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Operator/Operator Trainee- Crossville, TN in Crossville, TN at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 12/5/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    At least 2 year(s)
  • Date Posted:
    12/5/2018

Job Description

Operates and maintains water/wastewater treatment, processing, disposal and testing equipment in water/wastewater treatment facility to purify water to meet permit and operational requirements.
  • Tends automatic and semi-automatic machines and related equipment including pumps, engines, generators, valves, gates, mixers, conveyors, blowers, chemical feed and odor control and vacuum filters used to decontaminate waste water by settling, aeration and sludge digestion.

  • Monitors flow meters, gauges, flow ratios, pressures and related controls through instrument panels, computer terminals and programmable logic control units in assigned area. Monitors and records operating conditions observations and data in area shift log. Ensures conformance to process specifications.  Diagnoses basic operational problems and takes corrective action per procedure. Verifies and reports suspected malfunctions and variances to supervisor and takes corrective actions. Performs routine and preventative maintenance and maintenance related items as assigned.

  • Performs manual labor including filling and emptying of machine bins and cleaning equipment, facilities and grounds as required. Performs minor maintenance including, but not limited to, routine preventive maintenance, lubrication and minor adjustments. Operates vehicles for plant operational purposes. Practices good housekeeping in assigned area and properly disposes of waste according to safety and environmental policies.


  • Performs field tests (chemical, physical and biological) in order to pace chemical dosages for process and odor control units or alter unit processes. Samples wastewater, sludge and gases (odor control, digester, etc.) according to schedule. Prepares chemical solutions and services automatic samplers. Monitors process chemical supplies and recommends reorder.
  • Performs routine lab tests. Performs routine instrument calibration for portable meters including, but not limited to, dissolved oxygen, pH, H2S, percent oxygen, lower explosive limit.

Job Requirements

  • Monitors control panels and adjusts valves and gates manually or by remote control to regulate flow.
  • Must have the ability to read, write and comprehend English (operational, process, safety and quality instructions). Must have the ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.


  • Typically holds or is working toward a first level treatment certificate. (Requires minimum water/wastewater license as required by regulatory agencies at site).

  • Six months to two years experience in a related position and environment with knowledge of the methods, techniques, and practices of water/wastewater treatment.

  • Must consistently demonstrate the ability to learn and independently operate assigned machines and equipment meeting or exceeding processing and quality targets.

  • Must demonstrate ability to learn and independently operate equipment such as pumps, engines, centrifuge, generators, valves, gates, mixers, conveyors, blowers, dryers, chemical feed, odor control, disinfection equipment, sludge processing filters, belt presses and measuring/control devices, testing equipment and material handling equipment.

  • Must demonstrate a working ability to use computer programs for process control.

  • Must demonstrate ability to work in a team environment and willingness to assume additional or new responsibilities readily.

  • Must be able to serve rotational 24 hour emergency on-call if required by site.


  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.

Training Required:

  • Employee Orientation, Departmental Operating Procedures, Safety, OSHA and Quality Training.  
  • HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response)
  • Wastewater I Certification or ability to obtain level one in one year and advancement to level four within four years. 
  • Cross-training if feasible.
  • Must become proficient in the care and use of all site specific, facility required PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), including respirators, gas detectors, confined space equipment, etc.)
  • Forklift Certification if required at site.  Work toward higher level water treatment certification. 
  • May perform more advanced functions as part of training and development.