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Water OampM Technician I

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Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

Laurel, MD

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General Summary\r Performs routine and occasionally complex work in the operation and maintenance of water treatment plant equipment and facilities on a rotating shift assignment basis. Mandatory overtime may occasionally be required. May perform tasks and shift assignments under supervision of more senior Water Plant O&M Technicians during shift operations and/or on major tasks.\r \r \r Essential Functions \r \rPerforms periodic tests (and calculates daily averages) for chlorine, pH and turbidity; adjusts water treatment chemical dosages as directed by more senior O&M Technicians and records actions.\rDraws samples of water for laboratory analysis; performs routine chemical analyses of water undergoing treatment in accordance with regulatory requirements.\rUnloads and changes chlorine tanks; inspects chlorine building; loads and unloads chlorine cylinders; connects cylinders to main manifold line and checks for leaks.\rReceives and monitors chemical deliveries and interacts with delivery driver for water treatment chemicals, including polyaluminum chloride, hydrofluosilicic acid, sulfuric acid, lime, phosphoric acid, potassium permanganate, powdered activated carbon, ferric chloride, sodium carbonate, polymers, sulfur dioxide, and sodium bisulfite.\rMonitors raw, settled, filter effluent and treated water turbidity and filter backwash processes.\rStarts and stops large pumps.\rMakes minor repairs to pumps and purification equipment.\rMaintains communication with Control Center.\rPerforms weekly and monthly preventive maintenance for process equipment, in accordance with established schedule including cleaning, lubrication, and oil/grease changes.\rAssists in identifying factors that could lead to water treatment process upsets, particularly during abnormal conditions.\r\r \r \r Other Functions \r \rConducts laboratory sampling, testing and analysis to ensure compliance with state and federal water quality standards.\rMaintains records, fills in reports; contributes to a daily log of plant operations.\rCleans intake with trash rake.\rConducts general plumbing repairs such as compression fitting replacement, pipe joining, and cutting for various pipe materials.\rOperates and maintains pumping stations with general understanding of pump and pump station configuration, lubrication, and equipment.\rMonitors disinfection processes, UV systems, chlorine system, and recognizes alarm conditions.\rCalibrates process control equipment and instrumentation such as lab equipment, pH meters, turbidity meters, chlorine analyzers, and DO meters.\rOperates chemical feed system for coagulants and other chemical application systems.\rEnters data into computer to update records and uses the computer to aid in monitoring and controlling plant processes.\rPerforms other related duties as required.\r\r \r \r Work Environment And Physical Demands \r \rMay be required to lift up to 25lbs with or without reasonable accommodation.\r\r \r \r Required Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities \r \rKnowledge of Water Treatment process and procedures involving water quality issues, water characteristics, chemical handling, and operating conditions.\rAbility to understand the function and servicing of mechanical equipment, piping, valves and other related equipment used in the water treatment process.\rAbility to understand and follow oral and written instructions.\rAbility to recognize normal and abnormal conditions of equipment and process.\rAbility to perform routine mathematical calculations and chemical analysis.\rAbility to effectively convey information both orally and in writing as well as maintain clear written records.\rAbility to lift minimum of 50 pounds, and to utilize appropriate safety equipment and procedures effectively.\rSkill in the use of tools and correcting minor operational problems in electrical and mechanical systems and equipment.\rKnowledge and understanding of drawings, schematics, specifications, and reference materials.\rBasic computer skills using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and the ability to use internal software applications.\rAbility to work at elevated heights.\r\r \r \r Minimum Education, Experience Requirements \r \rHigh School diploma or equivalent.\r1 year experience servicing mechanical equipment.\r\r \r \r Additional Requirements \r \rPossession of a valid driver’s license with no more than 4 points and the ability to obtain a WSSC driver’s permit.\rWithin 30 days of employment, the employee must submit an application for a Temporary Water Treatment Class 4 License to the Maryland Board of Waterworks and Waste Systems Operators. Permanent operator certification must be obtained no later than 3 years after employment as a Water O&M Technician or face possible demotion or termination.\rA valid Water Sampler’s License issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment must also be attained and maintained within 3 months of employment.\rEmployee is considered to be an essential employee and therefore must report to work as scheduled under all weather conditions.\rThis is a 24-hour operation, must be able to work off shifts.\rMust report to work under all weather conditions and be able to perform snow removal duties as assigned.\r\r \r \r Preferences\r \rCollege courses in chemistry, biology, mathematics or related subjects.\r\r \r \r Salary\r $18.99 - $24.59\r \r \r \r \r\r Posting Detail Information\r \r
\r \r \r EEO Statement\r AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER\rIt is the policy of the Commission to select new employees and to promote current employees without regard to race, sexual orientation, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, or handicap. The Commission does not discriminate against qualified individuals with a disability and will make reasonable accommodation for any disability that does not result in undue hardship for the Commission.\r \r \r Close Date\r \r \r \r Open Until Filled \r Yes\r \r \r Special Instructions to Applicants\r \r \r \r Additional Information

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Established in 1918, today WSSC is among the largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation, with a network of nearly 5,600 miles of fresh water pipeline and more than 5,400 miles of sewer pipeline. Our service area spans nearly 1,000 square miles in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties serving 1.8 million residents through approximately 460,000 customer accounts. WSSC drinking water has always met or exceeded federal standards.

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