Job: Water Treatment Process Specialist

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City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces

The Treatment Process Specialist oversees management and the operation of complex water purification facility processes including maintenance, repair, installation, and design/control of unit treatment processes and associated equipment for Aurora Water Department.

Aurora Water Department
Aurora Water is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage systems, treatment of drinking water and non-potable reclaimed wastewater for irrigation, billing and collection, public outreach and water conservation, acquisition and development of future water rights, major capital projects programs, and quality control for regulatory compliance and public health. 

The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first come-first serve basis; as soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • As a lead worker, directs and advises work group on technical aspects of job assignment
  • Serves as the technical expert for the complex water purification facility processes , facility equipment, and responsible for monitoring process performance to determine whether or not the unit processes are meeting performance goals and operating per established technical standards
  • Continuously monitors and evaluates unit process performance and technical performance of complex equipment
  • Coordinates, assigns and tracks daily work activities for assigned area
  • Assists supervisor with employee performance management, employee development programs and training
  • Implements and maintains a comprehensive predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance program
  • Conducts specialized tests and inspections and advises other employees and contractors regarding results or issues
  • Develops and implements internal training program for operations staff.
  • Installs, calibrates, maintains, troubleshoots & repairs process on-line instrumentation and electronic/electro-mechanical equipment to insure proper operation
  • Maintains and troubleshoots computerized process control equipment such as PLC's, RTU's and system devices, troubleshoots control system and electrical power system failures in plants, operates, maintains, and inspects complex equipment and systems
  • Performs troubleshooting on complex water treatment processes and equipment
  • Maintains inventory of critical spare parts and supplies
  • Operates specialized equipment related to assigned function
  • Create and fill work orders for tasks; provide technical support for all emergency/after-hours work that requires troubleshooting and corrective action
  • Develops and updates standard operating procedures
  • Creates and maintains records, blueprints, and maps of maintenance and repair activities
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. The hiring department may include job related experience, training, education or license and certification preferences at the time of recruitment. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education:  Bachelor's Degree in Water Treatment Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Engineering, or another related field preferred.
Experience:  At least 4 years progressively responsible experience in unit treatment process analysis or industrial plant maintenance such as water treatment plants, industrial facilities, or manufacturing, including repair and troubleshooting of electronic process control equipment, on line water quality analyzers, and motor control centers. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.
Knowledge:  Knowledge of practices, procedures, equipment, and systems related to assigned equipment operation and maintenance function and applicable safety practices and procedures; computer-based maintenance management systems. Knowledge of the principles of process control, electronics, electrical equipment, on-line analyzers, programmable controllers and related computers.
Abilities:  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; communicate complex or technical concepts and terms to non-technical oriented employees and managers; read and comply with blueprints, diagrams, schematics, manuals, and specifications; maintain records, logs, and reports; instruct and train other employees; and perform physical activities common to plant operation and maintenance work as required.  Must be able to plan and organize projects and establish goals and objectives.  Must be able to wear personal protective equipment required for the job and be able to meet requirements under the Aurora Water Respiratory Protection Program.  Ability to work overtime, standby, and call back duty. .
Skills: Troubleshooting, calibrating, and repairing: process controls, SCADA, and low voltage equipment.  Experience with Microsoft Office applications, and Skill in the use of tools and equipment in assigned maintenance function.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, OR EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:  Colorado driver's license with a good driving history. This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.

Working Conditions

Physical Demands:  Moderate to heavy physical work depending upon assigned function; may require ability to lift a maximum of 50 pounds; may lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds; frequently performs activities requiring a full range of body movement including bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, and climbing; hand/eye and hand/foot coordination for operation of tools, equipment, and vehicles; vision to read manuals and record data and monitor and observe instruments and gauges; hearing/listening for troubleshooting and warning signals; speech communication to provide technical information and communicate with employees and citizens.
Work Environment:  Works both indoors and outdoors with exposure to all weather conditions, noise, fumes, and chemicals; work may be performed in a confined space.  Must be willing to perform overtime, standby, and/or call back duty.
Equipment Used:  Operates tools, and mechanical and technological equipment and vehicles common to utility maintenance and construction.

Aurora is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The city also maintains compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The city's Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP) is available for review by contacting the Employee Relations Officer in the Human Resources Division at 303-739-7225.

If you need assistance or reasonable accommodation for completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at: 303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.



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