Water Plant Operator

City of Moline   Moline, IL   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on January 25, 2023
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Water Plant Operator

Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Working Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.

 Salary: $25.4698 Hourly / $52,977.18 Annually

(Shift Differential for 2nd and 3rd Shifts)


Characteristics of the Job

Under general supervision, responsible for the operation and routine adjustment of equipment and facilities of both the pumping and purification sections of the water plant.  Work is assigned either orally or in writing and is performed independently.  Supervision is carried out by observation of effectiveness of plant operation through an analysis of shift reports and chemical laboratory tests. 

Examples of Duties

Regulate the proper supply and dosage rates of necessary chemicals.

Operate and wash filters.

Collect samples of water and conduct chemical tests; record results and make any necessary changes in chemical feedings to meet set standards.

Observe flow dials and recording devices and determine need to start or stop pumps, switch from standard to emergency pumping operations to maintain an adequate water supply.

Check pumping and purification equipment operations and perform necessary lubrication, minor running repairs and preventive maintenance throughout the plant.

Maintain a daily log of plant operations and record or input daily operating data.

Call or pose mechanical defects to the plant manger’s attention.

Other duties may be assigned.

Required Training and Experience

High school diploma or GED equivalent, supplemented by courses in chemistry or related subjects; considerable experience in water plant operation and maintenance; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the functions and servicing requirements of mechanical equipment and machinery; the processes involved in the purification of water including some knowledge of chemistry and hydraulics; and occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work.

Skill in the analysis of treatment or pumping problems and formation and implementation of remedies; documenting work activities in computerized maintenance management systems; and operating a personal computer with database, SCADA spreadsheet applications.

Ability to inspect machinery and mechanical equipment in operation and to detect flaws and defects; read meters and charts accurately and determine difference in color in tests performed; maintain simple manual or computerized record of shift operation; use independent judgment and take alternative steps in the event of equipment failure; understand and carry out oral and written instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, supervisor and the general public; and comply with all local, state and federal safety regulations.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Valid Illinois driver’s license or equivalent upon hire.
  • Illinois Class C Water Supply Operator's certificate or Class C operator in training designation preferred.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here 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 the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, employee is regularly required to talk or hear; frequently required to walk, stand, sit, use hands and fingers to handle, feel and make fine adjustments, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl.  The employee will frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and rarely lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  The employee is occasionally exposed to the risk of electrical shock, dangerous chemicals and hazardous atmospheres.  Work is performed under varied weather conditions in some extremely disagreeable conditions.


AFSCME employees shall live within a 20-mile radius from the City’s Emergency Center, located at 1630 8th Avenue in Moline, within 180 days of hire.



City of Moline

619 16th St.
Moline , IL