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Posted on: January 19, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Water Reclamation Conveyance Operator

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Basic Function

Under direction of the Water Reclamation Conveyance Supervisor, or Senior Operator, performs a variety of duties in the operation, maintenance, and repair of the Water Reclamation Conveyance System. This position works as part of a team of Conveyance Operators to ensure efficient and safe wastewater treatment including compliance with the current National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. 

Distinguishing Characteristics

Apprentice Level Wastewater Conveyance Operator I - This is the entry level position in the Wastewater Conveyance Operator series. This class is distinguished from the Wastewater Conveyance Operator II by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series. Since this class is certified at the Wastewater Conveyance Operator I level, employees may have limited knowledge of conveyance systems.

Journey Level Wastewater Conveyance Operator II - This is the full journey level class within the Wastewater Conveyance Operator series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Wastewater Conveyance Operator I by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.

Senior Level Wastewater Conveyance Operator III - Operators are more technically advanced and may serve in a lead capacity in their specific area or in other interdepartmental specialties as assigned or designated as the Substitute Operator in Charge as required by Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ).

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

The incumbent shall work well under pressure; meeting multiple and sometimes competing deadlines.  

The incumbent shall at all times demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues and supervisors.

Responsible for proper operation, maintenance, and all other necessary conditions to ensure the conveyance system meets state, federal, and local requirements.

Monitors the Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for proper operation conveyance lift stations. Investigates any alarm conditions, equipment malfunctions and failures, as well as operational problem and trends.

Fulfill on-call duties as assigned.

Apprentice

Operates, inspects, repairs, rebuilds, and cleans a wide variety of wastewater treatment equipment.

Assist in conveyance system cleaning and root removal operation utilizing a Hydo-Vac equipped vehicle unit. 

Assists in conveyance system inspection and documentation utilizing a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system equipped vehicle. 

Utilize basic mechanical skills to repair and install conveyance system lines and manholes. 

Investigate customer conveyance system complaints and backups, and respectfully resolve all problems in a timely manner in order to maintain positive relations with the resident.

Operate and maintain conveyance system lift stations to include required maintenance and repair of associated pumps motors and control systems.

Journey

Maintains an organized inventory of essential tools, parts and supplies.

Posts traffic control signs in work areas.

Maintains and repairs electric and electronic control systems and processes. Uses voltage meter, resistance measurement device, continuity meter or amperage meter to assess and maintain electrical equipment or components.   

Protects the health and safety of personnel, the public and the environment by following local, state and federal laws and regulations.  

Provides input for upgrading the wastewater conveyance system; utilizes SCADA information and historical data to enhance operations and maintenance.

Assist in developing appropriate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP’s) for operational processes.

Calibrates, inspects, maintains certifications, and repairs conveyance safety equipment.

Operates a variety of diagnostic equipment, including the computerized maintenance management system.

Operates or uses various equipment, power tools, hand tools, and supplies in order to complete work assignments: operates and maintains CCTV Truck and related equipment, winch, power generator, camera, transporter, and other tools and equipment.

Senior

Monitors conveyance lift stations using the SCADA system to ensure optimum operational performance. Utilizes SCADA information and historical data to enhance operations and maintenance.

Receives and reviews work orders: reads and interprets blue prints, roadway plans, and related documentation; determines and gathers equipment, tools, parts, and supplies needed to conduct work activities; ensures availability of adequate parts and materials to conduct work activities; and initiates requests for new or replacement materials as required.

Performs and leads operation, maintenance, repair and trouble-shooting activities of the conveyance system to identify and remedy problems and/or malfunctions in order to ensure continuous operation in accordance with all applicable rules, and regulations.

Inspects, maintains, repairs and replaces electrical equipment and electronic instruments, including electric motors, flow meters, and level sensors.

Monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals: initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations; coordinates setup of work safety zones to maintain safety and traffic control at work sites, including flagging of traffic and setup of safety cones, barricades, and road/warning signs; monitors traffic conditions surrounding trucks/equipment to identify obstructions, pedestrians, or unsafe traffic conditions; and reports any incidents, accidents, problems, or unusual situations.

Utilizes information and updates the WRRF maintenance program; prioritizes, plans, and schedules maintenance tasks in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations in a manner that ensures continuous plant operation.

Supervisory Functions

None

Education and Experience

Graduation from high school or GED

Licenses and Certifications

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Valid Class B driver’s license with air brake and tanker endorsement or the ability to obtain one within six months of hire
  • Ability to complete Confined Space Entry training
  • Ability to complete CPR/AED training
  • Ability to complete respirator quantitative fit test

Apprentice

Class I Wastewater Conveyance Operator License within 1 year

Certified Flagger

Journey

Class II Wastewater Conveyance Operator License

Class I Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator License (City supported for cross training)

Traffic Control Technician 

Senior

Class III Wastewater Conveyance Operator License. Class IV desired.

Class II Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator License (City supported for cross training) 

Traffic Control Supervisor

Competencies

  • Ability to wear full-face respirator and pass a respirator quantitative fit test.
  • Knowledge of equipment maintenance procedures and practices.
  • Operation and use of hand tools and heavy equipment used in general maintenance work.
  • Health and safety practices.
  • Reading, writing, math, and computer skills are required.
  • Ability to respectfully interact with coworkers and members of the public at all times.
  • Laws, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to assigned tasks.
  • Mechanical and piping systems including valves, gauges and meters.
  • Knowledge of Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information.
  • Operation of a computer and data entry techniques.
  • Communicate technical information clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain accurate log readings and operating information.
  • Recognize and respond quickly to operational emergencies.
  • Interpret, analyze and apply new technical information.
  • Read piping or electrical blueprints and schematics.
  • Ability to observe legal and defensive driving practices.
  • Ability to operate both light and heavy equipment.

Software

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
  • Nexgen Asset Management

 

Work Environment

  • Office setting
  • Outdoor work
  • Regular exposure to fumes, dust, odors and gases
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Exposure to dangerous and loud equipment

Physical Demands

  • Climbing
  • Sitting and standing for extended periods of time
  • Lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Gripping
  • Crawling
  • Pushing or pulling
  • Bending/stooping
  • Walking
  • Reaching overhead and above the shoulders
  • Heavy physical labor

Travel

Conferences and professional development opportunities.

Affirmative Action/EEO statement 

The City has an equal employment opportunity policy.  The City will not discriminate against an applicant for employment, which includes discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time wit

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