Posted on Jun 02, 2021
Under direct supervision, performs skilled work in the operation, maintenance, and repair of the Town of Smithfield’s Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant with its associated wells and pump house, storage tanks and distribution lines, etc.
Position Posted:    June 1, 2021
Position Closes:    Open Until Filled (First review of applications on June 15, 2021)
Starting Salary:    $16.00 per hour licensed; $14.38 per hour for trainee (non-licensed)
Status:                  Full-time, Non-Exempt
  • Monitors and controls the RO Plant using a computer control system and visually observing the process to ensure efficient operation and water quality standards are maintained. Monitors well operations and adjusts the pumping rates.  Monitors and adjusts chemical feeds.
  • Performs mechanical work in the operation, maintenance, and repair of water mechanical, alarm, and control systems.  Diagnosis operational and mechanical problems within all Town water production, storage, and distribution assets. Performs regularly scheduled preventative maintenance and repairs on plant equipment including cleaning and painting.
  • Collects water samples and performs tests for conditions such as turbidity, conductivity, salinity, chlorine levels, and pH levels.
  • Tests motors and equipment for proper operation, including pumps, generators, transfer switches, etc. Repairs or replaces pumps, motors, and associated equipment.  Diagnoses problems and assists with repairs and overhauls by others. Flushes distribution lines and exercises valves on town system.
  • Obtains materials, supplies, and equipment needed to perform scheduled/assigned repairs, and maintenance work.    Performs maintenance on equipment and tools and ensures their proper working condition.
  • Performs a variety of administrative work to include: maintaining an inventory of process chemicals and other supplies and ordering these items as necessary, initiating work orders and documenting maintenance activities; compiling data and uses computer applications to include word processing, database management, spreadsheet software, etc. to prepare a variety of reports, correspondence, and other documents.
  • Assists in operating and maintaining other components of the Town water system including backup emergency well facilities, elevated storage tanks, altitude valves, distribution lines, etc.
  • Subject to on-call rotation and shift work.
  • Performs work safely in accordance with Federal, State, and Departmental/Town safety procedures, policies, and programs.  Operates equipment safely and reports any unsafe work condition or practice to supervisor.
  • Drives a truck to and from Town facilities and sites.  Operates computer, radio, telephone and other communication equipment.
  • Maintains area around work sites, both inside and outside.  Performs cleaning functions.
  • Gives tours of the water treatment plant to the public and answers questions from citizens.
  • Other related duties as assigned
  • High School diploma or GED required
  • One (1) to two (2) years previous experience and/or training that includes water treatment plant and water system maintenance work (for trainee this is preferred)
  • Valid Virginia Class 4 Waterworks Operator’s License is  required (for trainee this would be required within one year of employment)
  • Considerable knowledge in the fields of mechanical maintenance, plumbing, and basic electrical work
  • Considerable knowledge of water treatment plant operations and maintenance, processes, procedures, and state and federal regulations pertaining to water treatment.
  • Considerable knowledge of water chemistry, water sampling, and test techniques involved in determining conductivity, chlorine residual, turbidity, ph, alkalinity, and other similar tests.
  • General knowledge of computer word processing, database, and spreadsheet software programs.
  • Skill in the use of precision hand tools (micrometers, vibration analysis, clearance gauges, etc.).
  • Ability to perform difficult mathematical calculations in calculating chemical dosages, converting units of weights and measures, and performing laboratory tests.
  • Must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license.
  • Must be able to work shift work and being on call on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • Must be willing to carry a pager/phone 24 hours a day in order to respond to problems with components of the water treatment plant and storage & distribution systems.
  • Requires criminal history record and sex offender checks.  The position is subject to drug and alcohol testing as a Safety Sensitive position for the Town of Smithfield.
  • Must be detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Must possess the ability to work individually and as a team
  • Note: Applicants without a water license may be considered for a trainee position.
  • Tasks involve regular and sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and that generally involves lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50) pounds.
  • Requires the ability to perform coordinated movements involving placing and turning motions, such as operating equipment, and tools for the purpose of installing, maintaining, and repairing water and sewer system components.
  • Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors.  Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate odors.  Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate depths. Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination.  Some tasks require oral communication ability.
  • Tasks may risk exposure to traffic hazards, adverse weather conditions, dust, pollen, odors, hazardous chemicals, and loud noise.