Senior Operations Technician 4


Posted Date 3/15/2023

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Salary: Dependent on Qualifications
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Job Description

To perform a variety of skilled technical duties and semi-skilled labor in the operation and maintenance of the Company’s water delivery system including water treatment plants, pipeline transmission systems, water quality sampling and related facilities and equipment. Must be able to respond within 30 minutes of the Company’s facilities. Must be able to work weekends and be on-call for after-hour emergencies.

Receives immediate supervision from the Field Operations Manager. More experienced staff may exercise functional and technical supervision over part time operations staff or contracted workers as deemed appropriate.

Under general supervision duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Operate treatment facilities to control flow and disinfection of water; regularly monitor plant functions through reading gauges, graphs, meters and control panels, and by performing and evaluating chemical tests; routinely test and operate emergency equipment.
  • Operate valves, gates, pumps, and motors in controlling treatment processes.
  • Make daily rounds of treatment plants, performing a variety of duties pertaining to water treatment and plant maintenance; inspect treatment facilities to ensure proper plant operation.
  • Observe variations in operating conditions by interpreting meter, gauge, and graph readings and test results to determine disinfection requirements.
  • Respond to and inform the Field Operations Manager of present and potential problems and hazards.
  • Monitor chemical supplies, and storage tanks/drums, placing orders when needed.
  • Maintain logs and worksheets of plant operations, compile equipment readings and test results into daily and monthly reports.
  • Make emergency repairs to plant equipment, record failures of and problems withequipment and schedule repair work as necessary.
  • Adjust plant operations to changing disinfection needs; mix and add chemicals as needed to maintain appropriate levels.
  • Collect water samples and conduct routine chemical tests; prepare reagents, analyze and record test results; maintain equipment, and accurately calibrate as required.
  • Perform a variety of general maintenance duties inside and outside facilities.
  • Perform safety inspections on Company vehicle and report safety and other priority repair work to the immediate supervisor.
  • Keep abreast with new trends and innovations in the water treatment field.
  • Perform periodic inspections and maintenance of plant structures.
  • Coordinate and supervise repairs to distribution facilities including but not limited to pipeline leaks, pump and motor, and distribution valves, and air releases.
  • Calculate flow rates and chemical dose rates and adjust chemical feed systems.
  • Operates a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and somefamiliarity with configuration and programming.
  • Respond to water treatment facility and distribution system alarms and take corrective actions as required.
  • Responsible for maintaining positive pressure flow to customers throughout the distribution system at all times.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, outside agencies, and the public.
  • Performs after hour on-call duties as well as weekend and holiday work schedules for water production and treatment system related calls.
  • Prepare reports for submission to various regulatory agencies.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Materials, methods, equipment and procedures for the operation and maintenance of water treatment facilities, transmission systems, and water quality sampling protocol.
  • Functions and purposes of water treatment systems.
  • Standard principles of biology, chemistry and mathematics as related to water treatment.
  • Mechanical and electrical systems as applied to water treatment and pump facilities.
  • Principles and practices of chemical and biological testing and analysis.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping.
  • Basic report preparation techniques.
  • Basic Microsoft Excel and Word Software
  • Federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to drinking water quality and treatment, plant operations and safety.
  • Safe work practices.
  • Operate machinery and equipment utilized in the water treatment and distribution facilities.
  • Make routine adjustments to monitoring equipment, motors, pumps and other equipment.
  • Maintain and operate laboratory equipment and conduct routine chemical tests.
  • Read meters and gauges correctly, make necessary documentation and act quickly and competently to make necessary adjustments.
  • Maintain records and compile data into written logs.
  • Recognize and react to treatment process changes and demands.
  • To properly lift materials in excess of 40 pounds, stand for long periods of time, and walk for long distances.
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with other employees and those contacted in the course of work.
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Must have three years of experience in the operation of water treatment facilities and have obtained familiarity with distribution system requirements.

The ideal candidate must have a high school diploma or have obtained a GED certificate
equivalent to the twelfth grade. An AS Degree in Water Treatment or Water Technology is preferred. In addition, specialized training in biology, chemistry, or a related field, or five years as a water treatment and distribution operator is preferred.

  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California drivers license.
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a Grade 4 (T4) water treatment certificate issued by the State of California within the employment probationary period. A T5 is preferred.
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a Grade 4 (D4) water distribution certificate issued by the State of California within the employment probationary period. A D5 is preferred.
Job Category
Local Government
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