American States Utility Services Treatment Plant Operator III (6KS.18) in United States

Treatment Plant Operator III (6KS.18)

Location: FORT RILEY, KS

Pay range: 37,276-59,775

Job Code: 6KS.18


Date Posted: 1/11/18

Anticipated Start Date: March 2018

Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, American States Utility Services, Inc. contracts with the federal government to provide water and wastewater services that include operating, maintaining, renewing, replacing, and constructing new systems on military installations throughout the United States. The installations where we presently operate are home to nearly 350,000 military and civilian personnel and families.

We proudly deliver these vital services to military installations in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas (including southeastern New Mexico),Virginia and Florida.

Serving those who serve.


The Treatment Plant Operator III has the responsibility for complex duties assigned, including performing lead activities and participating in developing goals and procedures for water and/or wastewater treatment activities. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedure related to assigned area of responsibility and have the appropriate certification.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform assigned treatment plant rounds; inspect, monitor, troubleshoot, performance test and document plant processes by reading plant equipment gauges, dials, graphs, online analyzers, computer screens, meters, SCADA systems and other instrumentation.

  • Operate and adjust treatment plant pumps, motors, feeders and other equipment to maintain appropriate plant operations.

  • Maintain, compile and update plant operations logs and reports; perform and record mathematical calculations related to plant operational activities.

  • Mix and add treatment chemicals; install and replace chemical cylinder tanks; ensure adequate chemical application according to regulations and guidelines.

  • Install, maintain, repair, modify, troubleshoot and service plant operations machinery and equipment including pumps, valves, motors, meters, tanks, reservoirs, feeders, and online analyzers; change lubrications.

  • Collect and document liquid and solid samples and perform a variety of routine water quality laboratory tests; work closely with the laboratory on testing processes; monitor laboratory results; collect water samples as required by the regulatory agencies.

  • Perform general plant facility maintenance such as cleaning, painting and repairing plant facilities; perform various grounds maintenance duties as required.

  • Operate a variety of heavy equipment including backhoes, loaders, scrapers, forklifts, dump trucks, truck-mounted sludge/compost mixers, and tractor trailer combinations; assist in unloading chemicals as necessary.

  • Coordinate construction, maintenance, material selection and repair activities with maintenance, laboratory, contractors, vendors and other staff.

  • As assigned, participate in a variety of special projects such as construction of piping, electrical, and structural systems related to assigned work area.

  • Participate in the development of goals and procedures for water or wastewater treatment activities; gather and analyze data; develop a variety of reports.

  • Work with a variety of vendors, outside contractors and the general public on water or wastewater activities; answer questions and resolve conflicts.

  • Provide lead supervision and training to assigned personnel; assign tasks and projects to plant operations staff; train staff in appropriate treatment methods and techniques; schedule staff to ensure proper plant coverage.

  • Participate in establishing schedules and methods for providing maintenance and repair services; identify resource needs; review needs with appropriate supervisory and/or management staff; allocate resources accordingly.

  • Purchase assigned equipment and supplies for the assigned work area.

  • May require after hour work due to 24-hour operation

  • Available for emergency response, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

  • Performs other duties as assigned

The above job description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills or competencies associated with this job.

The responsibilities of this position will involve access to information that may be considered confidential, private and sensitive. Therefore, the individual filling this position will be required to both allow and pass a background check in addition to physical exam.

NOTE: Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with special needs to perform the essential functions.

May include working in all weather conditions, during all hours of the day. Physical demands include but are not limited to standing, climbing, walking, lifting, bending, pulling and/or pushing, grasping, reaching, stooping and crouching, sitting, typing, walking, reading, writing, color determination, speaking and listening for extended periods of time.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License issued by the state where employed.

  • Must take and pass Federal OSHA, US Army Corps of Engineers, and/or State Mandated Safety training, with annual refresher courses, as required by the associated regulations for this position. Such training will be provided by the Company and compliance is mandatory.

  • State Water Treatment Plant Operator 4 certification/Wastewater Treatment Plant 4

  • State Water Distribution Operator 2/B certification/State Wastewater Collection 2 or C preferred

  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include standing for extended periods of time, lifting heavy loads, kneeling, crawling, and climbing

  • Ability to understand basic math and chemistry and apply knowledge to water treatment process.

  • Must possess knowledge and comprehension of safety practices for general construction and handling of all materials used in water and wastewater system operations, to include liquid and gaseous chemicals, as well as hazardous solids, confined space entry, competent excavation, electrical safety, etc., while being under close supervision. Application of such practices is mandatory.

  • Ascertains increased knowledge of system operations, control settings, and plant operations.

  • Communication skills including demonstrated fluency with reading, writing, and speaking the English language.

  • Use and operate self-contained breathing apparatus and/or respirator.

  • Three (3) years as a Treatment Plant Operator II or five (5) years of water supply experience in the water utility industry or five (5) years of wastewater treatment and collection experience

  • State Grade IV Water Treatment Plant Operator/State Grade Water IV Wastewater Treatment

  • State Grade 2/B Water Distribution Operator Certificate or State Grade 2/C Wastewater Collection Operator Certificate

  • Excellent math skills

  • Experienced with the use of SCADA systems

  • Significant knowledge of hydraulics, chemistry and biology

  • Knowledge of hydraulics, chemistry and biology

  • Knowledge of basic plumbing skills

  • Recognize unusual, inefficient or dangerous operating conditions.

  • Principles and practices of water or wastewater treatment plant operations.

  • Operating principles of plant equipment such as valves, pumps and motors.

  • Methods and techniques of maintaining, repairing and troubleshooting water or wastewater plant equipment and processes.

  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to water or wastewater treatment.


  • Working in confined space.

  • Working in areas exposed to noise and chemicals. Work requires the use of appropriate PPE (e.g. hearing and chemical protection devices).

  • Working in extreme weather conditions.

  • Lifting and carrying loads up to 50 lbs.

  • Performing work up to limits of elevated water storage tanks.

  • Standing, sitting, walking, lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling, reaching, handling, grasping, fine dexterity, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, bending, twisting, climbing, balancing, vision including color determination, hearing, foot & hand controls.