2021-09-14 2021-10-19

Plant Operator

City of Tempe
  • Organization Type: Municipality / Public Works
  • Location: Tempe, Arizona
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 72273
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Municipality / Public Works
  • Location: Tempe, Arizona
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 72273
  • Organization Website

The Plant Operator performs a variety of skilled technical duties and tasks in the operation, maintenance and testing at the City’s water treatment plant facility.

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

  • Monitor treatment plant functions by reading gauges, graphs, meters and control panels; perform and evaluate chemical tests to determine adjustments necessitated by changing processing needs, adjust pumps, flow valves and chemical systems;
  • Make regular rounds of the plant performing a variety of duties pertaining to water treatment and plant maintenance; observe variations in operating conditions and monitor plant functions by interpreting computer information (i.e. SCADA), meters, gauge, graph and control panel readings as well as lab test results to determine processing requirements;
  • Collect liquid samples and perform a variety of laboratory tests; document results and take appropriate actions; enter data into a computer and compile readings and test results into hourly, daily and monthly reports;
  • Operate valves, gates, pumps, motors and generators in controlling treatment processes; perform routine maintenance work on valves, chemical feed systems and related equipment as required;
  • Assist in the training other staff as well as mentoring Plant Operator Trainees in plant operations as needed.


Work Experience:
Requires one year of qualifying experience as a Grade II or higher plant operator performing operation duties in a water treatment facility.

Candidates must have the minimum amount of work experience. Years of experience are based upon a full-time work schedule (2,080 hours per year). The sum of an applicant’s full-time and/or part-time qualifying work experience must meet or exceed the stated minimum qualification. Education will not substitute for the required work experience; however, related unpaid and/or volunteer work experience may be used as qualifying work experience.

Requires the equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. Coursework in water treatment, chemistry, biology or a degree related to the core functions of this position is preferred.

The term “equivalent” means that directly related work experience exceeding the required work experience will substitute in equal time increments for college-level education, for example: one year of additional directly related work experience will substitute for one year of college education (30 credit hours).

Certification, Licenses, and/or Registrations:

  • Possession of Grade II Water Treatment certification issued by the State of Arizona or its equivalent in another state or jurisdiction (reciprocity).
  • Possession of, or, required to obtain within six months from date of hire, a Grade III Water Treatment certification issued by the State of Arizona.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Salary: $24.97 to $36.89 Hourly

Close Date: First review of applications will occur on Oct. 11, 2021

Learn More/Apply: https://www.tempe.gov/government/human-resources/careers

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