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10100 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214, USA Req #133
Thursday, February 25, 2021
When you work at Great Lakes Water Authority, you help make a difference in the environment and in your local community.
“One water, one team” is more than just a phrase, it’s a way of doing business. Here, you don’t work for GLWA, you work with GLWA. We are racing toward a shared goal to become the region’s most-trusted, high-quality water and wastewater resource.
The Water Technician performs duties in water plant operations including chemical analysis and treatment, process operation and maintenance of plant equipment.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Operate basic water treatment plant equipment and processes to continually monitor plant-wide operations. Take equipment and process readings at various locations throughout the plant. Load and unload chemicals, polymers, and other materials manually and using motorized equipment. Collect and perform tests on water samples. Perform preventative maintenance on plant equipment. Maintain various records and prepare reports. Perform shift work which includes all day, afternoon, night, weekend and holiday assignments. Wear personal protective equipment (PPE). A valid Michigan Driver’s License and the ability to drive a motor vehicle on all terrain. Follow security and safety policies and procedures in carrying out work duties. Provide on the job training.
RELATED JOB FUNCTIONS:
Regularly inspect the working condition and maintain the cleanliness of equipment and surrounding areas. Clean light fixtures replace lamps and bulbs. Communicate problems to team leader or members. Assist with clearing snow in emergency situations. Conduct plant tours and deliver other presentations as needed. Perform related work duties as assigned.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: The Water Technician – Level 4 may be required to perform team coordination activities within the functional unit.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Various stages of water treatment: low lift pumping, chemical feed systems, flocculation, and sedimentation, ozonation, filtration, chlorination, high lift pumping and residuals processing
- Methods, tools, and materials used in buildings and grounds maintenance and repair work
- Occupational hazards and safety precautions of facility maintenance and repair
- Methods, tools, and materials used in the diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of plant equipment
- Equipment, operations, practices, and safety precautions relevant to the treatment and disposal of water
- Monitor automated control systems, query, and generate work orders
- Maintain various databases and automated records
- Take accurate measurements and keep clear and organized records
- Use and care of a variety of hand, power, pneumatic and motorized tools to perform facility and equipment maintenance and repair work
- Use basic technology
- Effectively monitor and coordinate water plant operational activities
- Accurately read gauges charts and meters
- Analyze, diagnose, and perform corrective action on DCS alarms
- Effectively utilize appropriate security and safety equipment and procedures
- Maintain regular and reliable attendance
- Make arithmetic computations
- Read and interpret schematics
- Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
- Understand and follow verbal and written instructions
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
- Communicate frequently with the team members and other units across the Organization about process, equipment, or potential problems
- Develop proficiency in unit specific operations and software
- Direct team activities or to work as a team member
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (position requirements at entry)
- Associate’s degree in science, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field
- Minimum of one (1) year of general laboring, treatment plant operations, mechanical maintenance and repair, facilities maintenance or electrical repair work or equivalent training in a related field
- Michigan F4 license within two (2) years of Level 1 designation
- Meet all the requirements to advance to Water Technician Level 2 within one (1) year of obtaining Michigan F4 license
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
This position requires the ability to climb, bend, twist, carry, stack, hit, push, pull and other efforts requiring considerable physical strength. This position also requires the ability to lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, walk, stand, or work for long periods of time, demonstrate normal color perception, hear audible alarms, detect abnormal equipment sounds, visually inspect equipment and processes at any time of the day or night. Employees will be required to wear respiratory protection and other personal protective equipment; perform scaffold, confined space, elevated and underground work. Employees will also be required to pass a bio-mechanical physical and vision test, yearly baseline physical and fit test for respirator/Self Contained Breathing Apparatus. While performing the duties of this position, employees are regularly required to use hands to handle, feel or operate equipment.
Environmental Working Requirements:
Work is performed at the plants. This position requires the ability to work in all conditions involving exposure to outside elements and seasonal weather. Work may be performed near open water, systems with hazardous chemicals that are acidic, highly corrosive, heat producing and potentially explosive. The noise level in this work environment is usually loud. Work may be performed in confined spaces, hazardous areas that require respiratory protection and personal protective equipment (PPE), and under slippery and wet conditions.
Level Progression Requirements: See Water Technician Job Progression Chart
- Valid Michigan Driver’s License
- Ability to work irregular hours, to commute to GLWA facilities and work sites
We are all strategic partners on the path to becoming a Utility of the Future, and GLWA prioritizes the selection of highly talented, well-qualified individuals to help us get there.
We are dedicated to expertly delivering the nation’s best water and wastewater services to southeast Michigan. We offer competitive pay and the starting wage or salary, if hired, is variable. Factors such as your proven hard and soft skills, your level of education, history in the sector or industry, and meaningful work experience will all be evaluated.
We also offer an opportunity for advancement, on the job training, ongoing professional development, tuition assistance and a career in a sector that safeguards public health, supports and strengthen communities, and protects the environment.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.