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AWT Plant Technician II(Instrumentation)

Recruitment #161130-310200-003


Health, vision, dental, and life insurance; annual and sick leave; paid holidays; pension and tax-deferred compensation (457) plans; and more.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class performs semi-skilled work of moderate difficulty in areas of operations, mechanical, co-generation, electrical, instrumentation or building and grounds. Under general supervision, the employee performs duties and assigned tasks in conformance with established procedures requiring the exercise of reasonable initiative and independent judgment. Many work activities involve hazardous materials and/or equipment and employees must comply with appropriate safety precautions when dealing with gas system, electrical system, dangerous chemicals, and other similar components and processes within the plant environment. Shift work will be required including nights, weekends, and holidays. Working extended hours in emergency situations may also be required. Tasks require the ability to work in a team environment. Work is reviewed by observation, results attained, and reports submitted.

Examples of Duties

Accompanies other plant technicians/assists in performing routine co-generation inspections; assists with adjustment of digester gas valves; assists with completing advanced preventive maintenance requirements; assists with inspection of gas mixers; assists with inspection of gas room equipment (building 080 and 081); assists with troubleshooting and repair of unit controls.

Assists with inspection of stand-by generator building; assists with operation and maintenance of wet well.

Performs operations and maintenance tasks in the collection system pump stations.

Collects wastewater system samples for testing and analysis; cleans and calibrates conveyor belt scale; records and interprets co-gen readings; transfers pellets from hot silo.

Installs and repairs backflow preventers; operates and sets up portable pumping equipment; operates MCC 48 and remote gas compressor controls; operates, adjusts, and monitors belt press equipment; operates and maintains stationary and portable generators; tests plant and pump station machinery and apparatus using basic electrical test equipment.

Performs visual inspections per standard operating procedures; paints pumps and motors, piping and all other equipment; performs manual and semi-skilled operational and maintenance activities uses tech manual library to obtain mechanical/maintenance information; loads trucks from hauling contractor in accordance with standard operating procedures; monitors inventory levels; generates charts, graphs and/or reports using computer.

Performs normal daily operations associated with O2 generation; performs normal shut down and secure/button up O2 plant; performs routine operational lab tests (DR-2000, 30 min settleable, cent. MLSS, turb, etc.); restarts all areas of the treatment plant and pump stations after power failures; verifies auto blanket finders are working properly in required areas.

Inspects tests, adjusts, and repairs electric, electronic, mechanical, and pneumatic instruments and systems used to indicate, record, and control processes in a Wastewater/Water plant. Tests accuracy of flow meters, pressure gauges, temperature indicators, controllers and other recording, indicating or controlling instruments to locate defective components in system, using test equipment, such as pressure gauges, mercury manometers, potentiometers, pulse,  signal generators, oscilloscopes, ammeters, voltmeters, and watt meters.  Standard terms, practices, procedures, methods, and mathematics used in the instrumentation and electrical trades.  Respond to emergency call-outs on nights, weekends and holidays.  Interpret and modify drawings, blueprints, schematics and diagrams for a variety of wastewater systems.  Modify, design and change control circuits; install temporary systems to sustain operations.  Installing and maintaining electrical control systems and instrumentation systems including electronics, programmable controllers, telemetry, telecommunications, meters, generators, transmitters, hydraulics, pneumatics and a variety of other systems; inspect installed systems to ensure proper operation.  Preform skilled tasks including installation, repairs, troubleshooting, planning, modification, design, installation and calibration of instrumentation, SCADA control and electrical systems for a wastewater treatment facilities; ability to work on electrical and electronic instrumentation equipment including programmable logic controllers (GE Pac3 , Allen Bradley, Motorola  Moscad, Moscad-L and ACE PLC), variable frequency drives (Yaskawa and Toshiba drives) , remote terminal units, supervisory control data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and software controlled units and equipment.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of: basic safety practices; auto controls; 24/125 DCV systems; MCC 92; 480v distribution panel; start air system; the activated sludge process; the nitrogen cycle and where in the plant it cycles; principles of chlorination and dechlorination; thickener operation; CMMS; SCADA system; pump station operations; treatment facility (including recycle flows) hydraulic flow path; strong mathematics foundation, reading comprehension, problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, close listening, clear written and spoken communication, clear judgment and decision making; advanced operational characteristics of fiber-optic, Local Area Network, and SCADA systems. 

Ability to: establish and maintain productive working relationships with co-workers and the public; understand and follow written and oral instructions; lift 50pounds; climb ladders; work in confined spaces; utilize basic safety practices (e.g. lockout/tagout); apply basic computer skills; demonstrate basic electrical safety procedures; learn new tasks and work practices.

Skill in: use of hand tools; use of small power tools; operating Windows base software programs; navigating through Windows Operating Systems and Command Prompt.

Intermediate computer skills.

Minimum Qualifications

AWT employees - Must meet criterion for Level II on the job skills matrix.

Others - Graduation from an accredited high school or GED with 4 years of utility experience; instrumentation, automation and control experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: External hires have 1 year beyond the standard probationary period to achieve the qualifying skills set.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida commercial driver’s license Class B within five (5) months.

Completion of the Florida wastewater plant operator’s course if choosing the operations track.


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