Lead Water Treatment Technician

Aqua America, Inc. Ashtabula , OH 44004

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!

General Functions:

The Lead Operator, under the guidance of the Production Manager, provides for the safe operation of water treatment, distribution and storage facilities in compliance with Federal, State, local and Company requirements.

The Lead Operator assists the Production Manager with monthly compliance reporting, controlling capital projects and the operation expense budget for maintenance, power, chemicals and miscellaneous small expenditures for the water production facility, booster stations, tanks, and other equipment.

Pay Rate: $33.59/hour + license premium

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assists Production Manager as assigned in the capacity of "responsible individual-operator in responsible charge" for maintaining compliance with monitoring and reporting schedules and parameter limits for water quality.

  • Ensures that all work complies with OEPA and PUCO regulatory requirements for operations. Assist with and/or prepares, submits, and reviews company required reporting and monitoring (inventory, bench sheets, maintenance, records, etc.)

  • Assist with and/or prepares and submits forms for regulatory compliance monitoring within the guidelines of the oversight agencies (Monthly Operating Reports, PUCO, other periodic regulatory reports).

  • Responsible for startup, shutdown, operation and periodic checks of water treatment processes, components and equipment at water facilities using mechanical and computer-based controls.

  • Monitors SCADA, analyzes data and adjusts plant operations accordingly to include pumping systems, chemical feeders, and auxiliary equipment, in order to optimize plant operations, storage tank levels and booster station performance.

  • Performs routine preventative and corrective maintenance on equipment. Load and unload chemicals used at the treatment plant.

  • Monitor plant controls and maintain plant records such as operating logs, chemical feeds, temperature, levels, and pressures on various process systems and associated equipment located throughout plant facilities.

  • Collect water samples and perform laboratory tests. Conduct safety inspections and follow safety rules and procedures in accordance with company policies.

  • Leads and directs production personnel in the operation, maintenance, and repair of the water treatment facility and transmission system including pumps, chemical feeders, mixers, filters, laboratory equipment/analysis, booster stations, and storage tanks.

  • Trains new and existing Operators and Operations and Maintenance Department personnel.

  • Available to respond in-person for after-hours, weekends, and or holiday work; backs-up Production Manager as needed.

  • Performs all other duties assigned.

Educational Qualifications:

  • Must have a high school diploma or the GED equivalent.

  • Must hold valid U.S. driver's license.

Special Skills Required for Position:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to effectively conduct business with internal and external customers and represent the company.

  • Strong organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple priorities. Excellent computer skills especially with spreadsheet applications and asset management systems.

  • Computational skills with the ability to calculate chemical dosages and determine calibration of chemical feed systems.

  • Basic mechanical skills to maintain large pumps, drives, motors, piping systems, chemical feeders and storage tanks.

Certifications and License

  • An Ohio EPA Class III Water Supply Certificate.

  • Obtain interim Ohio EPA certification for Chemical analysis (and Microbiological analysis if lab is so certified) within 30 days of hire.

  • Obtain Full Ohio EPA certification for Chemical analysis (and Microbiological analysis if lab is so certified) within 6 months of interim certification.

  • Eligible to apply for Ohio EPA Class IV Certification within a time frame agreed upon at hire.

  • Obtain an Ohio EPA Class IV Water Supply Operator Certificate within a time frame agreed upon at hire.

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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Lead Water Treatment Technician

Aqua America, Inc.