Treatment Plant Process Engineer
City of Sparks, NV - City of Sparks, NV

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Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Hiring may occur early in the recruiting process.

Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of qualified applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

This is an appointed position.

The Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) is a biological nutrient removal plant that uses separate nitrification and denitrification processes for nitrogen removal and biological and chemical processes for phosphorus removal. Reclaimed water is discharged to the Truckee River or is pumped to effluent reuse sites in the cities of Reno and Sparks. Today this award winning Treatment Plant is capable of treating approximately 40 million gallons per day.

Perform a variety of tasks such as scientific analysis, process coordinating and staff training that facilitates operation of an advanced wastewater treatment facility to ensure effluent discharge permit compliance; this single position class has responsibility for establishing and implementing facility process control strategies for multi-shift operations of a wastewater treatment plant

Examples of Essential Duties:

Plan, organize, coordinate, direct and review wastewater treatment processes including nutrient removal, flocculation, filtration and bio-filtration processes, chlorination/de-chlorination, bio-solids digestion and related primary, secondary and tertiary treatment; ensure conformity with operating procedures

Interpret operational data and laboratory reports and implement process control changes to comply with established standards; establish statistical process control parameters for treatment processes; request necessary plant maintenance and repair; ensure that treatment processes continue and that discharge standards are met; optimize process control parameters to minimize chemical and energy usage; interpret test results, regulations and operating manuals

Provide input for reviews and evaluate work performed; develop, implement and provide training for staff on how to properly operate the treatment facility and equipment

Maintain compliance for the final effluent discharge permit; develop and implement process control strategies for wastewater treatment processes in the plant; utilize hydraulic measuring equipment and other instrumentation to monitor and control the treatment facility

Work with design engineers and provide process information

Maintain computerized and written records; make periodic and special reports of operation and discharges; utilize computer spreadsheets, graphs and other programs to prepare statistical evaluations of facility performance and trends

Perform mathematical calculations associated with process control and other related wastewater treatment problems; utilize a working knowledge of biology, chemistry and hydraulics to solve or prevent technical problems

Use a microscope to evaluate activated sludge ecology and filament development; set up lab testing programs for facility treatment processes that will provide for enhanced process control and provide early warning for compliance issues

Evaluate proposed facility changes for compatibility with existing processes and discharge permit limits

May lead facility research project concerning wastewater sciences

Perform related duties and responsibilities as required and other duties which may be assigned


Education and Experience:

Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in civil, environmental or chemical engineering plus five years of experience in directing the process in an advanced wastewater treatment facility, preferably in a plant having tertiary treatment processes

Licenses and Certificates:

Registration as a professional engineer (PE) in the State of Nevada or the ability to obtain within six months of employment

Specified positions may require possession of the equivalent to a valid Nevada Class C driver's license within thirty days of hire

Knowledge of:

Basic principles of microbiology, chemistry and hydraulics
Applied wastewater mathematics
Statistical Process Control Procedures
Applicable discharge Standards
State and federal laws, regulations and standards pertaining to wastewater treatment and disposal
Computer applications related to the work

Ability to:

Supervise sophisticated wastewater treatment and disposal activity
Develop and implement goals, objectives, procedures and work standards
Train and evaluate staff on proper operational methods and safety regulations and precautions
Read and interpret manuals, plans and laboratory test results
Maintain accurate records and files
Prepare clear and accurate reports, correspondence and other written materials
Establish normal operational ranges for all treatment processes based on statistical analysis of those processes
Establish parameters for determining process instability and corrective actions to return the process to a stable condition
Establish a sampling program to monitor treatment processes
Compile, manage and interpret process control data using computer programs and graphs
Develop and implement a research project
Read blueprints
Complete facility layout and functionality of all treatment processes as related to water quality performance and projected design capabilities and limitations
Provide for process performance and final effluent compliance
Safely utilize treatment chemicals in an effective, efficient manner
Establish and maintain effective working relationships

Supplemental Information:

Physical Demands:

Requires sufficient vision, hearing and manual dexterity to perform assigned duties and sufficient strength and stamina to climb stairways and ladders, walk and stand for extended periods of time and maneuver equipment and tools; requires ability to work with exposure to chemicals used in the wastewater treatment process; ability to wear and work in self-contained breathing apparatus

This position is appointed by the City Manager therefore there is no Civil Service Examination Process.

Human Resources will require prior to the appointment for the position, necessary documentary evidence be submitted for fitness of any qualification. Any requirement not met for the advertised position will be cause for Human Resources to decline to examine, certify or hire the applicant.

Human Resources will be contacting you at various stages of the recruitment process via e-mail only. Please make sure you email address is accurate.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Human Resources will make efforts to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled candidates in the selection process. If you have special needs, please notify the Human Resources office when you turn in your application or at least three (3) days prior to the examination/interview by calling (775) 353-2345.

Failure to complete all or any part of the supplemental questionnaire will eliminate the candidate for consideration. The supplemental questionnaire will assist the hiring manager in determining minimum qualifications for this position. The City of Sparks reserves the right to select applicants who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications for the position.

Supplemental Information
Must be willing to be called back, held over or work assigned shifts in emergency situations
Must pass a detailed background investigation
Must pass a pre-placement drug screen
Supervision Exercised: Direct the work of others and act as a resource to other staff members
This position reports to the Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager
This is an at-will appointed position exempt from the City of Sparks Civil Service System
This position is exempt under FLSA guidelines