Water Treatment Operator I
City of Avondale, AZ - Avondale, AZ

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The City of Avondale Public Works Department has an opening for a Water Treatment Operator I, full-time position, FLSA non-exempt and with benefits

The City operates and maintains a well water production network for potable and non-potable uses consisting of well sites, water storage and booster station sites, on-site hypochlorite generation systems, and wellhead treatment facilities for nitrate, volatile organics, and/or arsenic removal.

The Water Treatment Operator I works under the direction of the Senior Water Treatment Operator to ensure proper operation of the City's water production system. The Water Production Division is staffed from approximately 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week, and Operator's rotate through weekend schedules and on-call duties. This position is responsible for operating, monitoring, and adjusting the well sites and treatment facilities for optimal performance; performing maintenance by diagnosing and correcting equipment malfunctions; maintaining the computerized maintenance management system; collecting water quality samples; and maintaining manuals, records, and logs of water quality, gauge and meter readings, and water flow and pressure.

Examples of Duties:
Operate and monitor well sites and treatment facilities for optimal performance, on-site or remotely via computer, and in accordance with all established regulations, standards, and procedures. Perform daily visual inspections of wellhead treatment facilities to ensure proper operations and to detect equipment failures, potential leaks, or other problem situations.

Make operational adjustments as appropriate to maintain adequate water flow and pressure, and proper water treatment. Monitor gauges, meters, and charts to ensure proper equipment operations.

Perform maintenance of well site and treatment facilities by diagnosing and correcting potential and actual equipment failures. Complete routine and predictive maintenance activities. Assist with general maintenance tasks necessary to keep facilities, equipment, and tools maintained and in operable condition. Maintain and update computerized maintenance management software. Report faulty equipment or problem situations to appropriate personnel.

Collect routine and non-routine water samples for lab analysis. Review and monitor laboratory reports. Calibrate equipment and instruments. Perform field and laboratory water quality testing.

Maintain and update O&M manuals, records, and logs of operations and for regulatory compliance. Draft Standard Operation Procedures, memos, and reports as directed or required. Assist with the scheduled delivery of materials and chemicals, and removal of by-products, and respond to emergency situations.

Follow safety procedures, utilize safety equipment, and monitor work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals. Complete a minimum of 10-hours of professional development education annually. Participate and complete annual regulatory and safety training.

Typical Qualifications:
Work requires knowledge of a specific vocational, administrative, or technical nature which may be obtained with six months/one year of advanced study or training past the high school equivalency. Junior college, vocational, business, technical, or correspondence schools are likely sources. Appropriate certification may be awarded upon satisfactory completion of advanced study or training.

One year of experience in working with on-site chlorine generation and ion exchange water treatment units. Also, one year experience in operating and maintaining water production and distribution facilities.

Valid Arizona Driver's License. Must possess an ADEQ Grade I Water Treatment or Water Distribution Certification at time of hire. If the successful applicant possesses a certification in Water Distribution, the applicant will need to obtain a Water Treatment Grade I within 12-months from hire date.

Supplemental Information:
Work requires the ability to read technical manuals, operations manuals, data specification sheets, reports and memos.

Work requires the ability to write reports, procedures, proposals, and technical manuals.

Troubleshoot error codes/alarms on the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. Troubleshoot and correct inefficient ion exchange treatment issues.

Schedule repairs to existing equipment with internal and outside contractors. Coordinate bulk salt, CO2 and other chemical deliveries. Coordinate removal of waste sludge and brine from treatment units. Schedule daily work activities and predictive maintenance activities. Meet with vendors and equipment representatives.

Within this job, the employee normally performs the duty assignment within broad parameters defined by general organizational requirements and accepted practices. Total end results determine effectiveness of job performance.

The incumbent in this position works closely with the Supervisor, Lead Treatment Operator and Maintenance Mechanics. The incumbents in this position contact others within the organization. These contacts may involve similar work units or departments within the City such as Utility Billing, Facilities, and Grounds and Engineering which may be involved in decision making or providing approval or decision making authority for purchases or projects. In addition, these incumbents work with individuals outside the City who may belong to professional or peer organizations. Working with various state and federal agencies may also be required of the employee. Vendors and suppliers may also be called upon for information on purchases, supplies or products. Meetings and discussions may be conducted with customers, brokers and sales representatives. Employee must maintain regular attendance.