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Pumping Stations Operator Trainee, I/II

Effective: 07/01/08
Range: G-61, G-66
Respirator Class: 2

Definition

Operate, inspect, maintain, and repair equipment and facilities at District pumping stations; perform a variety of mechanical and building maintenance tasks. This is a flexibly staffed class series whereby I level positions may reasonably be expected to progress to the II level with training, experience, and satisfactory job performance.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The use of respiratory equipment (including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)) may be required for this position. Therefore, the Pumping Stations Operator Trainee/I/II will be required to be free of facial hair that would interfere with the use of a respirator for annual fit tests and for any occasion which requires the use of respiratory equipment to comply with the District's respiratory program and Cal/OSHA standards.

Pumping Stations Operator Trainee

This is the sub-entry level class in the Pumping Stations Operator series and is distinguished from higher-level classes in that they are expected to have virtually no experience or technical knowledge in the area of pumping stations. Positions in this class perform only the most routine duties under the immediate supervision of higher-level positions.

Pumping Stations Operator I

This is the entry level class for the Pumping Stations Operator series. Positions in this class typically have at least one to two years experience in mechanical maintenance, treatment plant or collection system operations, but are unfamiliar with the full range of duties in the pumping stations. I level positions work under closer supervision than II level positions.

Pumping Stations Operator II

This is the journey level class in the Pumping Stations Operator series. Positions in this class perform the full range of pumping stations work and are frequently required to work alone and exercise independent judgement.

Supervision Received and Exercised

Pumping Stations Operator Trainee

  • Receive general supervision from the Pumping Stations Superintendent and immediate supervision from the Pumping Stations Supervisor. Technical supervision may be provided by higher-level positions in the Pumping Stations series.

Pumping Stations Operator I

  • Receive immediate supervision from a higher level position progressing to general supervision with training and experience.

Pump Stations Operator II

  • Receive general supervision from the Pumping Stations Supervisors or Superintendent.
  • May exercise technical supervision over lower level Pumping Stations Operators.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Operate, inspect, repair, and maintain pumps, electric motors, diesel and gasoline engines, air compressors, hydraulic systems, valves, electrical controls, and associated instrumentation, including telemetry and SCADA systems.
  • Check, record, and monitor pumping station operations and, as necessary, make operating adjustments including opening and closing suction or discharge valves and pumping down and flushing sumps and wet wells.
  • Perform preventive and predictive maintenance work on engines and equipment; diagnose mechanical problems; order or procure parts for repairs; order supplies.
  • Remove, repair, and install pumps, motors, compressors, generators, piping, valving, controls, filters, emergency by-pass systems, and hydraulic and pneumatic valve and instrument control systems.
  • Operate, maintain, and repair chemical feed systems.
  • Operate manual and automatic control liquid pumping systems.
  • Perform a variety of building maintenance and groundskeeping work.
  • Prepare time cards, call-out reports, and spillage reports.
  • Keep maintenance records and work activity reports; utilize computers as applicable.
  • In the absence of the Pumping Stations Supervisor or when directing others in such work, assume lead responsibility for pumping stations operations and maintenance.
  • Assist in analyzing pumping stations operations; make suggestions to supervisors on improvements.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Pumping Stations Trainee

Knowledge of:

  • Basic methods and materials used in the maintenance of diesel and gas engines, electric motors, pumps, compressors, and other equipment.
  • General computer knowledge and skills.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.

Ability to:

  • Intermittently sit, walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel, and twist while performing various tasks in and around work station, perform simple and power grasping, pushing and pulling, fine manipulation, use feet to operate foot controls; and lift or carry weight of 75 pounds or less. 
  • Learn to operate and perform preventive and routine maintenance and repair work on diesel engines and electric motors, pumps, compressors, and related pumping station equipment; operate related power tools.
  • Learn to perform a variety of building maintenance tasks including cleaning, grounds keeping, painting, light carpentry, plumbing, instrumentation, and electrical work.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, the District’s Respiratory Protection Program, and District Safety Directives.
  • Work shift, on call, weekends, and holidays as assigned.

Special Physical Requirements: 

  • Must be able to wear respiratory protection device for dust protection and while painting and using certain chemicals and solvents. May be required to enter confined space. Must be able to wear S.C.B.A. and perform job duties while wearing protective equipment and S.C.B.A. weighing 32 pounds.

Experience and Education:

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:

No experience required.

Education:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Licenses and Certificates:


Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

Pumping Stations Operator I

In addition to the qualifications for Pumping Stations Operator Trainee:

Knowledge of:

  • Methods, equipment, tools, and materials used in the maintenance of diesel and gas engines, electric motors, pumps, compressors, and other equipment.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis know the parts of the station and what they do; observe, remember, and understand equipment operations, identify problems related to equipment operations, and explain situations. Intermittently analyze pump problems, interpret schematics, and problem solve equipment malfunctions.
  • Operate and perform preventive and routine maintenance and repair work on diesel engines and electric motors, pumps, compressors, and related pumping station equipment; operate related power tools.
  • Perform a variety of building maintenance tasks including cleaning, groundskeeping, painting, light carpentry, plumbing, instrumentation, and electrical work.
  • Learn basic wastewater treatment processes and control procedures; perform routine process control tasks.
  • Use computer and SCADA control system to perform functions.
  • Maintain records accurately and neatly.

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:

  • One year of experience in the operation or maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant.

Pumping Stations Operator II

In addition to the qualifications for Pumping Stations Operator I:

Knowledge of:

  • Methods and precautions in storing and handling hazardous gases and chemicals.
  • Wastewater sampling and routine process control tests.

Ability to:

  • Perform the full range of repair and maintenance work on pumping stations equipment.
  • Work independently and exercise good judgement without close supervision; assume functional responsibility for designated operations in absence of supervision.
  • Diagnose problem situations and recommend effective courses of action.

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:

  • One year of experience as a Pumping Stations Operator I or comparable to a Maintenance Technician II at the District.

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