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North Park Public Water District
Machesney Park, Illinois, United States (on-site)
6 hours ago

Description

SUMMARY

Operates and maintains a 3.6 MGD ground water facility, four production wells, 10 booster pumping stations, and 6 elevated storage tanks. Performs various laboratory tests and analysis as required for effective operation of the facility for both water quantity and quality.  Under general direction, the Water Production System Operator operates, maintains and repairs control systems, wells and pumping plants; including treatment plants, and performs other related duties as required. Operates, evaluates and monitors controls that maintain adequate water supply for seasonal and daily consumptive requirements; Performs preventative maintenance on District equipment, machinery and control systems related to wells, pumping stations, treatment plants, chemical pumps, and SCADA systems; Repairs, cleans and adjusts electrical control systems, mechanical equipment, hydraulic control valves, pump control valves and various instrumentations; takes water samples for testing; performs basic laboratory analysis; maintains records relating to the operation, performance, maintenance and production of municipal water systems; maintains, repairs and adjusts chlorination equipment.   Individuals in this classification are subject to after-hours; weekend and emergency response call out. Performs other related duties as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the major tasks performed within this classification.   It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class.  The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.  Specific tasks on a day-to-day basis will reflect the overall areas of expertise for this position.

  • Operates and monitors all processing equipment and machinery;
  • Maintains computerized operational control of elevated storage tanks, ground storage tanks, incline booster stations, pump stations and metering stations;
  • Initiates changes in operation as determined through calculations and monitoring of processing variables, test procedures and independent judgement of varying factors.
  • Maintains quality processing records, including water flows, chemical dosage, laboratory analysis, and various other facility operations.
  • Effects routine maintenance (repairs and cleaning) of all buildings/structures, equipment, fans and blowers; includes but is not limited to conducting routine inspections, making mechanical repairs/adjustments and overhauling pumps, reduction gear, and variable speed drive units.
  • Performs various laboratory tests and analysis required for effective operation of the water treatment facility (Ph/alkalinity, chlorine residual, fluoride residual, and other routine samples); handles calibration of associated test equipment and collection and monitoring of sampling results and data.
  • Provides after-hours and weekend emergency phone response, if needed.
  • Monitors treatment/supply processes by utilizing SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), systems and visual observation of process equipment (pumps, chemical feeders, filters, flocculators, rapid mixers, instruments, and air compressors).
  • Ensures quality and process control by laboratory analysis and chemical dosage rate adjustments as well as taking bacteria samples along various stages of treatment.
  • Calibrates equipment; and adjusts chemical feeds/flows.
  • Conducts safety inspections.
  • Assists in unloading and storage of treatment process chemicals.
  • Monitors high service pumping of treated water to the distribution system to ensure appropriate system pressure and elevated storage tank level to meet consumer demand.
  • Adjusts production rate and coordinates with other operators to match demand requirements of the overall system.
  • Performs laboratory analysis; gathers samples; and maintains lab instruments.
  • Keeps records of operations.
  • Maintains equipment (greasing, inspecting, and rebuilding equipment)
  • Enters data (such as lab results).
  • Performs other related job duties as assigned.
  • Maintain equipment, tools and spare parts inventory for water supply operations
  • Investigation of customer complaints as they relate to water quality
  • Understands and enforces strict safety practices in all water supply operations activities.
  • Prepare necessary reports and record keeping for production, quality control and maintenance of water supply operations and facilities
  • Advises the Operations Manager with trouble shooting operations problems, planning, budgeting systems expertise and general coordination.
  • Maintains all sampling data and information for trending and tracking of results.
  • Prepares recommendations for preventative maintenance or future capital improvements for the Production System.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • methods, materials, practices and equipment generally used in the construction; maintenance and operation of water production systems;
  • chemical processes;
  • various laboratory tests, federal, state and local operating regulations;
  • basic operation and maintenance of various plant equipment;
  • plant SCADA systems;
  • occupational hazards and safety protocols;
  • basic laboratory methods; and principles and methods of hydraulics; 
  • Rules, regulations, and environmental laws pertaining to water utilities from State and Federal sources;

Ability to:

  • understand and take seriously the public health, environmental and financial ramifications of being negligent in his or her duties.
  • comply with all rules in the District Personnel Handbook and all State, Federal and Local environmental laws.
  • anticipate and project need for procedural or operational changes.
  • maintain records and prepare reports;
  • operate and maintain a variety of technical and maintenance equipment safely;
  • work shifts, weekends and during emergency conditions;
  • work effectively with other employees and the general public;
  • communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • use a personal computer for report preparation and record keeping;
  • understand and research technical changes pertaining to water quality;
  • perform work accurately and thoroughly.
  • follow instructions, safety practices and standard operating procedures (protocols) in performing assigned tasks.
  • learn and apply basic knowledge of water purification equipment processes, controls, instrumentation, and hydraulics.
  • interpret charts, flow diagrams, maintenance manuals and instructions.
  • work effectively with limited supervision; follow oral and written communications.
  • respond appropriately in emergency situations as needed.
  • distinguish different colors to read and interpret lab equipment and fluids.
  • be punctual and attend work regularly.
  • retain organized and accessible documents and records.

Skills in:

  • use of personal computer including Microsoft Office, Open Office or similar word processing programs, e-mail, and the internet.
  • use of various sampling procedures and devices.

Education and Experience: 

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Two-years experience in the operation and maintenance of water production systems and/or treatment plants. Equivalent to graduation from high school supplemented by specialized training in water treatment methods and practices. 

License and Certificates: 

Possession of a valid, Class C Illinois motor vehicle operator's license and a satisfactory driving record are required at the time of hire and as a continuing condition of employment. Possession of a valid Illinois Class “A”, “B”, or “C” Water Operator’s License or higher designation at time of hire.

Physical Requirements: 

Requires some physical effort including bending, stooping, climbing and lifting items weighing 20-100 lbs. Tasks are occasionally performed in inclement weather.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 68062163
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Machesney Park, Illinois, United States
  • Company Name For Job: North Park Public Water District
  • Position Title: Water Production Operator
  • Job Function: Water Supply Operations
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: H.S. Diploma/Equivalent
  • Min Experience: 2-3 Years
  • Required Travel: None
  • Salary: $24.63 - $39.51 (Hourly Wage)

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