Facility Operator I

Aqua America, Inc. Winchester , VA 22603

Posted 2 months ago

At Aqua, we know that water is a precious resource one that plays a critical role in sustaining life. That's why we take seriously our mission: protecting and providing Earth's most essential resource. At Aqua, we are guided by a set of principles that embody the character of our company and inspire our work together. They are embedded within our business practices and our behavior. We are proud to be united by integrity, respect and the pursuit of excellence to be the best we can be for the customers and communities we serve.

Together, the women and men of Aqua America serve 1 million customers across eight states. Aqua uses science, technology, capital investments, and amazing talent to provide communities with clean, safe drinking water and responsibly return wastewater to our rivers and streams. Join our team and make a difference!

Job Summary

Operates, monitors and maintains all assigned wastewater facilities and systems in accordance with all regulatory operational, safety and reporting requirements as stipulated by the system's regulatory permits and/or the company's standard operating procedures and permits.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitors operations at assigned wastewater facilities. Conducts testing and analysis in compliance with the state regulatory permit requirements and company operating standards and procedures. Diagnoses and corrects process problems and upsets. Calculates chemical doses required for flow rates and proper treatment.

  • Recommends and implements approved facility process changes and adjustments to improve operational performance.

  • Monitors collection system performance and pump stations. Evaluates repair and replacement needs for plant equipment including but not limited to pumps, instruments, chemical feed equipment, etc. Tracks issues and recommends improvements and upgrades as needed.

  • Tracks and records required test results, measurements, equipment readings and observations as specified and/or required by permits, standard operating procedures and ad hoc requests directed by management. Enters data into plant logs, spreadsheets and electronic databases in accordance with department procedures.

  • Responds to "on call" plant and system issues including answering alarm calls and reporting to the facility as needed to diagnose and address the cause of the alarms.

  • Coordinates the removal of sludge and delivery of chemicals, fuel, parts and supplies necessary for proper facility operation.

  • Updates and maintains facility records, prints, equipment manufacture manuals and operating data.

  • Performs all activities in accordance with company safety requirements dealing with hazardous chemical handling and PPE. Assists management in developing and administering applicable safety procedures, providing feedback as needed to ensure a safe operating environment is maintained.

  • Monitors PLC network. Activities including reviewing automated operations at the assigned facility(s), monitoring and responding to alarms, and reviewing computer generated reports and data for adherence to state regulatory reporting requirements. May assist in the training of new employees on the automation system.

  • Performs other activities as required.

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. Activities, duties and responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED.

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in the operation and maintenance of wastewater facilities.

  • Formal training in wastewater is desirable, e.g. U.S. EPA field study training programs including analysis of treatment data and record keeping.

  • Minimum of Virginia Class 3 (or above ) license in water and wastewater.

  • Available 24/7 to respond to on call issues during the work week and/or weekends

  • Must be 18 years of age or older

  • Valid US drivers license

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Good mechanical skills

  • Current working knowledge of wastewater treatment systems

  • Ability to diagnose and correct process problems and upsets both reactively and proactively

  • Ability to make mathematical calculations to determine chemical doses

Overall Physical Requirements

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds. Physical demands include visual acuity' hearing and communicating.

Working Conditions

  • May be subject to extreme temperatures, noise, wet and/or humid conditions. Mechanical, electrical, gas exposure hazards, fumes, dusts, mists, gases and/or poor ventilation atmospheric conditions.

  • Ability to work a special work week, Wednesday through Sunday, on a rotational basis or as required by management

AAP/EEO Statement

It is the policy of Aqua America, Inc. to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Aqua American, Inc

Aqua America, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Equal employment opportunity is provided to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to the following legally protected characteristics: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions, including medical conditions related to lactation), physical or mental disability, covered-veteran status, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law.


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Facility Operator I

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