Sewer Utility Lead Operator- 955

City of Columbia MO- HR   Columbia, MO   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
Posted on March 1, 2023
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Posting Number 2844P
Position Title Sewer Utility Lead Operator - 955
Department City Utilities
Job Code 02590
FLSA Status Non-Exempt
Union Code/Affiliation Local 955
Division SEWER
Job Description Summary
Perform lead work on an assigned shift, assuring the proper and effective operation of wastewater treatment facilities and satellite lift stations according to specifications of DNR permit and EPA parameters, and maintain all records and analysis of the operation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines.
Essential Job Functions
  • Ensure that proper safety standards and precautions are followed.
  • Lead and participate in the operation of wastewater treatment facilities, constructed wetlands, airport wastewater treatment facility, and satellite lift stations.
  • Lead and guide the work of assigned staff; prioritize and schedule workloads and ensure safety of staff and work areas. Provide regular training and guidance to less experienced and new Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators – 955 on all aspects of the job.
  • Ensure the operation of facility within design specifications and compliance with regulations by analyzing and evaluating data and situational information to make informed operational decisions and process changes.
  • Maintain proper records and equipment analysis for function and operation of the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Make periodic rounds of the treatment plant, constructed wetlands, and satellite pump stations to observe operating conditions, and interpret meter and gauge readings. Take water samples and test results, taking appropriate action as needed.
  • Collect samples, perform laboratory tests, and check tests results, take appropriate action as needed
  • Review and evaluate plant operations by recording data from meters, gauges, and control panels; process control changes logged in daily electronic log records.
  • Prepare work orders and maintenance repair orders; perform minor maintenance and preventative maintenance; and assist in other maintenance and repair activities.
  • Operate equipment to move materials, supplies, equipment, and collected debris; start and stop pumps, motors, blowers, engine generators, and centrifuges to control and adjust flow and treatment processes.
  • Handle sodium hypochlorite in a safe, effective manner; assure proper working order of sodium hypochlorite-related equipment.
  • Remove ice and snow from treatment plant grounds and equipment; set up sprinkler system; set up and maintain deodorizers; maintain work area and equipment in a clean and orderly condition.
Ancillary Job Functions
  • Prepare and maintain daily records and logs.
  • Take extra shifts and work overtime as required.
  • Perform proper cleanup and janitorial duties throughout the plant.
  • Attend meetings regarding events, operations, and communication.
  • Inspect work for proper completion.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience - An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum of three years progressively responsible experience in the operation or maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Possession of a valid Missouri “A” level wastewater operator’s certificate at time of hire is preferred. At a minimum, must possess a valid Missouri “D” level or greater wastewater operator’s certificate at time of hire with the ability to obtain a valid Missouri “A” level wastewater operator’s certificate within the first six months after hire.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and safe driving record.
  • Must maintain a telephone.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities which may be representative, but not all-inclusive of those commonly associated with this position
    • Considerable knowledge of standard practices, methods, tools, materials, and equipment of wastewater treatment activities, including safety standards and occupational hazards connected with wastewater treatment.
    • Ability to lead, guide, train, and evaluate the work of wastewater treatment plant operators on a shift.
    • Ability to handle and operate overhead cranes, hand tools, electric drills, air drills, hand wrenches, and other tools as needed, and test equipment associated with wastewater treatment
    • Ability to use hand shovels and blowers to remove snow or other material from sidewalks and streets.
    • Ability to read meters and gauges and to interpret findings, take water samples, and conduct routine laboratory tests.
    • Knowledge of personal computer operation sufficient to use word processing software, spreadsheets, and operate the plant SCADA system.
    • Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions.
    • Ability to work cooperatively with others.
    • Ability to use equipment necessary to perform work while maintaining manufacturer’s safety guidelines and recommendations.
    • Ability to diagnose mechanical problems.
    • Effective written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, vendors, and the general public.


Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job
    • May be required to work in confined spaces, hazardous traffic conditions, or high/dangerous places.
    • May be exposed to wet/humid conditions, inclement outdoor weather, vibration, extreme temperatures, oils, airborne particles/fumes, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, potentially hazardous bodily fluids, potentially hazardous or cancer-causing agents/chemicals, or loud noise levels.
    • May be required to wear a respirator in certain situations.


Physical Abilities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions
    • Must be able to feel attributes of objects, grasp, push, stand, walk across rough/uneven terrain, drive, reach with hands/arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb/balance, and operate mechanical equipment.
    • Lift/drag/maneuver fire hose (50 to 200 feet long) and handle same under 60 PSI of pressure; operate/turn small (4-inch) to large (72-inch) valves.
    • Must be able to have repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement.
    • Must have clarity of vision, three-dimensional vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors.
    • Must be able to lift 100 or more pounds.
    • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.


Assigned to work either the day shift or the night shift. HOURS: day (7 am to 7 pm), night (7 pm to 7 am) 12 hours per day working Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday one week and Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday the following week.

NOTE: Employees that work between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. are eligible for $0.75 per hour shift differential.
Supervision Exercised
Starting Salary $20.64 per hour minimum to $26.35 midpoint commensurate with experience; promotional employees eligible for 10% increase or minimum, whichever is greater
Pay Grade A11
Number of Positions Available 1
Deadline to Apply  
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Possession of a current Missouri “A” Level Wastewater Operator’s Certificate is required. (If not, must attain within twelve months of the effective hire date. Failure to obtain the certification may result in termination.)

This posting is open until it’s filled but we would prefer applications by December 15 2022
Notice to Applicants
Individuals needing accommodation to apply may call 573.874.7235




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