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Operator 2

Posted: 06/19/2022

The City of Rochester welcomes applications for:

Operator 2 
(Relief Operator) 
Water Reclamation Plant
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Operator 2's or Relief Operators spend approximately 2/3 of their time working in a standard day schedule and the remaining 1/3 working in a relief role for the Operator 1. Relief hours earn a higher level of pay and will include some nights, weekends, and holidays.
The City of Rochester is committed to a community where all members feel a sense of belonging. We commit to recognizing the diversity of our community members, listening to ALL voices and providing equitable services to create an inclusive place to live, play and work.

We believe EQUITY should be at the center of all our work. We strive to represent our community in our teammates, as we know that diverse and inclusive teams are more innovative, and have an empowering impact on the work, progress and culture of our community.

It takes us all working together

The Water Reclamation Plant (WRP), as a division of the Public Works Department within the City of Rochester, Minnesota (population 116,000), is nationally recognized for its energy management initiatives. WRP is a continuously operated facility that runs a High Purity Oxygen Plant, rated at 19.1 million gallons per day, and an Aeration Basin Complex Plant, rated at 4.5 million gallons per day, parallel on the same site. The plant treats approximately 14 million gallons of wastewater per day, annually recovers over $600,000 in energy costs, and recycles over $650,000.00 worth of Biosolids per year.

This position will be open until filled.
Nature of Work
The Operator 2 is a skilled position assisting in the operation and maintenance of the Water Reclamation Plant, a municipal wastewater treatment facility. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, monitoring and controlling plant processes; inspecting, maintaining, and repairing plant mechanical and control equipment; cleaning plant equipment and process areas as necessary; assisting in the maintenance of plant buildings and grounds; and working in an Operator 1 capacity as assigned.

2022 starting hourly wage is $26.05 with advancement to $33.80 with successful performance.



*Monitor and control plant processes 

  • Monitor process control computer data to stay current with the status of all plant processes. Make adjustments to control set points as necessary to keep control parameters within normal operating ranges.
  • Conduct routine inspections of plant operations and the buildings and grounds. Read gauges and other monitoring equipment and make adjustments to the process control parameters as required.
  • Work in the capacity of an Operator 1 on a rotating and as needed basis.
  • Start and stop plant equipment in the event of power outages or severe equipment failures. Make adjustments as necessary to the plant processes to minimize the upset to the process due to equipment failures.
  • Provide operational assistance as needed or assigned.
*Maintain equipment 
  • Perform preventative maintenance on equipment in accordance with a predefined maintenance schedule.
  • Inspect equipment by reading temperature, pressure, flow, and other meters and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Report equipment malfunctions. Assist in troubleshooting and in repair of equipment as necessary.
  • Assist in maintenance and calibration of plant equipment.
*Maintain a clean and orderly workplace 
  • Clean process areas and equipment as necessary in order to maintain a safe and clean working environment.
  • Assist in the maintenance of the plant buildings and grounds.
  • Report areas needing maintenance or cleaning.
  • Assist in the training of new operators and other plant staff as assigned.
  • Assist in the application of biosolids as necessary.
Perform other duties as assigned or necessary 




Education and Experience
Completion of a diploma program in water environment technologies or related field from an accredited technical college training program and one year operational experience at a Class A wastewater treatment facility
High School diploma or equivalent and three years of operational experience at a Class A wastewater treatment facility

An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job may also be considered.

Licenses and Certifications
Applicants must possess noted licensures/certifications at the time of hire and if hired, must continuously maintain licensures/certifications as a condition of continued employment. 

Valid driver's license

Certification as a Class D Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator; must obtain a Class C Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator within one year of hire

Special Boiler Operator's license upon hire; must obtain a 2nd Class C low-pressure Boiler Operator's license within one year of hire

Desirable Qualifications
Working knowledge of Windows based computer software

Class B Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator certification

Valid Class A driver's license

Special Requirements
This position will be assigned rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays as needed.


Employees in this position are required to use respiratory equipment and the City of Rochester will conform to all State and Federal requirements in administering this program.

Knowledge of: equipment, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in maintenance activities; the functions and servicing requirements of mechanical equipment and machinery; computer operations; basic wastewater processes including physical, chemical, and biological components; the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the operation of wastewater treatment plant equipment and processes; and the type and significance of laboratory tests performed in wastewater treatment operations.

Skill in: effective communication techniques and exercising sound judgment under stressful conditions.

Ability to: to work quickly and efficiently under emergency conditions; use standard mechanical tools; read meters and gauges correctly; operate a variety of plant equipment; conduct standard wastewater laboratory tests; work with others in a cooperative manner; follow oral and written instructions; work as a team or alone; and prepare and maintain operating records.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following represents the physical and environmental demands for this position. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions with or without accommodation.

In consideration of the overall amount of physical effort required to perform this position, the work is best described as Medium/Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds infrequently, and/or up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Physical demands that may be required continuously (2/3 or more of the time), frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time), and occasionally (up to 1/3 of the time) are noted below:

Continuous demands: standing and walking.

Frequent demands: lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, handling, fine dexterity, crouching, bending, twisting, balancing, simultaneous use of wrists and hands, and foot controls.

Occasional demands: carrying, sitting, climbing and crawling.

Sensory requirements necessary in the performance of the essential functions of this job include: sight, hearing, touch, and smell.

Environmental conditionsthat may exist in the performance of the essential functions of this job include:

  • Extreme cold (below 32 degrees)
  • Extreme heat (above 100 degrees)
  • Noise (need to shout in order to be heard)
  • Vibration (exposure to oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body)
  • Exposure to dust/gas/fumes/steam/chemicals
  • Work outdoors (no effective protection from the weather)
  • Walk on uneven ground (gravel, rocks, mounds, construction sites)
  • Work at heights (such as on scaffolding or ladders)
  • Working around moving machinery (fork-lifts, tractors, mowers)
  • Protective equipment required (respirator, mask, earplugs, gloves, eyewear, etc.)
  • Potential exposure to infectious diseases

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