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Plant Operator Trainee

Plant Operator Trainee

Job Details:

Grade: 7 ($15.49/hr or $32,219/yr)
, Annually
DEADLINE: 04/07/2020 04:00 PM

Job Description:

GENERAL DEFINITION OF WORK:

Responsible for assisting in the performance of general operational and maintenance duties as related to water and wastewater treatment plants. Daily and weekly job duties depend upon assignment area and require strict adherence to prescribed safety standards. Work is on a shift basis including weekends so as to control plant operations and maintain grounds and equipment. Employee receives supervision from the Treatment Plant Superintendent.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TYPICAL TASKS:

(These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

  1. Performs general operational tasks and routine process control testing.
  2. Assist in making process control change decisions to maintain compliance with discharge monitoring permit limitations within preset limitations for learning purposes.
  3. Assist in performing process control testing as instructed by the Treatment Plant Superintendent or Senior Plant Operator in the Treatment Plant Superintendents’s absence. Testing includes but is not limited to: COD, suspended solids, ammonia, C02, pH, D.O., turbidities, chlorine, hardness, alkalinity, iron and Acid/Alkalinity.
  4. Assist in evaluating and troubleshooting process controls and/or equipment failure problems as a learning process.
  5. Advise the Treatment Plant Superintendent or Senior Plant Operator in the Treatment Plant Superintendent’s absence when materials, chemicals and supplies for plant operations need to be ordered.
  6. Enter Monthly Operating Reports data into the Computer.
  7. Advise the Treatment Plant Superintendent or Senior Plant Operator in the Treatment Plant Superintendents absence of abnormal plant conditions.
  8. Respond to emergency call‑outs after normal working hours.
  9. Assist in the inspection of bearings, valves, seals, filters, pumps and motors and other mechanical and electrical equipment; lubricates, makes repairs, arranges for repair and replaces as necessary.
  10. Obtain and record equipment readings and materials processed readings.
  11. Complete required daily testing for plant. Record all test results on the appropriate forms.
  12. Assists in obtaining various samples at various stages and performs routine tests in the field and in the laboratory as required by State and Federal agencies and for proper operations of treatment plant(s).
  13. Perform routine daily preventive maintenance ‑ check oil levels and grease equipment.
  14. Assist in performing weekly and monthly maintenance as required by plant operation and maintenance manuals for each piece of equipment.
  15. Assist in maintaining equipment maintenance records. Inspect safety equipment monthly.
  16. Assist in performing minor equipment repairs.
  17. Change flow charts. Read Meters. Flush hydrants and exercise valves.
  18. Enforce Safety rules and regulations as adopted by the Department of Water Quality. Attend Safety training courses and seminars.
  19. Maintains appearance of all buildings, equipment and grounds in a neat and orderly fashion. This includes performing custodial duties, cutting grass and painting both buildings and equipment.
  20. Attend certification classes and take college classes to enhance job knowledge and keep updated on regulation changes.
  21. Assists collections, maintenance and distributions as required or assigned.
  22. Performs related work as required.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  1. Ability to learn technology and operate equipment associated with the treatment facility.
  2. Ability to learn skilled work in the operational and maintenance activities of wastewater and water treatment facilities.
  3. Knowledge of fundamental math.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  1. High School graduate.
  2. Maintenance, laboratory, plumbing and/or electrical experience preferred.

A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must have the use of sensory skills as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle or feel objects and controls. Must possess the ability to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of related equipment, such as, but not limited to basic hand tools, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine. Must be able to withstand significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, crawling, reaching, and handling, pushing, and pulling.  Must be able to lift 100 lbs. Worker is subject to atmospheric conditions, such as odors, noise, inside and outside environmental conditions.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to obtain the required Maryland Operator Certification for water or wastewater within four years of employment.

  1. Progression to Plant Operator (Grade 9) upon passing Maryland Class 5A Wastewater or Class 4 Water exam.
  2. Must obtain any other applicable certifications.
  3. Willingness to take part in progressive training that requires the applicant to work at multiple facilities.
  4. Position is considered an essential employee.

 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks.

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Job Application Information

Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic or veteran status, sexual orientation, or disability.

INSTRUCTIONS: Applications are only accepted for posted positions. All applicants must provide a complete application for each position.

For more information contact:
WASHINGTON COUNTY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
100 W. WASHINGTON ST., Room 2300
HAGERSTOWN, MD 21740-4735
Telephone: (240) 313-2350
Fax: (240) 313-2351
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Call 7-1-1 for MD Relay
Job Line: (240)-313-2359

APPLICANT INFORMATION
GENERAL QUESTIONS
If you have been employed with Washington County:
DRIVING RECORD
EDUCATION & TRAINING
If you have a GED (High School Equivalency Diploma):
Colleges Attended
Other Training (including business, trade, military, etc.)
GENERAL INFORMATION
INSTRUCTIONS: The information listed below must be completed by all applicants. Failure to complete this information truthfully may result in disqualification from consideration for County employment. Affirmative responses to these questions will not automatically exclude you from employment consideration. Applicants may attach additional sheets if necessary:
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

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PRE-EMPLOYMENT STATEMENT
READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING FORM

I certify that, if employed, I will produce documents to establish that I am legally able to work in the United States. I understand that a final employment offer is contingent upon completion of INS Form I-9 and receipt of acceptable documentation at the time of hire.

In the event that I am provided a conditional offer of employment, I consent to taking an employment physical examination to include an alcohol and drug screen and such future physical examinations as may be lawfully required by the County. I authorize the County to contact my previous employers, if necessary, and obtain employment information from them, and to further investigate the truthfulness of my application, including review of my motor vehicle record and such future periodic review as may be lawfully required by the County.

I certify that answers given herein are true to the best of my knowledge.

I understand further that any false answers or statements or misleading omissions made by me on this application, in any interview for employment, in connection with the above mentioned investigation, or in any physical examination shall be sufficient grounds for my rejection as a candidate for employment or for immediate discharge, if discovered after my hiring.

I AGREE THAT EMPLOYMENT WITH WASHINGTON COUNTY IS AN “AT-WILL” EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP. AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT MEANS THAT EITHER THE EMPLOYER OR THE EMPLOYEE MAY TERMINATE THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP AT ANY TIME FOR ANY REASON, WITH OR WITHOUT NOTICE, AND WITH OR WITHOUT CAUSE. I ALSO AGREE THAT NO REPRESENTATION BY ANY COUNTY OFFICIAL OR SUPERVISOR AND THAT NO PROVISION OF THE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK, ANY PERSONNEL REGULATION OR ANY OTHER EMPLOYMENT RELATED PRACTICE OR PROCEDURE, ORAL OR WRITTEN, SHALL BE EFFECTIVE TO CHANGE THE “AT-WILL” NATURE OF EMPLOYMENT WITH WASHINGTON COUNTY.

“UNDER MARYLAND LAW, AN EMPLOYER MAY NOT REQUIRE OR DEMAND, AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT, PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYMENT, OR CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT, THAT AN INDIVIDUAL SUBMIT TO OR TAKE A LIE-DETECTOR OR SIMILAR TEST. ANY EMPLOYER WHO VIOLATES THIS PROVISION IS GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR AND SUBJECT TO A FINE NOT TO EXCEED $100.”

APPLICANT DATA RECORD

Applicants are considered for all positions, and employees are treated during employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic or veteran status, sexual orientation, or disability.

As an employer, we comply with all government regulations and any applicable affirmative action responsibilities.

Solely to help us comply with any applicable government record keeping, reporting and other legal requirements, please fill out the Affirmative Action Survey below. We appreciate your cooperation.

This Affirmative Action Survey data, which you provide voluntarily, will be kept separate and confidential from this Application for Employment.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Government agencies require periodic reports on the sex, ethnicity, disability, and veteran status of applicants. This data is for analysis and affirmative action only.

RACE/ETHNIC IDENTIFICATION (Please check all that apply)

VETERAN IDENTIFICATION

Special Employment Notice to Disabled Veterans, Vietnam Era Veterans, and Individuals with Physical or Mental Handicaps

Government contractors are subject to 38 USC 2012 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974 which requires that they take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam Era, and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, which requires government contractors to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified handicapped individuals.

If you are a disabled veteran, or have a physical or mental handicap, you are invited to volunteer this information. This information will be treated as confidential. Failure to provide this information will not jeopardize or adversely affect your consideration for employment.

FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

I hereby provide consent to Washington County Board of Commissioners to conduct a full query of the FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse ( Clearinghouse) to determine whether drug or alcohol violation information about me exists in the Clearinghouse.

I understand that if the full query conducted by Washington County Board of Commissioners indicates that drug or alcohol violation information about me exists in the Clearinghouse, FMCSA will not disclose that information to Washington County Board of Commissioners without first obtaining additional specific consent from me.

I understand that Washington County Board of Commissioners will conduct annual limited queries as required by FMCSA.

I further understand that if I refuse to provide consent for Washington County Board of Commissioners to conduct a limited query of the Clearinghouse, Washington County Board of Commissioners must prohibit me from performing safety- sensitive functions, including driving a commercial motor vehicle, as required by FMCSA’ s drug and alcohol program regulations.

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