City of Sycamore

City of Sycamore



DATE APPROVED:             2024

TITLE:                                  Laborer II:  Operator / Lab Technician

DEPARTMENT:                  Public Works Department, Treatment Plant Division

SUPERVISED BY:               Assistant Director of Public Works

FLSA STATUS:                    Non-Exempt; represented by AFSCME Local 3957

The position of Operator / Lab Technician is assigned to the Operations Program of the Treatment Plant Division of the Public Works Department.  The Operator / Lab Technician position performs a variety of skilled, semi-skilled and manual labor work in construction, maintenance, laboratory sampling and analysis and related services in the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.  This is a collaborative, hands-on role in which the Operator will lead by example, identify obstacles and address problems cooperatively, and foster a sense of ownership and accountability within their team toward achieving departmental goals.  The starting pay is $67,162.17.  This position has a 20-mile residency requirement as outlined in the AFSCME Local 3957 collective bargaining agreement.

The position advertised will focus on LABORATORY or OPERATOR duties.



Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

1.       Performs all required duties with the use of proper safety equipment and analyzes duties to ensure that safe working conditions are used.

2.       Performs routine servicing, repairs, and cleaning of treatment plant equipment and structures.

3.       Performs mechanical and electrical maintenance in accordance with the manufacturers’ specifications.

4.       Performs ground maintenance consisting of mowing grass, weed control, and snow removal.

5.       Collects WWTP samples and performs analyses of specific parameters.

6.       Reviews and completes required NPDES testing and reporting.

7.       Assists in the receiving, loading and unloading of chemicals.

8.       Fills and maintains required records pertaining to assignments.

9.       Makes recommendations to the Division Foreman regarding policies and resource requirements necessary to carry out long-and short-term goals.

10.   Operates equipment such as front loaders, dump trucks, cranes, lawn mowers, snow blowers, and a variety of power tools used in the operations and maintenance of the Treatment Plant.

11.   Assists with the monitoring and control of the wastewater process.

12.   Assists with Industrial Pretreatment Program.

13.   Assists with the duties associated with the Public Works Street and Water Divisions.



1.       Knowledge of the proper use of required tools and equipment and their safe operation.

2.       Ability to effectively communicate with others both orally and in writing.

3.       Advanced knowledge of principles, practices, goals, terminology, equipment, materials and operating procedures for the maintenance and operation of a Wastewater Treatment Plant

4.       Ability to operate the division’s computer system, familiarity with data and word processing applications.

5.       Ability to develop specifications for supplies, materials, and equipment needed to perform necessary work.

6.       Ability to collect, develop, analyze, and provide statistical reports regarding public works operations.

7.       Ability to prepare and maintain detailed records, reports, and work orders.

8.       Ability to plan, layout, schedule, assign and inspect the work of others.

9.       Ability to interpret laboratory analyses and suggest process control decisions.

10.   Knowledge of SCADA systems and their operation

11.   Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

12.   Willingness to learn and expand abilities and knowledge.

13.   Ability to work independently and with others.

14.   Ability to lift 80 pounds.

15.   Ability to work a forty-hour workweek with periodic overtime, including weekend, weeknight, and holiday hours.

16.   Ability to respond to emergency calls.

17.   This position requires the use of personal or City vehicles for City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating vehicles safely, possess a valid driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record.



1.       High School graduation or equivalent is required. Supplemental formal education, vocational, trade or technical training is desirable.

2.       Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred.

3.       Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.

4.       Experience in the wastewater treatment field and sanitary collection system or other experiences associated with Public Works.

5.       Laboratory equipment and analyzing experience. (Lab Tech)

6.       Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) experience.

7.       Class 1 Wastewater Certification from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

8.       Possession of a valid CDL Class B State of Illinois Vehicle Operator’s license within 90 days of hire required. (Operator)



The physical demands and work environment conditions 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.

For communicating with others, talking is required; for taking instructions from others, sight is required.  Required to use hands to finger, handle, and feel objects, tools or controls; required to reach with hands and arms.  Operators must be physically able to stand, stoop, bend, lift and carry up to 80 pounds and maintain awkward body positions for prolonged periods of time in order to work on pumps, motors, and related equipment.

Work may be performed in all weather conditions with exposure to excessive noise, noxious fumes and gases, toxins, paints, caustic chemicals, fuels, lubricants, solvents, and other fluids, as well as dirt, dust, grease, and other disagreeable materials.  Physical demands include traversing rough terrain; climbing in and out of heavy equipment; exposure to heat and cold; working in confined areas, tanks, and structures.  Employees may interact with upset citizens and/or public and private representatives in the course of their work.

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