Wastewater Collections Operator

Collections operators ensure wastewater flows safely to the facility for treatment.

Wastewater Collections Operators perform skilled construction, repair, and maintenance of wastewater system facilities. They operate a variety of power equipment and ensure public health by preventing sewage overflows and blockages. They inspect, clean, maintain, construct, and repair wastewater collection systems including sanitary sewers, storm drains, pump stations, pipes, manholes and catch basins.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Wastewater collection system operational characteristics,
  • materials, methods, techniques, and terminology used in maintenance and repair of wastewater collection system infrastructure,
  • basic mathematical principles,
  • basic principles of record keeping,
  • occupational hazards and safety practices including those associated with working in confined spaces,
  • traffic control, pertinent regulations, principles and practices of customer service.

Ability to:

  • Perform a variety of manual and semi-skilled tasks involved in the maintenance and repair of the wastewater collection system,
  • work for extended periods of time and in unfavorable weather conditions,
  • perform heavy manual labor,
  • work in confined spaces while wearing a respirator,
  • read maps, blue prints, and diagrams,
  • ensure safety,
  • maintain records,
  • safely drive and operate equipment,
  • understand and follow instructions,
  • communicate clearly and concisely in both speech and writing, and maintain effective working relationships.

Education and Training

This job typical requires a high school degree or equivalent, and 1-2 years of relevant experience in construction, maintenance or similar fields.

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