An employee in this class performs technical work in the operation and monitoring of designated waste to energy plant equipment to maintain safe, efficient and continuous plant operations. Under general supervision and guidance, the employee performs duties and assigned tasks in conformance with established procedures requiring the exercise of some initiative and independent judgment. Employee maintains regular contact with both inside and outside sources to supply or obtain factual information. Duties will typically require climbing ladders, stairs and catwalks, operating fire extinguishing equipment, exposure to large machinery and confined space entry. Shift work will be required including nights, weekends, and holidays. Tasks require the ability to work in a team environment. Work is reviewed by observation and results attained.
Knowledge of: operation, maintenance and control of steam generating power plants; basic safety practices; basic mechanical practices; math skills sufficient to complete required job functions.
Ability to: perform such routine tasks as opening vessel and equipment access doors, placing and removing furnace access equipment, placing overhead protection and staging, operating power tools, and performing minor mechanical repairs to plant equipment or structures; anticipate and identify potential and recurring problems, and to take corrective actions; troubleshoot equipment and assist in diagnosing problem areas; establish and maintain productive working relationships with internal and external contacts; perform tasks such as replace shear pins, valve repacking and equipment inspections.
Skill in: operation of power plant auxiliary equipment, such as air compressors and dryers, hydraulic power units, forced draft fans, pumps, spray dryer and absorbers, and lime slakers.
Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent with one (1) year of experience as an Assistant Utility Operator or equivalent position in the operation of a solid waste combustion facility or in occupations concerned with the design, start-up, operation, or maintenance of engines, boilers, turbines, and air compressors which supply power or steam to an industrial, maritime, or commercial process or facility.
Current employees with one (1) year of experience as WTE Utility Operator I or WTE Crane Operator who have completed the internal training program for their position may apply for consideration.
Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.
Must successfully complete the Utility Operator training program within six (6) months.
During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.