Plant Operator I

City of Chattanooga / Human Resources Dept. / PW Moccasin Bend & Fleet Divisions   Chattanooga, TN   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
Posted on November 10, 2022

The City of Chattanooga’s Moccasin Bend Wastewater Plant is hiring for Plant Operator I.

To apply call 423-757-5026 or visit the city's website

You are also invited to attend an open hiring event Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 12-5pm at 455 Moccasin Bend Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Bring a resume to this on-site interview event.

CLASSIFICATION SUMMARY: Incumbents in this classification are responsible for performing activities related to monitoring, operating and maintaining primary and secondary systems and pump stations at wastewater treatment plants. Duties include collecting water samples for analysis; collecting and monitoring readings; operating and maintaining pump stations, Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and storm stations; implementing wastewater collection and treatment processes, and cleaning and maintaining facilities. Positions are either assigned to the liquids or solids group. Work requires moderate supervision.

SERIES LEVEL: Plant Operator 1 is the first level of a five-level wastewater plant operations series.


(The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.)

Assists in operating, maintaining and monitoring wastewater processes which includes adjusting valves; transferring sludge; cleaning bar screens; cleaning scum from channels; draining gas traps; placing clarifiers in and out of service; reading meters and gauges; cleaning out telescope valves; untangling floats; opening and closing gates and valves and performing related activities. Collects a variety of water samples for analysis and notates readings; delivers samples to the lab, ensuring the integrity of the chain of custody. Collects electric, water, pump hour and flow readings at pump stations and applicable sites; verifies meters are working correctly and monitors the location. Monitors chemical feeds and makes appropriate adjustments. Cleans, maintains and inspects applicable equipment and facilities which includes testing floats, milltronics, pumps, valves, gates, and telemetry; setting up stations for pumping or gravity flow; testing screen and float operations; checking onsite generators for operation, fuel, coolant, and oil levels and/or performing other related activities. Prepares a variety of readings and information related to plant operations in applicable logbooks. Performs other duties as assigned.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or GED supplemented by vocational/technical training in wastewater treatment plant operations, chemical processing, monitoring production machinery/equipment, maintaining mechanical equipment, or in a related field or any equivalent combination of education, experience or training sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

LICENSING AND CERTIFICATIONS: A valid Tennessee Driver's License.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Knowledge of basic wastewater treatment systems; pump stations; applicable tools and equipment utilized in the trade; basic mathematical concepts; records maintenance principles and mechanical and electrical principles. Skill in performing mathematical calculations; performing routine maintenance activities; troubleshooting routine wastewater system problems; reading and recording data; operating applicable tools and equipment of the trade; and communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Positions in this class typically require climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing and seeing.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Medium Work: Exerting up-to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up-to 20 pounds of force frequently and/or up-to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, chemicals, oils, inadequate lighting, extreme temperatures, workspace restrictions, and infectious diseases.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Safety Sensitive: Y; Department of Transportation - CDL: N; Child Sensitive: N

The City of Chattanooga, Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.