CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
WATER TRANSPORT SYSTEM OPERATOR
This is water distribution work monitoring and operating the water supply and transmission system from an electronic load control console on an assigned shift. Work includes interpreting and analyzing data provided by the system and performing the necessary operations to maintain water supply and pressure to the system in light of various outages, water supply quality constraints and unpredictable weather conditions. Identifying abnormalities and operating the water system especially during water supply emergencies are significant aspects of the work. The employee has a controlling responsibility for the operation of the water supply system. Work is performed under the supervision of a technical supervisor.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Controls pressures, storage elevations and flow rates by electronically operating a large number of pumps and valves at various pumping stations; directs Pumping Station Engineer to perform manual operations in the event the electronic control system is inoperative; directs Emergency Support Services crews to operate valves necessary to maintain water supply.
- Operates a computerized visual and audio display panel consisting of various data points and load control panels. Responds to alarms that have been computer activated as a result of atypical variations in water pressure, elevations and flows within the load control system;
determines if alarm is due to electronic outage or water system condition by analyzing data;
initiates corrective action to restore water system to a safe condition; notifies supervisor and/or
higher level superior of water system status; reviews hydraulic data for accuracy and
correctness; reports incorrect data to repair units.
- Replaces fuses and makes other minor repairs to central control equipment; reports major defects to an electronic or instrumentation technician for repair.
- Reviews log book to ascertain actions taken on previous shift; notes in log all actions taken on current shift.
- Utilizes a computer system to display data, generate daily reports of water consumption, and run various other applications programs.
- Informs repair units of service needed; communicates unusual readings to operational personnel via telephone for in-plant action.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the operation of water pumping, filtration and distribution systems.
- learn the fundamentals of the load control system.
- learn the manipulation of controls required to operate the display and load control panels.
- discern and relate patterns of usage from instruments readings, to evaluate the data, and to take the appropriate action.
- keep log of operations.
- prepare operational reports.
- understand and follow oral and written instructions.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 10/86.)
- Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.
- Four years of experience in one of the major phases of a water system, two years of which has been at the full performance level in maintenance or as a lead worker in operations.
Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Personnel Department.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
PAY RANGE: 19
Class Established: 10/1959
Latest Spec. Revision: 10/1986
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 7E61