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Water/Liquid Waste Treatment Plant System Operators
The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Water/Liquid Waste Treatment Plant System Operators
Summary Job Description Tasks
Operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater. Add chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine, or lime to disinfect and deodorize water and other liquids.
Operate and adjust controls on equipment to purify and clarify water, process or dispose of sewage, and generate power.
Inspect equipment or monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauges to determine load requirements and detect malfunctions.
Collect and test water and sewage samples, using test equipment and color analysis standards.
Record operational data, personnel attendance, or meter and gauge readings on specified forms.
Maintain, repair, and lubricate equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
Direct and coordinate plant workers engaged in routine operations and maintenance activities.
Clean and maintain tanks, filter beds, and other work areas using hand tools and power tools.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Water/Liquid Waste Treatment Plant System Operators
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Water/Liquid Waste Treatment Plant System Operators
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Water/Liquid Waste Treatment Plant System Operators
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Water/Liquid Waste Treatment Plant System Operators
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Compliance software Compliance software
Data logging software Data base user interface and query software
Database software Data base user interface and query software
Human machine interface HMI software Industrial control software
Material safety data sheet MSDS software Compliance software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Records management software Document management software
Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software Industrial control software
Timekeeping software Time accounting software
Wastewater expert control systems Industrial control software
Absorption equipment Carbon filtration equipment
Aeration compressors Oxygen generators
Aerators Mixers or agitators
Aerobic digesters Sludge or sewage digesters
Agitators Mixers or agitators
Air monitoring equipment Air samplers or collectors
Air strippers Bacterial removal equipment
Ammoniators Water conditioners
Ammonium analyzers Nitrogen or nitrate or nitrite analyzer
Anaerobic treatment equipment Packaged water treatment systems
Atomic absorption AA spectrophotometers Spectrophotometers
Autosamplers Autosamplers
Backwash filters Ultrafiltration equipment
Biochemical oxygen demand analyzers Dissolved oxygen meters
Blowers Blowers
Carbon analyzers Organic carbon analyzers
Centrifugal pumps Centrifugal pumps
Chemical feed pumps Chemical pumps
Chemical feeding equipment Chemical pumps
Chemical oxygen demand testing equipment Oxygen gas analyzers
Chlorine analyzers Single gas monitors
Clarifiers Sludge collectors
Colorimeters Colorimeters
Comminutors Sludge shredders
Composite samplers Water samplers
Conductivity meters Conductivity meters
Conveyor control equipment Conveyor screw
Dechlorination equipment Chlorine handling equipment
Denitrification equipment Ammonia removal equipment
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Diffusors Oxygen generators
Disinfection chlorinators Chlorine handling equipment
Emissions monitoring systems Air samplers or collectors
Filter belt presses Sludge pelletizers
Fixed-film reactors Bacterial removal equipment
Flocculators Mixers or agitators
Flotation equipment Water purification equipment
Furnaces Furnaces
Grit separators Grit chambers
Heat exchangers Heat exchangers
Hydraulic pumps Hydraulic pumps
Hydrocarbon analyzers Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors
Incinerators Incinerators
Incline plate clarifiers Sludge collectors
Incline screw pumps Screw Pumps
Ion exchangers Microcontrollers
Lift stations Lift stations
Microstrainers Ultrafiltration equipment
Nitrate analyzers Nitrogen or nitrate or nitrite analyzer
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Odor control equipment Odor control equipment
Oil-in-water monitors Oil content monitors analyzers
Pipe cleaning equipment Drain or pipe cleaning equipment
Pipe inspection video equipment Digital camcorders or video cameras
Plate and frame presses Sludge pelletizers
Positive displacement pumps Positive displacement pumps
Rapid sand filters Ultrafiltration equipment
Remote terminal unit pump control equipment Microcontrollers
Rotating biological contactors Water purification equipment
Scrubbers Wet scrubbers
Scum ejectors Sludge or sewage removal equipment
Sequential batch reactors Packaged water treatment systems
Settleometers Sedimentological analyzing unit
Slow sand filters Ultrafiltration equipment
Sludge digesters Sludge or sewage digesters
Sludge injectors Sludge disposal equipment
Sulphonators Chlorine handling equipment
Suspended solid measurement equipment Turbidimeters
Total oil and grease analyzers Oil content monitors analyzers
Total organic carbon TOC analyzers Organic carbon analyzers
Total petroleum hydrocarbon TPH analyzers Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors
Toxic gas analyzers Toxicology analyzers
Trickling filter beds Ultrafiltration equipment
Turbidimeters Turbidimeters
Ultrasonic flowmeters Flow sensors
Ultraviolet UV disinfection systems Ultraviolet disinfection equipment
Vacuum filters Ultrafiltration equipment
Valve actuators Valve actuators
Wastewater samplers Water samplers
Water treatment evaporators Water treatment dryers
pH analyzers pH meters
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Water/Liquid Waste Treatment Plant System Operators
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
On-the-Job Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
Related Work Experience None
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Water/Liquid Waste Treatment Plant System Operators
Alternate Job Title(s)
Basin Tender
Biosolids Management Technician
Clarifying Plant Operator
Disposal Operator
Disposal Plant Operator
Drinking Water Technician
Filter Tender
Filtration Operator
Filtration Plant Operator
Industrial Waste Treatment Technician
Lead Sewage Plant Operator
Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operator
On-Site Wastewater Systems Technician
Operations Specialist
Plant Operator
Potable Water Treatment Operator
Process Operator
Purification Operator
Radioactive Waste Disposal Dispatcher
SCADA Operator (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Operator)
Sewage Plant Operator
Sewage Treatment Plant Operator
Utility Maintenance Worker
Waste Disposal Plant Operator
Waste Treatment Operator
Waste Water Operator
Waste Water Plant Operator
Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator (WWTP Operator)
Wastewater Operator
Wastewater Plant Operator
Wastewater Reclamation Facility Operator
Wastewater Treatment Operator
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
Water Filterer
Water Operator
Water Plant Operator
Water Pump Operator
Water Pumper
Water Purifier Operator
Water Quality Technician
Water Reclamation Systems Operator
Water Supply Technician
Water System Operator
Water Treatment Operator
Water Treatment Plant Operator
Water Treatment Specialist
Water Treatment Technician
Watershed Tender
Waterworks Employee
Waterworks Operator
Waterworks Pump Station Operator
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Water/Liquid Waste Treatment Plant System Operators
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