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Utilities Plant Operator (#UPLTOPABUJ) ABUJ
$14.18-$39.12 Hourly / $2,457.87-$6,780.80 Monthly / $29,494.40-$81,369.60 Yearly


Performs certified and skilled work or directs and oversees the performance of certified and skilled work in the operation of Advanced Water Reclamation, Potable Water supply, distribution systems, and solids management to provide high quality treatment of water and wastewater in compliance with Florida Administrative Codes and local rules and regulations.


Qualification for Utility Plant Operator (All Levels)
Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Possession of a valid Driver's License.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.

Qualification for Utility Plant Operator (C Level) –
Possession of a valid State of Florida Water or Wastewater Plant Operator "C" Certificate of License.

Qualifications for Utility Plant Operator (B Level) –
Possession of a valid State of Florida Water or Wastewater Plant Operator "B" Certificate of License.

Qualifications for Utility Plant Operator (A Level) –
Possession of a valid State of Florida Water or Wastewater Plant Operator "A" Certificate of License.

Qualifications for Utility Plant Operator (Shift Leader) –
Three years leading/directing small groups, overseeing special projects, and troubleshooting experience in the Water / Wastewater industry as a State of Florida Water/Wastewater Plant Operator “A”; and
Possession of a valid State of Florida Water or Wastewater Plant Operator "A" Certificate of License.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Knowledge of operating principles and practices applicable to advanced treatment facilities and distribution systems.
  • Knowledge of written, oral, computer communication, and analytical skills are required.
  • Knowledge of department procedure and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of chemistry and biology related to the operation of water/wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Knowledge of all regulations governing water/wastewater treatment and operator responsibility.
  • Ability to perform assigned duties with considerable independence.
  • Ability to physically perform the work of the trade with reasonable accommodations to including the ability to lift up to fifty (50) pounds and climb up to thirty-five (35) feet.
  • Ability to work outside in all types of weather ensuring a safe environment for yourself and others.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate, detailed operations, and maintenance records and reports.
  • Ability to understand and interpret, utilize, and adjust automation/instrumentation devices and systems to meet facility operational requirements.
  • Ability to safely work with various chemicals, perform other operations and maintenance procedures and work in confined spaces while wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
  • Ability and willingness to respond to emergency situations such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural and/or unnatural crises to provide for public health and safety.
  • Ability and willingness to work overtime, rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.  

  • Responds to emergency situations such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural and/or unnatural crisis to provide for public health and safety.
  • Prepares and maintains accurate, detailed operations reports and maintenance records.
  • Collects, organizes and evaluates water/wastewater operational data, and develop logical conclusions for operational adjustments.
  • Oversees and/or performs inspections of facility equipment and machinery to determine that all systems are operating properly.
  • Oversees and/or performs routine and non-routine adjustments to controls in conformance with operating instructions, Florida Administrative Code, and prescribed standards.
  • Notifies manager and/or other appropriate staff of needs for non-routine adjustments and/or malfunctioning of equipment.
  • Performs and assists with plant maintenance work as required.
  • Operates, calibrates, and maintains all department equipment, vehicles, and test equipment to ensure safe and efficient operations.
  • Maintains current knowledge of Florida Administrative Code and regulatory requirements.
  • Researches and responds to information requests in conformance with department procedures.
  • Performs laboratory analysis on collected samples, interprets test results, and makes routine process changes following established guidelines.
  • May function as a lead worker when working with new operators or trainees.
  • Implements OSHA lock-out/tag-out procedures to safely isolate equipment and remove it from service.
  • Responds to customer inquiries and complaints to include determination of water quality issues and resolution, provides requested information within established guidelines and capabilities or redirects call to appropriate person to ensure good customer relations.
  • Accepts documentation from chemical delivery drivers, signs to verify amounts of delivered for payment, and submits the tickets to the facility supervisor or office assistant for payment.
  • Uses appropriate personal protective equipment and follows material safety data sheets recommendations for handling toxic, corrosive, and flammable materials.
  • May direct the work of other staff by scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, providing training and counseling to include assisting with the training of personnel in emergency response plans and safety programs in conformance with local, state, and federal regulations.
  • May establish and implement operating protocols for one or more water/wastewater treatment facilities which includes reclaimed water systems according to local, state, and federal regulations to ensure permit compliance.
  • Assists and advises operators at all levels in the resolution of difficult process problems. Works closely with environmental laboratory personnel to develop and implement sampling and testing procedures in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Coordinates with Reclaimed Water staff to ensure uninterrupted service to all reclaimed water customers.
  • Performs related work as directed.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.  


Incumbents working in this classification may require shift work which will include working nights, weekends, and holidays as well as working extended hours during times of emergency.

Shift Leader is considered as a promotional / recruitment opportunity not a progression within class.


Incumbents hired at the “trainee” skill level will serve a one year probationary period.


Employees in this class as a “trainee” are required to complete all educational requirements to acquire a valid State of Florida Water or Wastewater Plant Operator "C" Certificate of License within one year of position assignment and obtain the license within eighteen (18) months.


Upon completion of training, to include obtaining a valid State of Florida Water or Wastewater Plant Operator "C" Certificate of License, incumbents will be promoted to Plant Operator.  The training period may be extended by the Agency to which the position is assigned. 

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