Posted 2 weeks ago

City of Cornelia, Georgia
Position Description
Utilities Operator / Laboratory Technician

Utilities DIVISION

Wastewater Treatment Plant SUPERVISOR

Utilities Superintendent / Laboratory Director CLASSIFICATION

Full-Time, Non-Union, Technical

Under general direction, performs skilled work in the operation and maintenance of water and wastewater systems. Those designated may oversee part-time, seasonal, or full-time employees in the same or lower classifications. May be assigned to one functional area within the Division, such as water, wastewater, or infrastructure. Under direction of the Utilities Superintendent/Laboratory Director, assists with and conducts chemical testing programs involved in control and treatment of wastewater treatment, industrial pretreatment, environmental control testing, and related laboratory analysis.

The Utilities Operator is required to drive to every facility which is operated and maintained by the Utilities Division, and have the mobility and agility to move about each site as the work demands dictate. In the role as a Laboratory Technician the employee will work primarily at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The job requires driving to various industries and other sampling locations to collect wastewater samples. The employee must also be skilled in the use of standard laboratory instruments and apparatus associated with conducting wastewater and water treatment analyses. The employee is furthermore required to drive to every facility which is operated and maintained by the Utilities Department, and have the mobility and agility to move about each site as the work demands dictate. Finally, the employee must be able to operate vehicles and equipment associated with water/wastewater utilities work.

• Performs analysis, including, but not limited to pH, total suspended solids, chemical
oxygen demand, carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand, grease and oil, fecal
coliform, nitrates, nitrites, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen, and ammonia. The
Operator/Laboratory Technician will pick up samples from local industries/municipality
sites and transport them to the laboratory for analysis.

• Performs the administrative functions of requisition and supply, and primary
records-keeping for the laboratory and the treatment plant, as assigned.
• May assist the Utilities Superintendent / Laboratory Director with inspection of
facilities under the pretreatment program.

• Attendance during regularly scheduled work hours.

• Effective and respectful communication and interactions with other employees,
supervisors, individuals from other organizations, and citizen customers.

• Performs work related to the operation of a water or wastewater system and

• Operates utility trucks, air compressors, pipe saws, tractors, tractor loaders, backhoes,
electronic locating equipment, chemical and TV equipment, rodders, jetters, and other
power driven equipment and tools.

• Paints, repairs, and services equipment and facilities.

• Must be available for emergency overtime work.

• Performs other related functions as assigned or apparent.

• Knowledge of chemistry and biology as applied to the treatment of water, sewage, and
industrial wastes.

• Thorough knowledge of tests and procedures in sampling and testing water.

• Ability to assist the Utilities Superintendent / Laboratory Director in performing frequent
and complex chemical tests and analyses.

• Ability to maintain effective working relationships.

• Knowledge of water and/or wastewater system components and practices, tools, and
materials used in water and sewer service work.

• Knowledge of standard water and/or wastewater treatment tests and test procedures.

• Performs heavy manual labor.

• Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions necessary in the
operation of a water and/or wastewater system.

• Ability to read meters and gauges correctly and to act quickly and independently in
operational emergencies.

• Mechanical aptitude.

• Knowledge of basic first aid training.

• Ability to use a personal computer.

Must possess a high school diploma or GED, and college or technical college level courses in chemistry and/or biology, such as, but not limited to, analytical chemistry,
general chemistry, microbiology, or limnology amounting to approximately 20 credit hours.

Possession of a valid State of Georgia Class B Commercial driver’s license.

Must possess a valid Georgia driver’s license. Must possess or obtain a valid State of Georgia Class III (3) Biological Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator License or State of Georgia Laboratory Analyst License within eighteen (18) months of employment. Satisfactory completion of background examination, physical examination, and drug/alcohol testing. Must comply with organizational and departmental policies.

Working hours are flexible, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, with some weekends as needed.


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Wastè Water Control Plant

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