Skip to Main Content

Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator #2201-151020-01

Date Opened
Thursday, June 23, 2022 9:30 AM
Close Date
Open Until Filled
Charlotte Water
  • Commensurate with experience
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


This position assists in the operation of an assigned wastewater treatment plant. 

This position will serve the McAlpine Creek location.


Work involves performing duties on an assigned shift at the plant; assisting with monitoring equipment and processes for proper operations; troubleshooting and resolving issues with plant equipment; conducting testing and analysis of samples; endeavoring to keep the wastewater plant operating at optimum levels; communicating any potential issues; and providing technical assistance to other employees.  This position walks around the plant checking equipment, follows safety rules and protocols, performs audits, and maintains records.

McAlpine Creek current shifts: Monday – Friday 7AM-3PM / 3PM-11PM / 11PM-7AM
Saturday – Sunday 7AM-7PM / 7PM-7AM

New hire training may occur on different shift than permanently assigned shift.
Join our EMD Division as a Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator and receive a SIGNING BONUS of $2,000*

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Observes/reports on facility conditions/operations.
Uses biological/chemical parameters to analyze overall wastewater treatment plant operations, reports anomalies. 
Performs process control activities by collecting, testing, and analyzing process control samples; inputting operational data into computer software; analyzing biological bacteria; conducting settle ability test; collecting composite samples; monitoring sludge blanket levels; calibrating and monitoring automatic samplers for permit compliance; and running additional tests as needed to ensure proper process control.
Monitors SCADA computer workstations for plant equipment and process conditions.
Maintains flows and loading by continuously monitoring dissolved oxygen; returns activated sludge rates, ammonia levels, suspended solids levels, alkalinity chemical levels, wasting rates, flows, digester temperatures and levels, chemical feed rates and tank levels, methane gas pressures and flows, and other process indicators.
Performs laboratory analysis on wastewater samples to recommend/implement operational changes
Maintains facility equipment and housekeeping in assigned area
Operates various types of pumping systems, clarifier equipment, aeration equipment, sand filters, and other plant equipment.
Inspects a wide range of various wastewater equipment for noise, vibration, and any abnormal operating characteristics; performs minor maintenance and preventive maintenance tasks; and completes rounds and records operational data. 
Briefs other operators at shift change; assists maintenance staff with shut down and startup of equipment.
Updates database information; collects data; and maintains records.
Manages bulk chemicals onsite; communicates with chemical vendors; and orders and accepts chemical deliveries.
Assists visitors and contractors.
Conducts internal audits and assists with external audits for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) compliance.
Attends preventative action team meetings.
Conducts plant tours.
Assists in training new employees.
Performs other related job duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of the science of wastewater treatment.
Skill in communicating, both verbally and in writing.
Skill in basic math.
Skill in using computers and job-related software.

The work is medium work and requires applying 30 pounds of force frequently and exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally to move objects. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required: balancing, climbing, crouching, feeling, manual dexterity, grasping, handling, perceiving sounds at normal speaking levels, distinguishing among sounds, hearing, kneeling, lifting, mental acuity, pulling, pushing, reaching, repetitive motion, speaking, standing, stooping, talking, expressing ideas by spoken word, shouting above noises, visual acuity in data/color/observations/equipment/inspections, and walking.

Work is performed in an environment with heavy equipment and machinery that could result in bodily harm to co-workers or others.  Requires working indoors/outdoors; during inclement weather; around chemicals, solvents, and dust in an industrial environment; and working weekends and holidays as assigned.

Preferred Qualification

Having one of the following certifications is preferred:
NC Grade I Wastewater Operator Certification  
NC Grade II Wastewater Operator Certification  
NC Grade III Wastewater Operator Certification  
NC Grade IV Wastewater Operator Certification

Desires NC Water Pollution Control System Operator Certification

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED from an accredited school.

One to four years of related work experience in a wastewater treatment plant environment.


Compensation commensurate with level of Certification
NC Grade I   Wastewater Operator Certification – $ 40,594
NC Grade II  Wastewater Operator Certification – $46,993
NC Grade III Wastewater Operator Certification – $51,811
NC Grade IV  Wastewater Operator Certification – $57,122

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

As of October 1, 2021:

The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees.

The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.

How To Apply

Apply online.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to


The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits.

The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

In Conclusion

If you have technical issues submitting your application, click here.