Lancaster Water Plant Operator 2
Salary $50,460.38 Annually
Location Lancaster, PA
Job Type Full-time
Department Dept Public Works
Job Number 6514008
Primary Functions and Job Details:
Operates water treatment equipment at a City water treatment plant for the proper
pumping, treatment and filtering of water and for maintaining proper water flow and
pressure for the City.
Examples Of Essential Duties:
Follows safe practices in the performance of duties.
Monitors supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for
membrane plant and makes adjustments as necessary.
Operates high service finished water pumps, chlorinators, dry and liquid
chemical feeders, filters, electric motors, and other water plant equipment in
order to produce clean, pure and potable water.
Operates raw water pumps, grit machines, screens, and wet well gates.
Monitors tank levels and other system information and alerts proper
personnel to abnormalities or problems.
Makes calculations according to established procedures in order to determine
proper chemical feed rates, flow quantities, detection and contact times.
Operates a mechanical centrifuge for dewatering sludge.
Receives and documents a variety of incoming calls for service, information,
and/or other related issues related to Citywide and/or non-City provided
Dispatches servicepersons in accordance with City approved procedures.
Communicates positively and effectively with the general public.
Performs custodial, maintenance and preventive maintenance duties
including, but not limited to, painting, cleaning, and repairing equipment.
Determines appropriate chemical feed rates through laboratory testing for
turbidity, chlorine residuals, taste and odors, and other tests as required.
Enters data as required to create and maintain appropriate records.
Provides instruction and direction on an assigned shift in the operation of a
water treatment plant.
Education, Training and Experience:
Graduation from High School or completion of a GED is required; a
bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred.
At least three (3) years’ experience as water plant operator is highly
Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid Pennsylvania State Driver’s License is required; a CDL
Class B driver’s license is preferred.
Possession of a Class “A” Waterworks Operator Certification with all
subclasses required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection to make process control decisions at the City of Lancaster’s water
plants within three (3) years.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of safe practices related to the water treatment plant.
Proven ability to use, adjust and note defects in mechanical and electrical
equipment is required; experience in the equipment used in a water
filtration/pumping plant is preferred.
Proven ability in taking accurate readings, keeping accurate records, and
making mathematical computations is required.
Proven ability to identify and analyze problems and determine remedial action
Ability to operate a vehicle on private and public streets is required.
Proven ability to read, write, speak, and comprehend English is required.
Proven ability to work well under pressure and to maintain positive
interactions is required.
Proven ability to work as part of a team and to collaborate successfully with
others is required.
Proven ability to adapt to new or changed situations and to show flexibility in
making improvements in work processes and operations is required.
Proven ability to exhibit customer-centered behaviors and to focus on
customer needs is required.
Proven ability to commit to excellence in service and to continuous
improvement is required.
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled.
Exposed to inclement weather and extreme temperature, including long
periods of standing outdoors.
Works outdoors and indoors with, or without, heat and/or air conditioning.
Exposure to noise and pollution.
Safety Equipment Used or Needed:
Wear personal protection as required.
Ability to read and understand Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for chemicals.
Successful completion of a job-related mathematical, chemistry, mechanical
and customer service skills test administered by the City of Lancaster Human
Resources Bureau is required.
Satisfactory completion of the pre-employment process, which includes
successful passing of a pre-employment physical and drug test, and an FBI
criminal history check.
Requires frequent walking, standing, and kneeling.
Requires occasional climbing and working from a ladder.
Works around motorized or moving equipment and machinery.
Requires occasional lifting up to 50 lbs. with use of handcarts and hoists is
This description was prepared to indicate the kinds of activities and levels of
work difficulty required of positions in this class. It is not intended as a
complete list of specific duties and responsibilities.
2nd &3rd Shift. 40 hours/Full time.
The City of Lancaster offers a comprehensive benefit package to benefits-eligible
positions. Medical (PPO and HDHP/HSA options), Dental, Vision, Life Insurance,
FSA, Critical Illness and Accident Insurance, Pension(s), 457 Deferred
Compensation, Sick, Vacation, Personal Time, as well as 12 Paid Holidays for non-
essential positions (Bonus days given in lieu of holidays to essential positions).
City of Lancaster (PA)
120 N Duke St
PO Box 1599
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17608