Job ID:  26364351

Company:  Southwest Water Authority

Application Type:  Seeking Full-time (post graduate opportunities)

Job Title:  Water Treatment Plant Operator

Description:  Scope of Work The individual in this position will perform work activities associated with a lime softening, conventional filtration, ultra filtration, Class IV water treatment plant. The general work activities are plant operations, which involve water treatment theory/practice, plant equipment operation, maintenance, and repair. The Southwest Water Authority (SWA) is responsible for management, operations, and maintenance of the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP). The SWA is a political subdivision led by a 15 member Board of Directors. The SWPP is a regional water delivery system serving municipal, rural, and industrial water user entities in southwest North Dakota. Essential Functions 1. Produce potable water for the Southwest Pipeline Project, in accordance with all state and federal regulations. 2. Understand water treatment theory/technology and apply that knowledge to the water treatment process/production. 3. Operate a Class IV water treatment plant which includes: A. Monitoring of gauges, flowmeters, charts, system control computer, etc. B. Conducting water analysis tests such as hardness, alkalinity, PH, turbidity, chlorine residual, etc., for treatment process control. C. Determine chemical feed rates and adjust chemical dosages with approval of Class IV Water Treatment Plant Operator. D. Determine and maintain proper flow rates and in accordance with water consumption demand. E. Maintain treatment records in accordance with SWA, state and federal regulations. F. Backwash filters as needed. 4. Conduct water analysis tests to ensure safety and water quality by collecting representative water samples and testing for contaminants and properties such as color, odor, chlorine levels, nitrification, etc. 5. Collect representative water samples to be used by other agencies for water analysis testing for regulation compliance. 6. Ensures that plant operations are in compliance with operating guidelines and that treated water is safe and acceptable entering the distribution system. 7. Maintains all required records such as operating logs, chemical and repair part inventories, maintenance logs distributes information to internal and external personnel. 8. Performs routine preventive maintenance on plant equipment to include: operating adjustments and calibrations on equipment, basic mechanical and electrical work and cleaning, lubricating and replacing equipment parts. 9. Perform building and grounds maintenance as needed, including mowing, painting, cleaning, etc. 10. Maintain the Dodge pre-treatment chloramination facility including routine maintenance, calibration of chemical injection equipment and adjusting chemical feed rates. 11. Collect water samples to monitor and analyze residuals for disinfection and nitrification control when needed. 12. Assist Safety Officer with regular safety inspections of plant equipment, facilities and vehicles record violations or potential hazards and take corrective action. 13. Become familiar with plant manuals such as maintenance, treatment and safety. 14. Assist outside contractors, supplying necessary information and inspects contractors work. 15. Promotes positive relationships and communicates effectively and courteously with co-workers, and outside plant associates. 16. Performs minor corrective maintenance on plant equipment. 17. Discuss water quality with the public and conduct plant tours if needed. 18. Must become familiar with the rules, regulations and policies of the SWA. 19. Order chemicals, repair parts and tools. 20. Must be available for and willing to be on-call on a 24-hour basis. Normally this is a one week per month requirement. 21. Must obtain a Class I operators certification after meeting the minimum education and experience requirements set forth by the State Health Department, and actively pursue a Class IV certification. 22. Assist SWA Water Distribution Operators during emergencies or as may be required to maintain quality service to SWA customers. 23. Performs other related duties required from time to time. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with a diversified group of people under trying and stressful conditions. 2. Ability to communicate courteously and professionally to reflect a positive image of SWA and water treatment plant to its customers and the public. 3. Ability to express self logically and concisely in both oral and written form. 4. Ability to access and interact with computer control systems. 5. Ability to analyze, evaluate, and recommend sound solutions to problems of routine nature. 6. Ability to research, interpret, explain, and correctly apply policies, rules, regulations, and procedures. 7. Ability to work independently and efficiently. 8. Ability to adjust work schedule to perform necessary duties. 9. Ability to handle confidential matters. 10. Ability to understand basic math and chemistry and being able to apply the knowledge to the water treatment process. 11. Ability to understand mechanical problems and equipment. 12. Ability to use common hand tools and other related equipment. Typical Physical/Mental/Environmental Demands 1. Requires extended periods of standing, also requires finger dexterity, hearing and vision. 2. Requires periodic lifting of 50 pound chemical bags. Occasionally, maintenance may require lifting of approximately 75 pounds. 3. On a daily basis, requires the ability to read, write, compile, and analyze data and reports. 4. On a daily basis, requires the ability to work as a team player, courteously and respectably with co-workers in a close working environment. 5. Must enter confined space areas such as manholes, vaults, and reservoirs. 6. May be subject to noise and chemical dust. Must work with hazardous chemicals in a liquid, vapor or solid form. Supervision 1. The Water Treatment Plant Operator is under the general supervision of the Water Treatment Manager. 2. The Water Treatment Plant Operator is responsible to assist in the day-to-day operation of the water treatment plant, being responsible to assist the Water Treatment Plant and Distribution Maintenance Workers. 3. The Water Treatment Plant Operator may at times consult the Water Treatment Manager, or in his/her absence, the Manager/CEO on complex or managerial problems or concerns. Guidelines 1. The Water Treatment Plant Operator will follow procedures and guidelines set forth by governing agencies or the SWA. 2. Guidelines may consist of operations, equipment and safety manuals, EPA rulings, and state and local regulations. 3. The Water Treatment Plant Operator exercises judgment in selecting applicable procedure and decides various matters as related to processing water. In situations where guidelines do not apply, he/she will refer questions to the supervisor for assistance. Complexity Work consists of duties that involve various related steps, processes, or methods. Actions to be taken or responses to be made differ depending upon the situation involved. Assignments and tasks are usually standardized. Personal Contacts Contacts are with co-workers within the SWA, customers, the public, the Board of Directors, employees of other federal, state, and local agencies, contractors, suppliers, and other business interests. Purpose of Contacts The purpose of the contacts is to obtain, clarify, give facts, or exchange information directly related to the treatment of water. Contacts with customers and the public often require exceptional tact and judgment. To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, the Water Treatment Plant Operator must frequently coordinate and effectively deal with supervisors, co-workers, and others. Education and Experience 1. High school diploma or equivalent. 2. Valid driver s license. 3. Minimum of six months experience with small power equipment and tools. Knowledge of Equipment Computers Vehicles Multimeters Telephone Two-Way Radio Fork Lift Calculators Pumps Personal Protective Equipment Lab Equipment Hand Tools Generators Chemical Feeders Chemical Analyzers Monitoring Equipment Accelators Filter Equipment Conveyor Systems Nonessential Functions 1. Use of personal computer 2. Typing 3. Use of calculator, spreadsheets, databases, and any other software required to perform job functions. Location This position is located in Dickinson, ND. There is a pretreatment facility located near Dodge, ND, and may require travel to that location, usually once per week. Travel to other distribution facilities might be necessary. Salary This is a full time, non-exempt position with standard benefit package. The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel as classified.

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