City of Tampa

AWT Plant Technician III (#310300) 032

$32.02-$45.63 Hourly / $5,550.13-$7,909.20 Monthly / $66,601.60-$94,910.40 Yearly


This is skilled work at the Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) plant.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class performs skilled work of more than average difficulty in all areas of operations, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, co-generation, or buildings and grounds. Under minimal supervision, the employee performs duties and assigned tasks in conformance with established procedures requiring the exercise of reasonable initiative and independent judgment. Employees in this position are considered lead technicians with extensive skills in troubleshooting, job planning and training of junior technicians. Many work activities involve hazardous materials and equipment and confined spaces. Employees must comply with appropriate safety precautions when dealing with gas system, electrical system and other similar components and processes within the plant environment. Shift work will be required including nights, weekends, and holidays. Tasks require the ability to work in a team and goal oriented environment. Work is reviewed by observation, results and goals attained, and reports submitted.

Examples of Duties

Acts as a lead technician in planning jobs and overseeing work of junior technicians.

Builds control panels; collects and processes wastewater samples; inspects, maintains, and repairs buildings; installs and maintains communication systems; reads and understands electrical and blue prints; uses AutoCAD to update and create drawings and prints; monitors and records readings on all equipment in accordance with standard operating procedures.

Performs: electrical wiring; preventive maintenance on process control equipment; corrective and preventive maintenance on mechanical and electrical equipment; mechanical shaft alignments to include dial indicator and laser alignments.

Operates, adjusts and monitors wastewater treatment process equipment; uses hand tools, power tools, and specialized electrical testing and calibration equipment.

Performs wet chemistry tests such as titrations, extractions, etc.; calibrations on instruments, analyzers, etc.; operates/maintains analytical instrumentation (analyzers, spectrometers).

Operates and maintains heavy equipment, odor control systems and chemical feed systems; safely and properly unloads chemical deliveries from tanker trucks and rail cars; estimates material, labor, and equipment requirements; fabricates support structures and piping systems and provides support for new projects.

Writes standard operating procedures; demonstrates tasks to lower level employees for training purposes; maintains current knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) information and procedures.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of: basic safety practices; unit control panels; electrical switchgear, transformers and power distribution systems; the principles of wastewater treatment processes; emergency response procedures and proper communications procedures.

Ability to: establish and maintain productive working relationships with co-workers and the public; understand and follow written and oral instructions; lift 50 pounds; climb ladders; work in confined spaces; utilize basic safety practices (e.g. lockout/tagout, MSDS); apply intermediate computer skills; demonstrate electrical safety procedures; collect and analyze data and generate reports; demonstrate correct task performance to lower level employees; operate specialized equipment such as manlift and mansafe retrieval hoist; operate heavy equipment; identify proper mechanical lubrication requirements and applications; identify various types of electrical equipment; monitor and record readings on all equipment in accordance with standard operating procedures.

Skill in: use of hand tools; use of small power tools.

Minimum Qualifications

AWT employees – Must meet all criteria for Level III on the AWTP job skills matrix.

Others - Graduation from an accredited high school or GED with six (6) years of utility experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: External hires have 1 year beyond the standard probationary period to achieve the qualifying skills sets.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida class E driver’s license. Class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) preferred.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 310300; EST: 8/13/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;