Certified NM Water Operator II

Company: Souder, Miller & Associates
Date Posted: August 8, 2019
Job Description:

Souder, Miller & Associates (SMA)- Voted one of the Top Work Places  in New Mexico for the last four years.  SMA is an employee owned company, providing a team of employees dedicated to the betterment of our clients, our communities,  and most of all our employees.  With more than 200 Staff, 14 offices, and over 30 years of service, SMA has provided technical expertise for a wide range of consulting services, including civil, environmental services and surveying.  

Equal Employment Opportunity 
Equal Employment Opportunity is the corporate and personal philosophy of the Company, its managers and owners. It is the policy of SMA to afford equal employment to qualified individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, gender identity, spousal affiliation or veteran status, and to conform to all applicable laws and regulations. The Company is fully committed to this concept and all personnel are expected to actively participate in the implementation of these policies.     

We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform random drug screens.  Driving records are also monitored monthly. 
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SMA Operations, LLC is recruiting for Certified Level II Water Operators in Las Vegas, NM.

Under general supervision, performs a variety of skilled technical duties and semi-skilled labor in the operation and maintenance of the City’s water or wastewater treatment plant; performs adjustments and repairs to plant equipment; collects and documents samples for laboratory testing; and performs a variety of related duties as assigned. 

Plant Operator II – This is the full journey-level class within the Plant Operator series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Plant Operator I by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this class series are flexibly staffed and positions at the Plant Operator II level are normally filled by advancement from the Plant Operator I level. This class is distinguished from the Plant Operator III in that the latter assumes lead supervisory responsibility over lower level staff. Advancement to the Plant Operator III level is based on successfully obtaining the Water Operator Systems III from the New Mexico Certification Program, meeting minimum qualifications and satisfactory job performance.

The ideal candidate will possess the following in addition to those listed below:

New Mexico Level II certification in Wastewater.

Two years’ experience operating water/wastewater treatment plants. 

Possess a valid Class A or Class B CDL.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of water treatment plant operations; operating principles of valves, pumps, and motors; principles and methods of arsenic removal and analyses; effects and problems of industrial waste in water treatment processes; safe work practices.

Knowledge of computer operations and ability to enter data into computer spreadsheets and/or data management systems. 

Must have general knowledge of heavy equipment operation such as but not limited to: Backhoe, loader, and farm tractors. 

Ability to operate all hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical equipment used in wastewater treatment plant operations.

Working Conditions:
Subject to adverse weather conditions, fumes, toxic agents and hazards associated in the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plants.

Other Requirements: This class description lists examples of duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbents may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job related knowledge and skills.


  • Establishes and maintains effective sample procedures of plant operations and effluent.
  • Diagnoses operating problems; directs and performs necessary corrective action during work shift.
  • Makes process control adjustments, reads gauges and meters, records data, prepares necessary shift log reports.
  • Prepares required reports and maintains complete record keeping procedures
  • Performs operations and maintenance activities including collecting samples and performing routine laboratory tests and analyses.
  • Directs, assigns and trains employees.
  • Maintains discipline and ensures proper procedures are followed.
  • Determines proper chemical flow rates.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work.
  • Performs Level I tasks as necessary.
  • Ability and willingness to work on-call shifts, as requested, must be willing to work off-hours, night, weekend and holiday shifts. Must be willing to be on call (standby), called back, held over or work assigned shifts as needed, including being fit and able to respond to call-ins in a timely manner. *Standby duty will be from Friday to Friday, which includes weekends and holidays.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • New Mexico Level II certification in Water.
  • Possess a valid Class C or Class B CDL with no major infractions in the past 3 years
  • Knowledge of computer software including but not limited to Microsoft Office, data management systems and be able to operate plat PLC's and SCADA systems.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools employed in the general operation of engines, pumps, valves, motors, and related equipment; general maintenance work; safe work practices.
  • Principles and methods of biological and chemical sewage analyses, effects and problems of industrial waste in water/wastewater treatment processes.
  • Ability to operate hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical equipment used in water and wastewater treatment facility operations.
  • A minimum of two years' experience in operating water and/or wastewater treatment plants.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 40 pounds.
  • Ability to pass a general physical exam.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of operating valves, pumps, and motors; safe work practices.
  • Must have general knowledge of heavy equipment operation to include: backhoe, loader and farm tractors.

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Wellness Program
  • 401(k)
  • Professional Development
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Personal Leave
  • Maternity and Paternity Leave
  • Jury Duty Pay