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Wastewater Collections Operator Apprentice



Location: Pittsburg, KS

Works assisting the wastewater collection operator 1 or 2. Performs manual labor tasks in the construction, maintenance, and repair of wastewater systems assets; learns operation of a variety of light and moderate heavy power-driven equipment; and ensuring the public health and safety by preventing and/or responding to sewage overflows and blockages. The apprentice assists in the cleaning, inspection, maintenance, construction and repair of the wastewater collection systems including sanitary sewers, storm systems (as requested), assisting in pump station’s needs, pipes, manholes, and catch basins. Works to identify and reduces sources of inflow and infiltration into the wastewater collection system. This position is a probationary position to assess employee’s ability to receive and follow instruction. Probationary period also allows employee time to complete necessary certifications and trainings before being classified as a wastewater collection operator 1.

Please review the attached job description for more job duties and responsibilities and the salary range.


1. Equipment Operation, Evaluation, and Maintenance
a. Understanding of Flusher Truck components and mechanical/hydraulic functions
b. Understanding of Camera Van connectivity for data recording and transfer
2. Collection System Operation, Maintenance, and Restoration
a. Ability to identify piping material type and size
b. Understanding of pipe fittings and jointing methods as well as general pipeline construction principles
c. Understanding of manhole construction, components, and means and methods of installation practices
d. Understanding of Cured in Place Pipe practices and installations
e. Understand of pipe bursting installation practices
f. Understanding of pipeline pigging practices
3. Lift Station Operation and Maintenance
a. Understanding of pipelines and manholes providing influent to lift station wet well
b. Understanding of basic mechanical and hydraulic principles
c. Understanding of startup and shut down of lift stations
d. Understanding of temporary electrical power connections
4. Collection System Monitoring, Evaluation, and Adjustment
a. Understand pipe flow measurement and capacity characteristics
b. Ability to properly and objectively identify sewer line defects in accordance with the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) standards
c. Understand components and connections of flow monitoring equipment
5. Security, Safety, and Administrative Procedures
a. Recognize and report environmental related hazards associated with work to be performed
b. Recognize and report environmental hazards to community and surrounding area caused by sanitary sewer overflow conditions or improper functioning sewers


1. High school graduate or equivalent
2. Work to obtain Kansas Commercial Driver’s License Class A – (6 months from hire date)
a. Air Brake Endorsement
b. Tanker Endorsement – may be optionally required
c. Automatic Transmission
d. Standard Transmission – may be optionally required
3. Obtain OSHA 10-hour certification (1 year from hire date)
4. Will complete one year of on the job training minimum
5. Work to obtain certifications in: (max 3 years from date of hire)
a. Wastewater Collections Class 1 certification issued by Association of Boards of Certification. Equivalent – Kansas Department of Health and Environment Wastewater Treatment Class I Operator Certification or another States recognized certification of equivalency
b. National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Certification: Core Curriculum
c. National Center of Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Certification: Pipelayer – Level 1
6. Basic competencies using micro-soft products such as outlook, word, and excel
7. Basic competencies to utilize smart phones, tablets, and computers for communicating, corresponding, and processing work orders