Plant Operator I

Lorton, Virginia
$44,998.93 - $74,998.14 Annually
May 08, 2021
May 22, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Operates wastewater treatment processes at the Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Plant, a 67 MGD advanced wastewater treatment facility. Collects samples for plant process testing and monitors process flows. Assists higher level plant operators in monitoring operations via computer, visual and audio inspections. Collects samples of wastewater and sludge at prescribed stages and time intervals in the treatment cycle and performs basic tests. Monitors alarms and by-passes pieces of equipment in case of emergency. Understands mechanical process and use of mechanical tools and instruments. Maintains accurate logs and carries out applicable safety practices. Duties performed under general supervision, willing to train right individual, great entry level position.

NOTE: Position requires working split shifts and you are paid shift differential. This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all- inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Assists in monitoring an equipment and/or treatment process station to ensure the proper treatment of wastewater;
  • Assists higher level plant operators in monitoring operations via laptop, visual, and audio inspections;
  • Assist with preventative and corrective maintenance;
  • Collects samples of wastewater and sludge at prescribed stages and time intervals in the treatment cycle and performs basic tests;
  • Monitors alarms and by-passes to another piece of equipment in case of an emergency;
  • Communicates with previous operator at beginning of shift to determine problems and status of all equipment;
  • Maintains records as assigned and required;
  • Cleans bar screens, wet wells, tanks, and other equipment and skims grease;
  • Adjusts chemical feed rates, adjusts or replaces packing on pumps, gates, and other
  • controls and equipment;
  • Performs general housekeeping and cleaning duties;
  • Effectively communicates with customers, employees and supervisors;
  • Engages in safe working practices and complies with safety programs and guidelines;
  • Reports unsafe working conditions;
  • Complies with safety competencies.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all- inclusive list.)
  • Basic knowledge of computers;
  • Ability to learn the principles of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems (SCADA), Computerized Maintenance Systems (CMMS) and Enterprise Asset Management systems (EAM);
  • Ability to learn the principles and operation of wastewater treatment;
  • Ability to learn the biological, chemical, and physical processes of wastewater treatment;
  • Ability to understand mechanical processes and use mechanical tools and instruments;
  • Ability to maintain accurate logs;
  • Ability to operate a computer;
  • Ability to work in confined spaces;
  • Ability to comprehend confined space training;
  • Ability to comprehend and comply to safety practices;
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with customers, employees and supervisors.

Employment Standards

Graduation from high school, or a GED issued by a state department of education.

  • A valid driver's license.
  • A Class IV Wastewater Treatment Operator's certification issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia within 18 months of appointment.

Appointees within this classification are subject to a criminal background check, driving record check and pre-employment physical prior to employment.

Positions within this classification are considered essential to the maintenance and continuity of core county operations during the activation of an emergency or critical incident.

Work Environment:
May be exposed to raw waste.

Some wastewater knowledge and experience working in the wastewater field at a Class I wastewater facility. Virginia Class IV Wastewater certification.

Ability to lift 50 to 75 pounds in a safe manner. Subject to working in adverse weather conditions. Must be able to bend, stoop, climb stairs and climb up and down 40 foot ladder. Must be able to follow oral and written instructions. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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