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Operator In Training

City of Burlington

City of Burlington

Burlington, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2023

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator-in-Training (OIT) will learn in 12 months a variety of duties essential to the operation of a city Wastewater Treatment Facility which includes: inspect, operate, monitor and maintain a variety of equipment and systems involved in various processes of the wastewater treatment plant facility, collection system and pump stations; monitor plant operation through visual observations and computer screens; regulate flows; perform chemical analyses and tests; and perform a variety of related duties to ensure the facility’s final effluent is of the best quality in order to protect the community and all downstream receiving waters and all users.

APPLICATION PROCESS: To apply for the position you are required to submit the following: letter of interest, resume, and completed City of Burlington application for employment. City of Burlington application for employment forms can be found on the City’s website at, or by request at City Hall, located at 833 S. Spruce Street, Burlington, WA 98233. Complete application packets must be submitted in a sealed envelope via mail, in-person to Burlington City Hall, ATTN: Amber Robinson or emailed to, by no later than 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, May 12, 2023.


SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to qualify for the position and/or demonstrate within the first six months in order to successfully perform the assigned duties. Knowledge of: • Materials, tools, equipment, and methods used in the general construction, operation, maintenance. • Mathematical calculations including algebraic calculations. • Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions. • Principles and procedures used in the proper handling of chemicals. • Basic mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic principles. • Principles and practices of customer service. • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications. • Principles and practices of record keeping. • Basic principles of training. Ability to: • Read and interpret gauges, meters, human machine interfaces and other indicator or instrument readings. • Read and interpret civil plans, and operation and maintenance manuals. • Perform mechanical repairs. • Compile and record data and information. • Maintain accurate and detailed logs and records of work. • Respond to emergency situations outside of normal working hours. • Work well with others in a team environment. • Complete work within an assigned time frame. • Perform math calculations related to wastewater treatment. • Operate assigned equipment and tools in a safe and effective manner. • Demonstrate problem solving and decision making skills. • Display attention to detail. • Perform manual labor. • Follow detailed oral and written instructions. • Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the diversity of the community. • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Education/Training: • High School Diploma or GED• Two (2) years of post-secondary education including technical training college or a bachelor of science in water/wastewater/process technology, chemistry, biology, engineering, environmental science, or related field. Experience:• Relevant work experience as it pertains to wastewater treatment.• One year of experience in the repair, and maintenance of machinery, pumps, mechanical equipment, or construction trades. • Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide the candidate with the necessary qualifications will be considered. License or Certificate: • Obtain an OIT Certificate issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology. Per WAC 179-230-061 within 12 months.• Valid Washington State Driver's license.• Obtain a Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with Air Brake Endorsement and Tanker Endorsement or ability to obtain within six months. • Valid First Aid and CPR cards or ability to obtain within six months• Valid Washington State Traffic Control FLAGGER license or ability to obtain within six months.• Confined Space Certificate or ability to obtain within six months.

Miscellaneous Information

Benefits Include: Accrued vacation, sick leave; 11 paid holidays plus two personal holidays, medical, dental, and vision insurance, PERS retirement.