Water O&M Tech II
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
Laurel, Maryland, US
2d ago

General Summary

The Water O&M Tech II performs routine and moderately complex work in the operation and maintenance of water treatment plant, equipment, and facilities on a rotating shift assignment basis.

Essential Functions

In addition to performing tasks and functions that may normally be assigned to lower level O&M Techs, the following functions are unique to those at the O&M Technician II level :

  • Coordinates work and trains less experienced staff during shift operations or performance of major tasks
  • Closely monitors and controls water treatment processes and equipment through SCADA system Human Machine Interface (HMI)
  • Coordinates water treatment chemical deliveries to ensure offloading to appropriate storage tanks with adequate capacities including such chemicals as polyaluminum chloride, hydrofluosilicic acid, sulfuric acid, lime phosphoric acid, potassium permanganate, powdered activated carbon, ferric chloride, sodium carbonate, polymers, sulfur dioxide and sodium bisulfite
  • Oversees the unloading and change out of chlorine tanks; inspects chlorine building; loads and unloads chlorine cylinders;
  • connects cylinders to main manifold line and checks for leaks while ensuing appropriate safety equipment is in use at all times

  • Troubleshoots abnormal conveyance system and treatment process operations and conditions
  • Performs preventive action to avoid process upsets caused by unusual circumstances, loss of power and abnormal plant operations
  • Other Functions

  • In the absence of the superintendent or the operator in responsible charge, makes operational decisions based on directives from the superintendent, operator in charge or standard operating procedures
  • Regulates valves, observes flow gauges, and performs calculations
  • Maintains handwritten and computerized records, fills in reports, and keeps a daily log of plant operations
  • Performs extensive repairs to pumps and purification equipment and repairs pneumatic and hydraulic control systems
  • Operates and maintains process control instrumentation
  • Operates and troubleshoots process equipment for valve operation, pump start, backwash flow rates, and gravity filters
  • Monitors, calibrates and maintains chemical feed systems including disinfection processes, UV systems, chlorinators and chlorinator vacuum systems
  • Uses TEAMS / CMMS to perform administrative tasks such as closing out work orders, maintenance and routine work requests
  • Performs other related duties as required
  • Work Environment And Physical Demands

    May be required to lift up to 25lbs.

    Required Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of water treatment process and procedures involving chemical dosing, water characteristics and UV operation
  • Knowledge of the function and servicing of mechanical equipment
  • Ability to gain knowledge of WSSC Water’s distribution system and the effect of abnormal conditions on the treatment plant
  • Ability to understand and effectively give direction both verbally and written to team members
  • Ability to recognize normal and abnormal conditions of equipment and process
  • Ability to perform routine mathematical calculations and chemical analysis
  • Ability to generate reports and update station log books, diaries and inspections
  • Ability to effectively convey information both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to demonstrate normal color perception; hear audible alarms and abnormal equipment noises
  • Ability to visually inspect equipment and processes any time of day or night
  • Knowledge of processes and associated sciences (math, chemistry, biology)
  • Intermediate computer skills using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Ability to use internal computerized software
  • Minimum Education, Experience Requirements

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • 4+ years or 7,200 hours of experience as an operator at a water treatment class 4 plant in Maryland or another state for which reciprocity is determined by the Maryland Board of Waterworks and Waste Systems Operators
  • Additional Requirements

  • Mandatory overtime may be required
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license with no more than 4 points and ability to obtain a
  • WSSC Water driver’s permit within 90 days of hire or transfer date

  • Possession of a fully-certified operator license issued by the Maryland Water Board or obtain a temporary license within 30 days of employment or transfer
  • A valid Water Sampler’s license issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment must also be attained and maintained within 3 months of employment
  • Employee is considered to be an essential and emergency employee; and therefore, must report to work as scheduled under all weather conditions
  • Must be able to work off shifts in support of 24 7 365 operations
  • Preferences

  • College courses in chemistry, mathematics, biology or related subjects
  • Mechanical and or plumbing experience
  • Salary

    $27.90-$33.14 plus shift differential EEO Statement


    It is the policy of the Commission to select new employees and to promote current employees without regard to race, sexual orientation, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, or handicap.

    The Commission does not discriminate against qualified individuals with a disability and will make reasonable accommodation for any disability that does not result in undue hardship for the Commission.

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