Water Production Operator

April 30, 2023
Olathe, KS
Job Type


Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

Pay Range: $19.65 to $29.85 per hour depending on qualifications

The City of Olathe is seeking a Water Production Operator to join our award-winning Water Production facility. This is a key position that works with a trained team, and independently at times, to perform a variety of skilled computer, laboratory and field work, and ensures the proper operation of pumps, valves, motors and other equipment for regulatory compliance. A Water Production Operator must also work in all types of weather conditions and follow safety requirements.

If you are looking to start or further your career in this field, the City of Olathe is a great place to work!

Work Schedule:

4th shift

Friday and Saturday 6:00am - 7:30pm

Sunday 6:00am - 7:00pm

(includes a $1.25 per hour shift differential)

Worksite Location: 27065 W. 83rd Street, Lenexa, KS

Career Advancement

We are committed to not only attracting and hiring new employees, but are also committed to motivating and retaining current employees. We have a number of job families that include a career development path, which provides employees the potential to advance career growth and development.

All opportunities for recruitment and selection are based on qualified knowledge, skill and abilities. Working for the City of Olathe is more than a job. You will be trained, supported, and valued. You'll make a difference in the community, work alongside experienced people, receive leadership support, and work in a stable and positive environment.

The City of Olathe strives to be an inclusive employer. We set the standard for Public Service! Our employees are dedicated to the City's core values of Leadership through Service, Teamwork, Customer Service, Learning and Communication.

For more details, review the full job details and requirements below.

The Work:

  • Inspect, monitor, and document plant and remote facility operations by reading and interpreting information provided by the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, meters, gauges, and other field instrumentation; perform general plant facility maintenance including cleaning and repairing plant facilities; perform visual checks of pumps, valves, motors and other equipment; collaborates with operation and maintenance team to troubleshoot plant process and equipment.
  • Collect samples and perform a variety of process and regulatory water quality tests as part of a certified field laboratory; complete associated documentation for sample collection and analysis; work closely with the City's Environmental Laboratory on testing requirements and techniques.
  • Maintain accurate plant operation logs and reports; perform and document mathematical calculations; utilize a variety of software applications such as Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word), Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database, Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS), and the SCADA system. Must be able to communicate effectively and follow written and oral instructions; train, mentor, and develop newer staff.
  • Operate assigned vehicles and equipment such as fork-lifts and pallet jacks for chemical receiving; assist with snow removal as required.
  • Adhere to safe work practices and procedures; review chemical safety data sheets; demonstrate proper use of safety equipment, including a cartridge respirator, confined space entry and fall protection equipment; participate in required safety training.
  • Work weekends, holidays, evenings and nights as required; perform on-call duties and overtime as required.

Experience and Education Guidelines Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is acceptable. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:

Process Operator I: At least one year of experience performing water treatment plant operation and maintenance duties preferred. Possession of a Class I certification within the State of Kansas required within 24 months of employment.

Process Operator II: At least two years of experience performing water treatment plant operation and maintenance duties preferred. Possession of a Class II certification within the State of Kansas required.

Control Operator: At least two years of experience performing water treatment plant operation and maintenance duties. Possession of a Class IV certification within the State of Kansas required.

Education : High school diploma/GED required for all levels. Specialized education in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science, mechanics, hydraulics, computer technology, laboratory, or applied science is desirable. Associates degree preferred for a Control Operator.

Licenses and Certificates : Valid Driver's License.

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