American Water Operator U525 in Davenport, Iowa

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Control the operation of the pumping station and continuous monitoring of the distributive control system, including pumps, analyzers and other instrumentation.

Key Accountabilities

Operate, control and maintain motors, pumps, valves and equipment to regulate flow and pressure of water pumped into the treatment plant and distribution system.

Monitor and record condition of pumps and equipment.

Monitor charts and chart-recording equipment.

Place pumps on line or shut down pumps as system demand, electrical demand management or water quality dictates.

Monitor and control electric feed systems and standby-by emergency electric generation systems to ensure continuous operation.

Monitor and control distribution control system (SCADA) to ensure system integrity.

Assist treatment operator, as required (e.g. change chlorine ton containers, wash filters, monitor and control SCADA system for the production of water).

Monitor and answer telephone and radioi systems, and monitor plant and distribution system surveillance and security systems.

Maintain a log of operations.

Prepare daily, weekly, and monthly pumping and operational reports.

Perform housekeeping and other duties as assigned.

Knowledge / Skills

Learn the functioning of the overall pumping and water treatment system.

Use judgment to make decisions to keep the system operating and follow established safety procedures.

Use hands, eyes and fingers to adjust equipment.

Work in confined spaces and be able to lift and carry items weighing over 50 lbs.

Be physically able to use self-contained breathing apparatus and pass respiratory physical and hearing tests.

Requires mathematical development sufficient to be able to calculate surface, volume, weights, meaures, and chemical dosages and usages. Calculate square roots and variable formulas. Calculate plane and solid figures, circumference, area and volume.

Must have developed language skills to be able to read and understand instructions, rules, look up information in reference sources, etc.

Speak clearly and distinctly with appropriate pauses, emphasis and correct pronunciation. Must be able to communicate using two-way radio and other communication equipment. Must be able to convey, understand and exchange information with others.


Functional / Technical Skills

Learning on the Fly

Organizational Agility

Problem Solving

Time Management

Experience / Education

High school graduate or state-recognized educational equivalency certificate.

Computer literacy necessary to operate computerized operations control system equipment.

Understanding and adherence to all material safety data sheet information.

Must have or obtain Grade I Iowa Water Treatment Operator's license within 18 months of filling this position.

Must have or obtain Grade II Iowa Water Treatment Operator's license within 42 months of filling this position.

Must have or obtain Grade III Iowa Water Treatment Operator's license within 60 months of filling this position.

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