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Lead Operator 

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Position Lead Operator  
Location Carolina Water Service - Jacksonville, NC/New Bern, NC  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Category Operations  
About the Organization UTILTIES INC., is a growth focused, multi-state water-wastewater utility dedicated to ensuring our customers access to a clean and safe water supply while doing so in the most environmentally sound manner possible. We believe in promoting responsible water use and sustainable water practices to enhance the overall quality of our customers' lives and meet our country's future water needs.

Comprised of over 400 dedicated, skilled people who are the key to our every day success, Utilities, Inc. values commitment, ethics, knowledge, and customer focused service that allows us to effectively deliver comprehensive water and wastewater services while achieving our mission of Superior Quality, Efficient Operations and Exceptional Service.

We offer employees an enjoyable, challenging, collaborative environment. Through encouraging career development, cross-training and the support of continued education we strive to give our employees the tools to succeed and create a path for professional growth.
 
Description

 

Job Title

Lead Water/Wastewater Treatment Operator

Department

Operations

Status

Non-Exempt

Supervisor’s Title

Area Manager

Job Summary

Under limited supervision, performs routine tasks related to the operation of a water/wastewater treatment facility. Responsible for maintaining plant compliance with EPA standards and state water Commission. Assists with training of other personnel and leading work crews. Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes and works cooperatively to provide quality seamless utility service. Works with AM and RM to ensure continuity of processes, goals and vision of UI.

Essential Functions

  • Oversees the operation and maintenance of water/wastewater treatment equipment, ensuring compliance with state and federal environmental protection limits.
  • Oversees the organization and delegation of team tasks.
  • Develops and maintains operational records and prepares reports in compliance with regulatory standards.
  • Oversees sampling and testing systems, and the functionality of pumps, conveyors, blowers and other equipment.
  • Installs and repairs pumps, motors, valves and piping; diagnoses, repairs and clarifies aeration equipment, ion exchange bins, filtration equipment and other major apparatuses.
  • Monitors and samples well and groundwater upon entry to the system. Adjusts treatment levels when non-standard variances are detected. Samples water prior to exiting system.
  • Detects and reports atypical conditions, such as: identifying damaged, malfunctioning and tampered meters, detecting and reporting leaks, high/low consumption, exposed wiring and other safety hazards.
  • Cleans and maintains treatment plant, pumping stations and wells. Conducts ongoing repairs to equipment, or shuts down equipment for more extensive maintenance and repair, activating alternate equipment as needed. Requests services of outside maintenance vendor for major repairs and overhauls.
  • Activates pumps, valves and other processing equipment to move water through various treatment processes. Disposes of waste materials removed from water in line with Company procedures and government controls.
  • Implements emergency procedures in the event of overflow or spill of chemicals or unpurified water. Follows safety protocol and notifies local emergency responders.
  • Adds chemicals to water by predetermined formula. Maintains minimum inventory levels of these materials.
  • Reads and interprets meters and gauges on central control panel, or at individual machines or stages in the treatment process. Adjusts controls as needed. Retrieves computer reports on treatment process.
  • Prepares reports and maintains logs on meter readings, tests, chemical and equipment usage, and all other recordkeeping requirements; maintains various Company records and other reports as required by the state.
  • Back-washes filters and basins; handles chlorine in a safe, effective manner; assures proper working order of chlorine-related equipment.
  • Ensures regulatory compliance and adherence to Company policies and standards.
  • Coordinates construction and excavation involved in system repairs; estimates required labor and materials; identifies equipment needed for all projects; orders necessary parts.
  • Maintains a safe working environment and reports safety concerns to Area Manager.
  • Trains personnel in the areas of laboratory analysis, operations and maintenance procedures, as well as compliance to Company policies and procedures.
  • Ensures all operators are equipped with necessary tools, parts and safety equipment to work effectively.
  • Stays abreast of Federal, State and local regulations and environmental guidelines regarding water/wastewater treatment and distribution.
  • Constant, independent travel daily between worksites on Company time.
  • Must work On-Call in rotation as scheduled; responds to emergency situations as required.

Additional Responsibilities

  • May assist with training personnel on safety procedures.
  • Assists with overseeing and inspections of local construction projects.
  • Assists with the development of short and long term plans for operation of facilities, including contingency plans as well as plant and equipment removal/replacement.
  • Assists with the design and construction of extension and improvement projects.
  • Provides on-site customer communication.
  • Acts as liaison between the customers and customer service. 
  • Responds to requests and inquiries from the general public.
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless utility service.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Computer Skills

Required: MS Word, Excel; ability to learn internal software programs

Preferred: Outlook, Internet Explorer

Additional Skills

  • Ability to work independently and under limited supervision.
  • Demonstrates initiative to take on new tasks.
  • Ability to mentor and guide co-workers to increase skill level, morale and efficiency.
  • Ability to motivate others in pursuit of Company goals.
  • Ability to read meters, charts and gauges and accurately maintain records of plant operations.
  • Ability to read and comprehend written technical information and to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to review, classify, categorize, prioritize and/or analyze data.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and prepare and submit accurate reports.
  • Ability to perform mathematical equations to determine chemical doses required for flow rates and proper treatment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers and regulatory agencies.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools and/or materials used in performing essential functions.

Education

Required: HS Diploma or GED

Certifications/Licenses

Currently holds the minimum licensing in order to be responsible operator in charge per state regulation, or holds the minimum licensing to be classified as an Operator II with the ability to attain minimum licensing to be responsible operator in charge within 1 year of employment; must maintain a valid driver’s license.

Experience

Requires a minimum of 5 years progressive experience working in utility management or the utility industry. Requires knowledge and experience in the operations, maintenance and processes of water/wastewater treatment; knowledge of the controls, instrumentation and mechanical equipment in the utility industry; knowledge of standard practices, terminology and safety standards in the utility industry; thorough knowledge of local, state and Federal water/wastewater regulations; knowledge and experience with the materials and chemicals used in these treatment processes.

Physical Demands

Moderate to heavy physical demands, including lifting (75 lbs.), walking (10+ miles daily), climbing and mechanical repair.

Equipment Used

Handheld and/or Blackberry, laptop; water/wastewater facility equipment and machinery including pumps, aerators, chemical feed equipment, booster pumps, etc.; jack hammer and other construction equipment; operates and oversees the use of heavy equipment, including agricultural sludge spreaders; operates a Company issued motor vehicle.

Travel Required

Within service area.

Shift

May include weekend scheduling; on-call, emergency call duty and paid overtime may be required. Requires 24 hour responsiveness to various situations.

Additional Comments

This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as desired.

 

 
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