Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Water Pollution Control Operator Trainee (40 Hour)

Recruitment #201014-9254FM-001

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut, Storrs campus has two job openings for Water Pollution Control Operator Trainees at the Storrs Campus.  These positions will receive on-the-job training to perform tasks as outlined in the specifications for the job classification which include job assignments relating to the operation and maintenance of the Class IV Water Pollution Control Facility, water reclamation, and associated lift stations to the facility.  A State of Connecticut, Wastewater Treatment Facility Class I Operator Certificate must be obtained no later than 24 months from the date of appointment to the Water Pollution Control Operator Trainee position.  The Class 1 Operator Certificate must be maintained throughout employment with the University once promoted to the Water Pollution Control Operator 1 job classification.   

These Water Pollution Control Operator Trainee positions are permanent, full-time, 1st Shift 40 hours/week positions with a paid half an hour for lunch.  One work schedule is Sunday - Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the second work schedule is Tuesday – Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The hourly salary is $22.86 and is non-negotiable.  These positions may be eligible for weekend differential and offer a full benefits package, including medical and dental insurance.  

These positions are categorized as Emergency Support Services/Essential Staff.  Incumbents must be willing and able to work during emergency closures/delayed openings due to inclement weather or for significant events that effect campus operations. 

Selection Plan

These positions are categorized as “Open to the Public” and current, qualified UConn NP-2 employees will be given preference in the hiring process.

 

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify your qualifications on your application.   Graduation from high school or certification of having passed the General Educational Development (GED) certification examination is a minimum requirement.  If applicable, applicants are strongly encouraged to indicate on their application (under the Job-Related Academic, Technical or Vocational Training section of the application) the name(s) of any Educational Institution(s) attended, and to indicate the (in person and/or online) courses studied,  Address, City, State where the Educational Institution(s) are located, the years attended and the number of Credits earned or Diploma Earned.  If this section of the application is not completed in its entirety, the applicant will not be considered qualified for the position.

If selected for an interview, you will be asked to provide the names, titles and phone numbers of three professional references.  In addition, if you are a current State of Connecticut employee at UConn or another State Agency, you will be asked to provide copies of your last two (2) performance appraisals and your CORE attendance records.   Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination, including drug testing, as well as a criminal background check. 

Applicants must possess and retain a current motor vehicle operator license throughout employment with the University.  Questions pertaining to this position should be directed to UCONN HR's Services Unit phone number at 860-486-3034.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

At the University of Connecticut, Storrs, this class is accountable for receiving on-the-job training in the operations and maintenance of the Class IV, Water Pollution Control Facility.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Receives on-the-job training to perform tasks as outlined in the specifications for the class of Water Pollution Control Operator 1; assists in the operation, monitoring and maintaining of wastewater treatment equipment for the processing and disposal of sewage and sludge, assists in operating, monitoring and maintaining of equipment for the reclamation of water for non-potable purposes; assists in the chemical and biochemical analysis of wastewater; reads and records meters and gauges interpreting information according to operating characteristics; prepares operational records and reports; adheres to safety and cleanliness standards; may perform general maintenance and grounds duties related to the upkeep of the plant; performs related duties as required.

At UConn, the Water Pollution Control Operator Trainee will receive training in all aspects of the operations and maintenance of the Class IV Water Pollution Control Facility.  Although these positions have established schedules of 1st Shift Sunday – Thursday and 1st Shift Tuesday - Saturday, some training may be required on other days of the week, other shifts, and on overtime.  Trainees will work alongside of Water Pollution Control Operators and Technicians to receive educational opportunities and hands on training in tasks defined in the job classification of a Water Pollution Control Operator Trainee.   The Water Pollution Control Operator Trainee will gain knowledge, experience and the ability to perform operational and maintenance tasks independently at the Class IV Water Pollution Control Facility. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of basic wastewater treatment facility operations; knowledge of repair and maintenance on pumps, tanks and other equipment used in wastewater and water reclamation treatment; knowledge of sampling procedures used in laboratory analyses of wastewater and reclaimed water; oral and written communication skills; ability to perform required chemical tests; ability to keep operational records, ability to utilize computer software; mechanical ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Graduation from high school or certification of having passed the General Educational Development (GED) certification examination and any experience and training which will provide the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced computer skills relating to any experience with HMI's, and SCADA systems.
  • Experience with the following programs is also preferred:  MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, Hach Wims or similar program, Job Cal or similar program, GEIFIXX or similar program.
  • Education and/or hands-on training that is related to environmental, chemistry, and/or mechanical fields.
  • Good technical writing abilities.
  • Strong mathematical skills.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents must complete the first year of service in this classification with satisfactory performance and 12 (twelve) months of actual work experience in the operation of the Class IV wastewater treatment facility at the University of Connecticut.
2. Incumbents in this class must demonstrate satisfactory evidence of at least one (1) year of experience as a Water Pollution Control Operator Trainee at the University of Connecticut's Class IV wastewater treatment facility and submit such evidence to the Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for the review and issuance of a Wastewater Treatment Facility Class I Operator certificate.
3. Incumbents in this class must obtain the State of Connecticut, Wastewater Treatment Facility Class I Operator Certificate no later than 24 months from the date of appointment to the Water Pollution Control Operator Trainee class.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain specific education and/or experience to meet various certification requirements.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness to be able to perform the duties.
2. A physical examination may be required.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to extreme weather conditions; to highly disagreeable effects of waste; to loud and potentially dangerous machinery; to working with chemicals; lifting of moderately heavy weights and working in uncomfortable positions.

Conclusion

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp

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