The Chemist conducts a variety of quantitative and qualitative chemical, microbiological, and physical analyses on drinking water and wastewater in order to meet regulatory, quality control, and process control monitoring requirements. This position is responsible for monitoring wastewater and drinking water treatment chemicals and filtration and oversees the low lift storage and transmission of wastewater and drinking water as conditions and abilities warrant. This position requires progressive responsibility, knowledge, and skill regarding water treatment, monitoring regulations, administrative duties, and the production of regulatory reports.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Perform chemical, microbiological, toxicological, and physical analyses that include reagent and media preparation, instrument operation, calibration, maintenance checks, and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC).
- Collect field samples.
- Contribute to the record-keeping and reporting (both electronically and hardcopy) of laboratory data, regulatory reporting, Monthly Operations Report, plant meetings, etc.
- Validate accurate readings from inline meters, particle counters, analyzer reagent change/replenishment, and verify local readings against sample analyses.
- Monitor and control water treatment chemical processes and maintain regulatory compliance.
- Solve difficult technical problems, devise solutions and apply new methods to water and wastewater treatment and laboratory analyses.
- Participate in laboratory certification preparation and renewal.
- Maintain a clean lab.
- 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:
- Purchase laboratory supplies, equipment, consumables, and chemicals.
- Participate in the chlorine leak response team.
- Contribute to laboratory and safety training.
- Perform related work duties as assigned.
The Chemist – Level 3 may be required to perform team coordination activities within the functional unit.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Standard laboratory techniques and practices
- Drinking water regulations and regulatory compliance
- Water and wastewater treatment chemical processes
- Safety standards in water and wastewater treatment plants
- Develop standard operating procedures
- Contribute to the record-keeping and reporting
- Use laboratory instruments for treatment analysis of water and wastewater
- Use advanced technology
- Conduct precise observations
- Take and verify accurate readings against sample analyses
- Work with limited oversight
- Become an expert in all drinking water and wastewater laboratory analyses and water treatment
- Use Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
- Troubleshoot, recognize and resolve problems
- Effectively utilize appropriate security and safety equipment and procedures
- Maintain regular and reliable attendance
- 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 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 work as a team member
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (position requirements at entry):
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in chemistry or related science
- Must obtain a Michigan F3 license or Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator D Certification within two (2) years of Level 1 designation
- Meet all requirements to advance to a Chemist Level 2 within five (5) years of Level 1 designation
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, 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, 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 work in confined spaces.
Employees will also be required to pass a 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 their hands to handle, feel or operate the equipment.
Environmental Working Requirements:
Work is performed at the plants. Work may be performed near open water, systems with hazardous chemicals that are acidic, highly corrosive, heat-producing, and potentially explosive. Work may be performed in confined spaces, hazardous areas that require respiratory protection and personal protective equipment (PPE), and under slippery and wet conditions.
Valid Michigan Driver’s License