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Vacancy: Plant Operator.

Blantyre City Council invites application for the position of Plant Operator tenable in the Directorate of Engineering services.

REPORTING :               Chemist

 GRADE :                   TM I-III

 SALARY:                  In line with Terms and Conditions of Services for Blantyre City Council

QUALIFICATIONS:Diploma and/or trade test certificate in Motor Vehicle Mechanics.

Candidates having a few years of experience in operation and maintenance of sewage pumps and components in addition to having strong analytical, problem-solving, and teamwork skills will have an added advantage


  • Operates and maintains wastewater treatment, sludge processing, and handling equipment.
  • Tends pumps, conveyors, blowers, chlorinators, vacuum filters, and other equipment used to treat wastewater.
  • Coordinates work by scheduling assignments and overseeing the work of other workers within the plant
  • Explains work instructions and adapts, if necessary, pertinent general methods and procedures in order to meet required needs.
  • Provides training to other workers within the plant
  • Collects samples and makes routine chemical analyses of wastewater at various points in the plant process.
  • Cleans and maintain equipment, tanks, filter beds, intake wells and drying beds, and other work areas
  • Skims grease, pumps sludge, and transfers sludge from sludge tanks to drying beds.
  • Monitors control panels and adjusts valves and gates manually or by remote control to regulate the flow of wastewater through settling, aeration, and sludge digestion processes.
  • Reads and interprets charts, flow meters, and other gauges to determine operating efficiency of equipment.
  • Lubricates pumps, valves, and other equipment; repairs parts where necessary.
  • Prepares the chemicals required for the testing of wastewater.
  • Maintains the surrounding grounds.
  • Maintains logs, records, and reports relative to the work.
  • Requisitions supplies and materials.
  • Respondto emergency calls
  • Conserve resources wherever possible to ensure budgetary integrity and institution’s satisfaction
  • Submit timely reports.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Desired Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant and auxiliary equipment.
  • Knowledge of laboratory equipment and its functions.
  • Knowledge of the methods and procedures involved in testing sludge and effluent.
  • Knowledge of current literature and modern techniques in the field of wastewater treatment.
  • Ability to make operating repairs to a wastewater treatment plant and auxiliary equipment.
  • Ability to take and record chemical tests of sludge and effluent.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports relative to the work.
  • Ability to respond quickly to emergencies.
  • Ability to maintain favorable public relations.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate the wastewater treatment plant activities of a specific work area.
  • Ability to allocate work to other workers.
  • Ability to determine work priorities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to train, direct, and instruct employees.


Physical Working Conditions

The jobs under this position require physically climbing platforms to inspect reactors; handling heavy hoses, pumps, pipes as such the position holder will be to climb high structures and/or ladders, and lift or move heavy objects.


Applications should be addressed to:


The Chief Executive Officer

Blantyre City Council

Private Bag 67



Closing date for receiving applications is Friday, 21st April, 2023