City of Tampa

AWT Operations Specialist (#316100) 038

$40.56-$57.82 Hourly / $7,030.40-$10,022.13 Monthly / $84,364.80-$120,265.60 Yearly


This is highly responsible work in the design and operation of the Howard F.Curren advanced wastewater treatment (AWT) plant.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for providing expertise in the design and operation of advanced wastewater facilities in compliance with all state and federal regulatory agencies. Assignments are of more than average difficulty involving the review of operations, recommending and implementing changes in plant processes. Work requires the exercise of considerable initiative and independent judgment in performance of technical assignments, including training, coaching and providing feedback to lower level or less experienced operators. Employees are expected to be available in case of plant process emergencies. Under general supervision, employee receives instructions orally and in writing with work reviewed while in progress and upon completion through observation of work performed, oral and written reports, and result obtained.

Examples of Duties

Reviews and assists with the development of designs, specifications, and products; recommends and implements changes in plant processes; performs operability reviews of process, technology and operations; develops new control strategies and assists engineers and vendors with developing new technologies; attends all pre-bid, pre-construction and design meetings for plant expansions and rehab projects; provides vital input in design and revision phases.

Monitors, reviews and validates work processes for quality control assurance; works with outside vendors on chemicals and process equipment; writes operational Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); monitors productivity and plant operational processes; trains, evaluates and assesses the work of AWT technicians.

Assists teams with prioritizing emergency and planned maintenance based on plant needs; coordinates plant isolations, shutdowns and start-ups for maintenance needs.

Trouble-shoots complex problems and performs highly skilled operational tasks; gathers and interprets historical data from Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), and other sources; performs, analyzes, compiles, retrieves and compares laboratory and field test results; identifies recurring and complex problems and recommends and implements solutions; recognizes and identifies trends in operational processes; troubleshoots and corrects operational and process control problems; performs failure and root cause analysis; monitors chemical usage; reviews and analyzes chemical usage trends on SCADA; coordinates chemical receipt and disbursement with warehouse and railroad personnel.

Leads in the input on annual operating budget forecasts, chemical contracts, chemical trials, and ordering of chemicals; provides teams with operational and capital improvement budget needs on an annual basis.

Maintains and reviews technical reports, records and library; retrieves and updates records; conducts research utilizing a wide variety of sources; reads prints, schematics and one line diagrams; recommends corrective action; uses AutoCAD; writes reports to leadership using Access, Excel, Word, and Crystal Reports.

Prepares and certifies state and local regulatory reports; provides written explanation to regulatory agencies for permit non-compliance issues after appropriate investigation and troubleshooting; implements measures to prevent re-occurrences.

Performs related work as required.  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Basic knowledge of: time management.

Intermediate knowledge of: available technology; job related safety practices, including electrical safety; general contract provisions; CMMS.

Advanced knowledge of: SCADA; equipment interface; wastewater processes; plant operations; AWT standard operation procedures; utility interfaces; principles of operation and flow paths; oxygen generation systems; plant processes; new technologies and products.

Intermediate ability to: perform failure and root cause analysis; conduct research utilizing a wide variety of resources.

Advanced ability to: train, evaluate and assess the performance of AWT technicians; perform, analyze, compile, retrieve and compare laboratory and field test results; gather and interpret historical data from SCADA, CMMS, and other sources; troubleshoot and correct operational and process control problems; recognize and identify trends in operational processes; review and analyze chemical usage trends on SCADA; locate and identify HFC AWT underground piping; utilize written and verbal communication in an effective manner.

Intermediate skill in: use of computers (Access, Excel, Word, Crystal Reports); interpersonal relations, including coordination with warehouse and railroad personnel.

Advanced skill in: communications; SOP technical writing; reading prints and drawings including one line diagrams.

Desirable: construction knowledge; knowledge of AutoCAD.

Accountabilities: monthly report to Leadership that would include information on SOPs and work practices reviewed, written or modified; completes all troubleshooting, high skilled tasks requested by team leaders and provides solutions; provides solutions to problems that work and are agreed upon with related parties.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school or GED with ten (10) years of progressively responsible utility or industrial experience, preferably with five (5) years in operational experience at HFC AWT; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.

Possession of a class "A" State of Florida wastewater operations license.


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: 316100; EST: 8/13/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;