Water Works Operator

The Borough of Sewickley Water Authority is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Water Works Operator.

The Water Works Operator is employed by the Borough of Sewickley Water Authority through the collective bargaining unit. The full time hourly position will require the ability to work rotating shifts, weekends, overtime and be called out for emergencies. The successful candidate will have 5 years of experience in the field of municipal water operations, a valid PA DEP Class B Drinking Water Operators Certification with Subclasses;7,8,9 and 11 or the ability to obtain one in 24 months of hire. Applicable military experience will be evaluated and considered.

The successful candidate will be required to have a High School or equivalent level of education, a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license, pass a pre-employment physical, drug screening and background checks.

A full job description and application with submission instructions is available on the Borough of Sewickley Water Authority web site at; www.sewickleywater.org.

The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary based on level of experience and certification. The Borough of Sewickley Water Authority provides a generous package of benefits, including Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance, Pension and Paid Time Off.   

 

Water Works Operator

The Water Works Operator is employed by the Sewickley Water Authority (SWA) though the collective bargaining unit.  The position is categorized as hourly full time (non-exempt).  The following job specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties required.  Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.  Nothing in this job description restricts the SWA’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.  This description reflects the SWA’s assignment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.  This job description is subject to change at any time.

 

GENERAL

To perform and coordinate a variety and range of operations, monitoring, process control, record keeping and recording, and preventative maintenance functions related to the water treatment plant, pumping station, storage tanks, and distribution system.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Water Works Operator, when assigned or scheduled, is the primary operator of the water treatment plant.  The Water Works Operator when not scheduled as the primary operator of the water treatment plant, will be scheduled to complete all distribution system operations, maintenance, installations, and repair activities.

The Water Works Operator is responsible for the attainment of the objectives established by the SWA which relate to water treatment, facility maintenance, and distribution system maintenance and repairs including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Exercise a significant degree of discretion and judgment in performing the daily operation of the water treatment plant, pumping station, storage tanks and the distribution system components.
  • Exercise a significant degree of oversight, coordination, and interaction with the Water Works Lead Operator and Water Works Mechanic or other personnel as required to ensure the proper operation of the water treatment plant, pumping station, storage tanks and the distribution system.
  • Execute proper start-up and operation and securing of the water treatment plant.
  • Collect and test raw and finished water samples at the treatment plant and in the distribution system as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and as directed by the Lead Plant Operator and Water Works Mechanic. 
  • Perform laboratory analysis to ensure all water quality parameters are achieved.
  • Regularly monitor all chemical levels to ensure proper inventory is available.  Communicate chemical needs to the Water Works Lead Operator in a timely manner, accounting for vendor lead times.
  • Receive chemical deliveries, supplies, and materials delivered for use at the water treatment plant.
  • Initiate, cease, and adjust chemical feeds to ensure the quality of raw, process, and finished water as directed by the Water Works Lead Operator.
  • Follow all safety requirements outlined by the material data sheets when handling water treatment chemicals. Review and follow safety procedures with the Water Works Lead Operator.
  • Notify the Water Works Lead Operator of unusual operating conditions and of equipment observed to need repair/replacement.
  • Conduct daily and routine inspection of all plant facilities, including but not limited to, chemical feed pumps, chemical storage facilities, high service pumps, motors, meters, and valves at the water treatment plant and distribution facilities.
  • Maintain all daily records of water quality test results and SCADA production data as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP)
  • Monitor the distribution system activity, including normal and abnormal demand.
  • Maintain, repair, and adjust valves and other flow control equipment.
  • Maintain and repair facility structures and grounds as needed or as directed.
  • Maintain a high level of cleanliness on the interior and exterior of the water treatment plant.
  • Maintain and calibrate water monitoring instruments in accordance with manufacturers recommendations.
  • Maintain pumps and valves at the water treatment plant in accordance with manufacturers recommendations.
  • Read manufacturers operating manuals to ensure equipment is operating properly and recommended maintenance is properly performed.
  • Perform repairs at the water treatment plant and distribution facilities, and work with other employees or outside contractors to complete repairs or improvements.
  • Monitor backwash water discharge in accordance with the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit.
  • Respond promptly and professionally to, and complete tasks assigned by the Lead Plant Operator and Water Work Mechanic.

 

Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • All current and proposed local, state, and federal regulations assigned to public drinking water systems and those specifically applicable to the SWA.
  • Chemistry and biology as relating to raw water, water treatment and distribution water quality.
  • Pumps and motors and electrical circuits.
  • Construction procedures and safety.
  • Emergency Response Plans, Operation and Maintenance Plans, Sanitary Surveys, and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Cross connection control in general and cross connection control plan requirements.
  • Water valve installation, maintenance and repairs.
  • Water meter installation, maintenance and repairs.
  • Fire hydrant installation, maintenance and repairs.
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment, including computers.
  • Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Ability to:

  • Take the initiative to complete tasks and then proceed to the next task without direct supervision.
  • Read and learn technical manuals related to all facilities and equipment.
  • Maintain sound judgement and critical thinking under pressure.
  • Communicate face-to-face and on the telephone with co-workers, customers and the public in an informative and professional manner.
  • Maintain all internal records, including those reported to all regulatory agencies, in an organized and orderly manner.
  • Work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays, or as assigned.
  • Work twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week should an emergency arise.
  • Respond in a timely manner to an emergency call out should an unforeseen breakdown or leak occur.
  • Sit, stand or walk for prolonged periods of time.
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including but not limited to; clothing, footwear, hardhats, eye protection, hearing protection, respiratory protection including an SCBA.
  • Work in trenches and confined spaces as required, and in the elements, including heat, cold, wind, snow, and rain when necessary to perform repairs critical to ensuring water service to customers.
  • Lift 75 pound boxes, material or equipment to a height of 3 to 4 feet as needed.

 

 

Requirements

  • High School or equivalent level of education.
  • Possession of a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and be insurable as a driver under the Sewickley Water Authority’s automobile liability policy.

 

  • Possession of a current and valid Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Water Operators License with a minimum Class E or B General Certification.
  • Possession of the following subclass certifications or ability to obtain them within two (2) years of hire:
    • Subclass 7 (Corrosion Control).
    • Subclass 8 (Chemical Addition).
    • Subclass 9 (Ion Exchange).
    • Subclass 11 (Gaseous Chlorination).
  • Minimum of five (5) years of municipal water operations experience.

 

Reportability

  • The Water Works Operator reports directly to the Water Works Mechanic and to the Lead Plant Operator when assigned as the water treatment plant operator.  

 

Direct Reports

  • None.

Compensation

  • As defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.