Water Treatment Operator

  • Type: Contract
  • Job #794

Operational Technical Services (OTS) is one of the fastest growing private water and wastewater utility staffing providers in the country. We provide certified water treatment, distribution, wastewater treatment, collections, engineering, laboratory, water quality, maintenance, and training professionals to municipalities, special districts, and private utilities throughout the country. OTS offers temporary, temp to hire, direct hire and emergency on-call opportunities including great benefits.

POSITION: Water Treatment Operator   

SCHEDULE: 12 hours on, 12 hours off

SALARY: $35.00 to $40.00 an hour

Operates, maintains, and monitors water or wastewater treatment facilities, systems, equipment, and sludge processing equipment to comply with state and federal permits.


  • Conducts field runs to facilities to calculate and record daily usage.
  • Compares readings on equipment and process with established operational ranges to evaluate system performance.  Initiates system changes within established guidelines to effect process control.
  • Performs preventive maintenance inspection, such as checking equipment, taking samples, adjusting operating parameters and visually inspecting treatment processes.
  • Maintains operations records and logs.
  • Coordinates the delivery of support materials, information and personnel from other departments and agencies.  Assists in providing tours. 
  • Communicates and coordinates work with other technicians and support personnel by radio, telephone and telemetry equipment. 
  • Provides managers/supervisors with the status report and relays information to other affected departments/agencies. 
  • May perform duties of Operations Technician 1.

Additional responsibilities performed by Level II (has valid TCEQ Class B License)

  • Oversees the operations of multiple water or wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Monitors and maintains equipment and the conveyance system, and reports malfunctions to expediate repairs.  Clears blockages in lines, cleans clarifiers and pumps, and monitors mechanical and chemical processes in more than one location.
  • Inspects and tests working conditions on all equipment.  Compares readings on equipment and processes with established operational ranges to evaluate system performance.  Initiates system changes within established guidelines to effect process control. 
  • Provides on-the-job training to Water Operations Technician I.
  • Frequently performs simple chemical analysis to ensure properly chemical balances. 
  • Conducts aeration, re-aeration, raw and digester samplings. 
  • May be assigned to a control center or plant control room as a “lead person” for monitoring of multiple systems. 


  • Requires a high school diploma or a GED certificate.


  • Two years of plant operations experience is required.


  • Requires a valid Texas Driver’s License and compliance with the City of Houston’s policy on driving. 
  • Requires a Valid Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Class “C” Water or Wastewater Operator’s certificate Level II requires a valid TCEQ Class “B” Water or Wastewater Operator’s certificate.  Certificates must be appropriate to position location, such as surface water, groundwater, distribution, or wastewater treatment. 


  • Work consists of standard procedures and tasks where analysis ability is required in following guidelines, policies, and procedures.


  • Errors in work could lead to moderate expenses and inconveniences. Work is typically performed under moderate supervision and within standard operating procedures. The incumbent occasionally functions autonomously, with the supervisor available to answer questions as they arise. 

Direct Supervision:

  • Involves general scheduling and review of work as a “work supervisor” or lead person.

Operational Technical Services, (OTS), is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colors, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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