Utility Operations & Maintenance Specialist
HDR - Honolulu, HI

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The primary duties of the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Specialist include responsibility for supporting water, wastewater and storm water infrastructure evaluations, condition assessments, process optimization, new facility design reviews, construction management assistance, commissioning, O&M training, and development of facility operations manuals. Consult regarding a broad range of best management practices within water, wastewater, and/or storm water utilities including process optimization, asset management, maintenance management, energy efficiency studies and staff work flows to provide optimum water and wastewater utility services.
• Assist with the development of infrastructure renewal plans. Provide technical expertise in the condition assessment of assets critical to the delivery of water, wastewater, reclaimed water and storm water service.
• During planning, provide condition assessment of existing facilities and obtain plant staff input to identify equipment and process problems.
• Perform operability reviews of preliminary designs to ensure that criteria such as working space around equipment, general placement of valves and equipment, worker safety and access to equipment for maintenance are addressed.
• During design, work with process, electrical and instrumentation engineers to evaluate reliability, redundancy, ease of operation, and life cycle costs of process and equipment alternatives.
• Assist with the development of P&IDs and write process control strategies for the efficient operation of treatment plant processes, wastewater lift stations, reclaimed water systems, and water booster pump stations.
• During construction, coordinate manufacturer’s field services including equipment training. Review and approve equipment O&M manuals.
• Develop and provide operator training and assist with component and system testing and commissioning.
• Prepare startup plans, schedules and procedures and document results in a construction management environment.
• Prepare facility Operations and Maintenance Manuals. Assist the plant staff with post-startup warranty resolution and with process optimization.
• Prepare and implement condition assessment procedures for all asset types within water, wastewater, and/or storm water systems.
• Evaluate Maintenance and Operational work practices to determine effectiveness in providing core utility functions. Prepare new work flows, work procedures, training and implementation plans to improve core functions.
• Evaluate water and wastewater utility regulatory requirements and performance. Develop mitigation plans or O&M procedures to improve regulatory compliance.
• Participate and engage technical experts in support of client development and project pursuits.
• Facilitate lessons learned for project delivery, processes, trends, successes, strengths and weaknesses.
• Participates in strategic local, regional, and national marketing pursuits
• Participates in professional organizations related to Water, Wastewater and Stormwater lines of service at the local and regional level.
Keyword(s): water, wastewater, asset management, operations, maintenance
Bachelor’s degree in a professional, engineering or related field. Maintains a state certification in Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Treatment Operations at the highest level. A minimum of (10) ten years of experience in water and wastewater treatment and distribution/collection system operation is required. Certification as a water or wastewater treatment plant operator at the highest level required. Certification in both water and wastewater is preferred. A four year degree is preferred. Expertise in process control, automation, instrumentation, laboratory fundamentals, industrial safety, reliability centered maintenance principles and developing control strategies is required. Knowledge of the engineering, chemistry and microbiology of water and wastewater treatment unit process is mandatory. Excellent writing ability required. Ability to work with a diverse community of designers, contractors, operators and manufacturers is necessary. Proven skill in Word and Excel a must. Familiarity with computerized maintenance management software and proper applications. Hands on working knowledge in a majority of the following technical areas: Water, Wastewater, Reclaimed Water and Stormwater utility master planning, water conservation and demand management practices, asset management, water and wastewater regulatory compliance and technical support, sustainability in the water and wastewater utility fields, water distribution and sewer collection system O&M programs, industrial safety, and knowledge of utility rates and finance issues.

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