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City of Lowell - Water Utility Operator I in Lowell, Massachusetts

SALARY: \$21.7611 (min) to \$25.8476 (max) per hour w/o licenses \$22.7611 (min) to \$26.8476 (max) per hour with Hoisting Or Grade 2 Operator license \$23.7611 (min) to \$27.8476 (max) per hour with Hoisting and Grade 2 Operator licenses HOURS: Various shifts; operates on 24 hour basis. 40 hours per week ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Under direct supervision; operates, maintains and repairs sewage treatment machinery and equipment.
  • Makes routine laboratory tests and sewage at various stages of treatment in accordance with standardized procedures and adds treatment materials as required.
  • Takes and records readings of instruments, makes adjustments in equipment as indicated, and maintains operations log.
  • Checks machinery and equipment for malfunctions; repairs and overhauls machinery and equipment.
  • Responsible for maintaining the treatment plant in a clean and orderly condition.
  • May supervise personnel at a lower grade.
  • Monitors control panels and adjusts valves and gates manually or by remote control in order to regulate the flow of sewerage; observes variations in operative conditions;
  • Performs related duties as required


  • Minimum of 1-2 years experience working in related field. Knowledge of the principles and practices of wastewater treatment, knowledge of the methods and techniques used in the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plant equipment;
  • Knowledge of the various types of wastewater treatment plant facilities;
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques used in order to properly handle variations in wastewater quantity and quality, conditions of receiving waters and industrial waste;
  • Knowledge of the safety practices which should be observed in the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities;
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques used in the sludge treatment process;
  • Knowledge of the mathematical calculations used in wastewater treatment facilities;
  • Knowledge of the sampling and laboratory test procedures;
  • Ability to interpret logs, gauges and test results relative to treatment plant operation;
  • Ability to read, interpret, understand and apply federal and state rules, regulations and law relative to the operation of wastewater treatment plants.


  • Driver\'s license required, with a safe driving history
  • Hoisting and/or Grade 2 Operator license preferrable

PHYSICAL DEMANDS While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.