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Treatment Plant Operator- Wastewater

Under supervision performs technical and semiskilled work in the operation and maintenance of a water or wastewater treatment plant and other related assigned duties.


Position Category: Labor and Trade
Requires Background Check: True
Position Code: 7481SN
Department: Water & Sewer
Division: Water Pollution Control
Section: Wastewater Treatment Plant
Pay Grade: See Below
Starting Salary: See Below

The Treatment Plant Operator positions are in a progression. The positions range from a TPO I (LT-16) to a Treatment Plant Operator IV (LT-19).  Please refer to the Treatment Plant Operator Progression documentation and detailed job descriptions located on the City’s Intranet Site.
TPO Apprentice: Pay Grade: LT-15 / Salary Range: $14.08-$19.01/Hr. 
TPO I- Pay Grade: LT-16 / Salary Range: $15.04 – $20.30/Hr.
TPO II- Pay Grade:  LT-17 / Salary Range: $16.07 – $21.69/Hr.
TPO III- Pay Grade: LT-18 / Salary Range: $17.67 – $23.85/Hr.
TPO IV- Pay Grade: LT-19 / Salary Range: $19.44- $26.24/Hr.

Essential Job Functions:
Operation of mechanical, electrical, electronic, chemical or other process equipment, including pumps, chemical feeders, valves, compressors, conveyors, clarifiers, control panels, and computers;

Operates a variety of automotive and industrial equipment;

Monitors and operates all plant equipment;

Collects water or wastewater samples from various plant processes for testing purposes;

Maintains the plant through cleaning, painting, sweeping/moping, mowing, trimming, and refuse removal;

Loads and unloads hazardous chemicals;

Logs plant data, readings, and operational records;

Performs some analytical tests on water or wastewater samples.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks.

All offers are contingent on passing a national background check.

Minimum Qualifications:
TPO Apprentice- Graduation from high school or possession of a General Education Development Certificate (GED); some experience operating electrical, mechanical, electronic, chemical or other process equipment.  Refer to the Treatment Plant Operator Progression Criterion Document for additional requirements.

TPO I- Graduation from high school or possession of a General Educational Development Certificate (GED) and six (6) months experience as a Treatment Plant Apprentice or similar experience.  Refer to the Treatment Plant Operator progression criterion document for additional requirements.  Progression to a Treatment Plant Operator II is mandatory and required coursework to progress to the II level must be obtained within 18 months.

TPO II- Graduation from high school or possession of a General Educational Development Certificate (GED), completion of nine (9) credit hours from an accredited college in math, science and/or computers and one (1) year of experience as a Treatment Plant Operator I for the City of Tulsa or similar experience.  Refer to the Treatment Plant Operator progression criterion document for additional requirements.

TPO III- Graduation from high school or possession of a General Educational Development Certificate (GED), completion of twenty (20) hours of college accredited coursework to include math, science and/or computers, one (1) year of experience as a Treatment Plant Operator II for the City of Tulsa or similar experience.  Refer to the Treatment Plant Operator progression criterion document for additional requirements.

TPO VI- Graduation from high school or possession of a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, plus completion of forty (40) hours college accredited coursework to include math, science and/or computers, one (1) year experience as a Treatment Plant Operator III with the city of Tulsa or similar experience.  Refer to the Treatment Plant Operator Progression Criterion Document for additional requirements.

Licenses and Certificates:    
TPO Apprentice- Obtain a Class "B" Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with an “N” endorsement within ninety (90) days of hire date in the wastewater area only; and a Class “D” Water/Wastewater License as issued from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) within six (6) months of hire date in both water and wastewater areas.

TPO I- Possession of a valid Class "B" Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with an “N” endorsement within ninety (90) days of hire date in the wastewater area only; employees will be required to obtain a valid Class "D" Water/Wastewater License as issued from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) within six (6) months of hire date; and in addition, the City of Tulsa requires the employee to obtain a Class”C” Water/Wastewater License as issued from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) within eighteen (18) months of hire date.

TPO II- Obtain a Class "B" Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with an “N” endorsement within ninety (90) days of hire date in the wastewater area only; and possession of a Class “C” Water/Wastewater License as issued from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in both water and wastewater areas.

TPO III- Obtain a Class "B" Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with an “N” endorsement within ninety (90) days of hire date in the wastewater area only; and possession of a Class “B” Water/Wastewater License as issued from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in both water and wastewater areas.

TPO IV- Obtain a Class "B" Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with an “N” endorsement within ninety (90) days of hire date in the wastewater area only; and possession of a Class “B” Water/Wastewater License as issued from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in both water and wastewater areas.

Skills Test Required:
Writing and/or physical skills assessments may be administered as needed for each position.

Working Environment:
Working environment is primarily outdoors, occasionally indoors, and in inclement weather.  May be exposed to the following:  hazardous materials, high voltage electrical equipment, heights, flammable liquids, traffic, cramped work areas, excessive dust, weather/temperature extremes, rough terrains, cutting/chipping/grinding, hazardous/toxic atmosphere, sewage, damp/wet surfaces, snow/ice covered surfaces, snake and insect bites, poisonous plants, overhead power lines, toxic fumes/vapors/odors, confined spaces, compressed gases, high noises, oily surfaces, and refuse/garbage/litter.