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Plant Operator A - Production and Pumping (1st or 2nd Shift)

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Job Details
Job Order Number
11277812
Company Name
City of Wichita
Physical Address
1800 Museum Dr.
Wichita, KS 67203
Job Description

This is skilled work operating specialized equipment in the Water & Sewer Department’s automated water treatment plant. Data is acquired from local and remote sites via the Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA). A supervisor gives general directions on routine tasks and special instructions when changes are made in established procedures or emergency situations.

This position will include 1st or 2nd shift hours and could be 8 or 12 hours per day. 12 hour shifts are:
1st shift = 6 am to 6 pm
2nd shift = 6 pm to 6 am

Examples of Work Performed:

Operates specialized water treatment process equipment.
Operates the control center, which involves treatment and supply of drinking water from the source to the distribution system.
Monitors pumps, chemical storage facilities, chemical feed equipment, valves, and other flow control equipment through periodic physical and electronic (SCADA) inspections; Performs process equipment calibrations; monitors and maintains status of feed equipment and makes adjustments as needed; collects samples and/or conducts process control analyses; backwashes filter and maintains filter function; regulates flow and monitors treatment processes; computes chemical dosages, adjusts chemical feed machines, and changes filtration rates; performs routine chemical analysis and records results.
Monitors day and night telephone lines and radio transmissions and responds to customer calls.
Identifies and evaluates system problems and communicates with those responsible for corrective action.
Monitors and responds to computerized alarms from complex plant systems and dispatches department crews when necessary.
Works with maintenance and electronics staff on matters that relate to production.
Maintains production records in electronic database.
Completion of work assignments requires operation of a vehicle.
These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive.
Other related duties and responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Requirements of Work:

Thorough knowledge of the principles of specialized water treatment operations
Knowledge of the functions and mechanics of pumps, chemical analyzers, and other equipment used in a
water treatment plant
Ability to tolerate exposure to airborne environmental nuisances associated with open grounds, exposure to chemicals used in water treatment, exposure to adverse weather conditions, and equipment and machinery noise (with the use of earplugs).
Ability to monitor, evaluate and respond to SCADA information
Ability to walk short distances multiple times per shift and climb stairs and ladders and to bend, twist, push, pull and reach as necessary to evaluate equipment/instrumentation function
Ability to lift and carry up to 40 pounds
Ability to read and interpret technical manuals.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, employees of other departments and representatives of outside agencies
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
Ability to acquire and maintain a valid Kansas driver’s license
Ability to acquire and maintain a Kansas Class IV Water Supply System Operator certification within two years of employment
An employee shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.

Required Experience and Training:

Position requires a high school diploma or G.E.D, plus at least one year of experience in water treatment and supply system operations. An equivalent combination of education, experience and training may be considered. Offers of employment are contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical which includes drug screening, and upon satisfactory evaluation of the results of a criminal record check.


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