Career Opportunities



Chief Plant Operator

Job Code: 67
Salary Range: $31.31-$39.96 per hour


Description

 

Chief Plant Operator

                                                                       

Salary Range:    

 

 

35 Basic ($31.31-$39.96per hour),  FLSA Non-Exempt

 

Benefits:

 

The City of Coalinga provides health, vision, and dental insurance for eligible City employees at no cost to the employee. Employees can choose between a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) or Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plan. Employees may also elect to enroll their spouses, registered domestic partners and/or dependents into the health plan, in which the City will pay 65% of the premium.

Employees receive a City-paid $50,000 life insurance policy.

Retirement:

The City of Coalinga offers a CalPERS retirement plan with a formula of 2% at 62 for employees hired after January 1, 2013 (2% at 55 for Classic members).

Additional Benefits:

Employees accrue 10+ days of vacation and 12 sick days per year. The City also observes 12 paid holidays.

 

Basic Function:

 

Under the direction of the Public Works and Utilities Director, responsible for the treatment, purveyance, and storage of potable water supply and staffing and planning to insure compliance with all regulations related to drinking water.  Responsible for the operation and maintenance of the water and wastewater treatment plant. Prepares all reports required by various regulatory agencies.  Responsible to assist with budget preparation, purchasing and all record keeping required for the operation of the water and wastewater utilities.  Supervises and trains all water and wastewater personnel to ensure compliance with the Department of Health Services and Regional Water Quality Control Board regulations guidelines and recommendations.

Representative Duties:

 

  • Evaluates real time operational and historic data to determine optimal flow rates, chemical feed rates, filter backwash scheduling, and all other parameters needed in the operation of the water treatment, transmission and reservoir systems.
  • Monitors all applicable water quality parameters to insure that EPA and DHS quality standards are being met at all times in treatment and distribution systems.
  • Maintains daily records of events, equipment maintenance and repair needed in the daily operation of the water and wastewater utilities for the purpose of reporting and operational planning.
  • Evaluates operational expenses to insure efficiency in the use of operations budget.
  • Coordinates the employee safety program for water and wastewater utilities.
  • Oversees in-house water quality testing for water and wastewater facilities to insure that testing and reporting regulations are met. Reviews outside laboratory and testing reports to determine if water quality is satisfactory, and directs treatment process changes to adapt to changes in raw water quality.
  • Oversees and ensures the completion and submission of all State required sampling and testing.
  • Takes water samples and makes standardized laboratory tests, such as tests for pH, turbidity          and fluoride concentration. Does field testing for chlorine residual, temperature, pH and additional tests as needed. 
  • Supervises the training of new operators.
  • Directs the response to water quality complaints.
  • Makes presentations to the public and the City Council for water and wastewater   utilities.
  • Carries out daily pre-job inspection of equipment and vehicles; performs other regular safety, maintenance, and cleanliness checks as required.
  • Guides individuals or groups of visitors through the plant, explaining plant operations and functions and all applicable state and federal regulations governing the operation of water and wastewater treatment plants.
  • Completes written and computer generated reports.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and

Abilities:

Knowledge of:

Operation of water filtration plants, distribution systems, wastewater treatment facilities and collection system; the use of computers for the  purpose of accessing and evaluating data needed to make operational decisions, planning and budgeting;  treatment processes involved in the daily operations of the water filtration and distribution system; all applicable federal and state regulations governing the operation and quality needed to ensure regulatory compliance; safe work habits and all hazardous material(s), electrical and mechanical safety procedures; the operating principles of valves, pumps screens, chemical feed systems, etc. as needed to properly operate treatment processes.
 


Skill and Ability to:

Independently operate the water filtration plant and distribution system wastewater treatment plant and collections system; read and interpret system plans and schematics; evaluate real time operational and historic data; perform minor and major plant repair work using a variety of tools; read and interpret gauges and recording devices; diagnose operating problems and take effective courses of action; lead crew for all daily tasks encountered in the operation of a water and wastewater utility; conduct guided tours of the plant; train new operators; communicate effectively; interact with the public to create a positive atmosphere with regard to water and wastewater quality, treatment and testing procedures; be highly competent in Excel worksheets; work flexible work schedules, weekends, overtime and scheduled standby time as needed and during emergency work situations.

Education and Experience:

 

Education:     

High school diploma or equivalent. 

 

Experience

Five (5) years of responsible experience in the supervision, operations and maintenance of a surface water treatment plant and distribution system; experience in wastewater treatment and collections systems.         

Licenses:     

 

Valid State of California Drivers License; must be insurable under the City’s insurance policy without any additional premiums or costs being incurred by the City.

 

Certifications:

Possession of Grade T4 Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate and a      Grade D3 Water Distribution Operator Certificate issued by the State of         California Department of Health Services; and possession of Grade 2              Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the State of California

 

Other:

 

Must be a U.S. citizen or Legal Resident Alien; pass a background investigation and a physical examination including a drug test; and be bondable.

Required Material:

 

  1. City of Coalinga Employment Application: www.coalinga.com.

 

  1. Resume

 

  1. Cover letter

 

  1. College transcripts, course/training certificates (if applicable)

 

Application Deadline:

 

Open Until Filled

 

Notes:

 

Minimum Qualifications and required material must be met/received by the last day of the filing period.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that all required material has been received.

 

Faxed applications will not be accepted.

 

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

 

Resumes submitted in lieu of a completed City of Coalinga Employment Application will not be accepted.

 

All communication and correspondence from the City of Coalinga will be sent to the applicant via electronic communication to the email address provided by the applicant on the submitted employment application.

 

The City of Coalinga is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, pregnancy, age, disability, or covered veteran’s status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self disclose.

 

 

Required Material: Employment Application, Resume, Cover Letter, Applicable Certificates, College Transcripts
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Minimum Qualifications and required material must be met/received by the last day of the filing period. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that all required material has been received.

Faxed applications will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will be not be accepted.

The City of Coalinga is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, pregnancy, age, disability, or covered veteran’s status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self disclose.

All communication and correspondence from the City of Coalinga will be sent to the applicant via electronic communication to the email address provided by the applicant on the submitted employment application.





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