NM Certified Wastewater Operator II

Company: Souder, Miller & Associates
Date Posted: January 27, 2021
Job Description:

SMA Operations, LLC is recruiting for Level II Certified Water and Wastewater Operators for facilities located in Northern New Mexico.  All full-time positions are eligible for benefits (medical, dental, vision, life, FSA and 401k).

Under general supervision, performs a variety of skilled technical duties and semi-skilled labor in the operation and maintenance of a 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 or Wastewater Operator Certification III from the New Mexico Certification Program, meeting minimum qualifications and satisfactory job performance.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

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.
  • 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, called back, held over or work assigned shifts as needed, including being fit and able to respond to call-ins in a timely manner.
  • Performs other duties as required.

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.

Job Requirements

The minimum qualifications for this position are:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • New Mexico Level II certification in Water or Wastewater.
  • Two years’ experience in operating water/wastewater treatment plants.
  • Possess a valid Class A or Class B CDL with no major infractions in the past 3 years.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 40 pounds.
  • Ability to pass a general physical exam.
  • Two years' experience operating water/wastewater treatment plants.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of computer software including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, data management systems and be able to operate plant PLC’s and SCADA 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 water and wastewater treatment facilities.
Hiring Manager
Kennedy, Paul (Senior Engineer II - General Civil)
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