshoot malfunctioning equipment and writes maintenance work order requests.

Must have a mechanical aptitude and willingness to readily acquire the knowledge and skills required for promotion by satisfactory completion of plant operation tasks of progressively increasing difficulty to the class of Process Operator. The knowledge of elementary mathematics and science and the ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions are essential to the position. Must be able to retrieve computer data and to perform related process control tasks safely and effectively.


Completion of high school or a GED program is required, preferably including basic mathematics and science courses. A two-year Associate degree program in mathematics or science is desirable; or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Trainee Operators are expected to progress up the Treatment Process Career Ladder and achieve the level of Process Operator within 30 months, starting after the completion of the probationary period.


  • Possession of vehicle operator’s license valid in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Must be able to perform physical requirements of position to include extensive walking,  bending, stooping, climbing stairs/ladders, lifting and carrying 75 pounds.
  • Must be computer literate with basic computer skills (typing, data entry, MS Office).

All employment offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen, physical and background check paid by UOSA.

All interested candidates must submit a completed UOSA application. Applications are available at under Careers. Applications may be submitted via email to

UOSA offers competitive compensation and a wide range of great benefits.

If you are interested, please go to visit our website and click on Careers to retrieve an application. We look forward to meeting with you!

UOSA is an equal opportunity employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any protected class.

UOSA does not accept third party agencies.

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