City of Ames - Water Plant Operator or Assistant Operator

SALARY:  $23.71 - $35.97 Hourly / $49,316.80 - $74,817.60 Annually

OPENING DATE: 06/28/18

CLOSING DATE: 07/20/18 05:00 PM

 

CITY OF AMES
invites applications for the position of:
Water Plant Assistant Operator or Water Plant Operator
An Equal Opportunity Employer

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The City of Ames Water & Pollution Control Department is conducting a recruitment for a Water Plant Operator or Water Plant Assistant Operator. A Civil Service eligibility list will be created for one or both of these classifications. The lists will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in either classification. In addition, City of Ames Civil Service employees who have previously held Civil Service status in either classification and are interested in voluntarily demoting or laterally transferring into the current vacancy must submit their application by the deadline.

Actual classification as the Water Plant Assistant Operator or Water Plant Operator will depend on the  qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The salary range for the Water Plant Assistant Operator  is  $23.71  -  $27.02  per  hour.  The  salary  range  for  the  Water  Plant  Operator  is  $27.02  - 35.97 per hour. The work shift involves an 8-hour day that includes evening and weekend shifts on a rotating schedule.

Under close supervision, the Water Plant Assistant Operator or Water Plant Operator performs work involving having the primary responsibility for the operation of wells, water treatment plant, and pumping stations to treat and supply the domestic and industrial water supply needs for the Ames community and water service contracts; repairs and maintains operating equipment and other machinery at the water plant and related facilities; performs related work as required.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Water Plant Assistant Operator:

  • Performs increasingly difficult and skilled work approaching the Water Plant Operator level as training and education progresses;
  • Operates, inspects, repairs and maintains a wide variety of pumps, motors, chemical feed equipment, engines, and other related equipment used in water treatment and lime sludge disposal;
  • Reads and records well and pump operating times, pressures, and reservoir levels;
  • Collects samples and tests for parameters as assigned;
  • Adjusts chemical feed and other equipment to meet prescribed water quality limits;
  • Adjusts pumping and plant treatment rates accordingly to maintain adequate water supply and storage; maintains plant operating records by making calculations and completing operating logs; creates reports;
  • Observes mechanical equipment to ensure proper operating condition and performance; performs pipe work for water and chemicals;
  • Checks to assure proper maintenance of equipment;
  • May perform maintenance on engines, motors, and related items; oversees the work of skilled and unskilled helpers;
  • Attends or provides training as required; provides customer service as required; consults with and receives approval from supervisor(s) before making process changes such as plant start-up and shutdown, well changes, high service pump changes, and booster station pump changes.

Water Plant Operator:

  • Operates, inspects, repairs, and maintains a wide variety of pumps, motors, chemical feed equipment, engines, and other related equipment used in water treatment and lime sludge disposal;
  • Reads and records well and pump operating times, pressures, and reservoir levels; collects samples and tests for parameters as assigned;
  • Adjusts chemical feed and other equipment to meet prescribed water quality limits;
  • Adjusts pumping and plant treatment rates accordingly to maintain adequate water supply and storage;
  • Maintains plant operating records by making calculations and completing operating logs;
  • Creates reports;
  • Observes mechanical equipment to ensure proper operating condition and performance;
  • Performs pipe work for water and chemicals;
  • Checks to assure proper maintenance of equipment;
  • May perform maintenance on engines, motors, and related items;
  • Oversees the work of skilled or unskilled helpers; attends or provides training as required;
  • Provides customer service as required.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.

Other Job Functions: Performs maintenance and custodial duties assigned to that shift; guides or assists in guiding individuals or groups of visitors around the plant; performs extra operating, sampling, and laboratory duties in connection with special plant or research projects.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Water Plant Assistant Operator

Successful completion of high school or GED. Two years of experience with mechanical equipment maintenance and repair or an equivalent combination of education and experience in, or related to, the field of water treatment.

Licenses and Certificates: Valid Iowa Driver's License. Valid State of Iowa Grade I Water Plant Operator's License within 8 months of employment. Completion of a minimum of 21 CEU's of post high school education directly related to the operation of water plants within 24 months of employment. Valid State of Iowa Grade II Water Plant Operator's License within 8 months of being eligible for the exam and no later than 38 months of appointment. Appointment to the position of Water Plant Operator will be made upon attainment of a valid State of Iowa Grade II Water Plant Operator's License. Failure to achieve required certification or training by the date specified could lead to possible termination.

Knowledge,  Skills,  and  Abilities  Necessary  to  Perform  Essential  Functions:  Extensive training  will be arranged so that the employee will attain considerable knowledge of safe working practices in a water treatment facility; training will also be arranged so that the employee will attain the ability to understand the significance of laboratory results, the ability to understand the nature and seriousness of system malfunctions and to take remedial action, and skill in the maintenance and repair of mechanical and water plant equipment; considerable knowledge of the water treatment process operation; considerable knowledge of the chemicals used in water treatment including their handling, characteristics, functions, and economic use; knowledge of the practices and techniques used in lime softening and rapid filtration; knowledge of overall water utility operations; knowledge of basic laboratory techniques; knowledge of basic maintenance equipment and practices; knowledge of lubrication, maintenance, and servicing of pumps and plant equipment; knowledge of laws and regulations related to water plant operations; knowledge of computer systems and applications software, including, but not limited to, Microsoft Excel; knowledge of  the operation and maintenance of utility plant operating equipment, low-pressure boilers, clarifiers, filters, pumps, and auxiliary equipment; knowledge of the principals of hydraulics, electricity, combustion, and standard safety practices.

Skill in the maintenance and repair of mechanical and water plant equipment.

Ability to read and record data from gauges and meters accurately; ability to make mathematical computations and interpret data; ability to understand the significance of laboratory results; ability to diagnose equipment problems and to determine proper remedial action; ability to determine the nature and seriousness of system malfunctions and to take remedial action; ability to work alone on an operating shift and to take responsibility for previously outlined procedures; ability to read piping and wiring diagrams and blueprints; ability to plan, assign and oversee the work of maintenance personnel and helpers; ability to use a wide variety of hand tools, shop and diagnostic equipment; ability to work under adverse conditions including exposure to extreme weather; ability to act quickly and calmly in emergency situations on an individual basis; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens, supervisors, co-workers and other City employees.

 

Water Plant Operator:

Successful completion of high school or GED, and at least three years of experience in operating and maintaining a mechanical water treatment facility; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Licenses and Certificates: Valid State of Iowa Driver's License. Valid State of Iowa Grade II Water Plant Operator's License.

Knowledge,  Skills,  and  Abilities  Necessary  to  Perform  Essential  Functions:  Considerable  knowledge of safe working practices in a water treatment facility; considerable knowledge of water treatment process operation; considerable knowledge of the chemicals used in water treatment including their handling, characteristics, functions, and economic use; knowledge of the practices and techniques used in lime softening and rapid filtration; knowledge of overall water utility operations; knowledge of basic laboratory techniques; knowledge of basic maintenance equipment and practices; knowledge of lubrication, maintenance, and servicing of pumps and plant equipment; knowledge of laws and regulations related to water plant operations; knowledge of computer operations and applications software, including, but not limited to Microsoft Excel. Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of utility plant operating equipment, low-pressure boilers, clarifiers, filters, pumps, and auxiliary equipment; knowledge of the principals of hydraulics, electricity, combustion, and standard safety practices.

Skill in the maintenance and repair of mechanical and water plant equipment.

Ability to read and record data from gauges and meters accurately; ability to make mathematical computations and interpret data; ability to understand the significance of laboratory results; ability to diagnose equipment problems and to determine proper remedial action; ability to determine the nature and seriousness of system malfunctions and to take remedial action; ability to work alone on an operating shift and to take responsibility for previously outlined procedures; ability to read piping and wiring diagrams and blueprints; ability to plan, assign and oversee the work of maintenance personnel and helpers; ability to use a wide variety of hand tools, shop and diagnostic equipment; ability to work under adverse conditions including exposure to extreme weather; ability to act quickly and calmly in emergency situations on an individual basis; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens, supervisors, co-workers and other City employees.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL  INFORMATION:

Required Physical Activities: Climbing, balancing, kneeling, stooping, crawling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.

General Physical Characteristics: The work involves sitting 20 percent of the time, standing (but not walking) five percent of the time; standing and walking 75 percent of the time. Requires exertion of up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, 50 pounds of force frequently, or 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Vision Requirements: The minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, operation of machines (including inspection), use of measurement devices, assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.

Environmental Conditions: The work is performed inside and/or outside and includes being exposed to extreme cold and heat, noise, mechanical and electrical hazards, chemical hazards, atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system or skin, oils, and working in isolation. In addition, work may be performed at extreme heights, in areas below ground, and in confined spaces.

Equipment Essential to the Job: Computers, software, and peripheral equipment, SCADA equipment, calculator, intercom, two-way radio, variety of printed materials, lab equipment, scale, cleaning chemicals, chemical feed equipment, process chemicals, emergency equipment, switches, pipes and valves; electrical equipment including measurement devices, conduit, benders, and fuses; radio telemetry; control circuits; plumbing tools including pipe threader, torch, hand drill, pipe and chain wrenches, air gun, and pipe saws; safety equipment including masks, gloves, ventilators, ground fault connector and gas monitor; soldering and welding equipment; basic carpentry tools; hand power tools; tractors, trucks and attachments; table saw, drill press and other shop equipment; ladders and scaffolding; portable generators; hydraulic and pneumatic tools and equipment; motorized equipment/personnel carriers.

 

Selection Process:

  1. Screen for Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications and fully complete the application to be considered for this position.
  1. Written exams: Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a written exam, which will be held on Tuesday, July 31 at the Water Plant (1800 E. 13th Street) at 6:00 p.m. Due to the anticipated number of candidates, no alternative test dates or times will be offered. Additionally, candidates will not be reimbursed for travel or lodging costs to attend the exam. Candidates must obtain a score of 70% or greater on the written exam to pass.
  1. Phone Interviews:  Phone interviews will be conducted among those who pass the written exam. Should the pool of passing candidates exceed 15 people, the pool of candidates for phone interviews may be reduced by only inviting candidates who possess preferred qualifications. These preferred qualifications are:

Assistant Water Plant Operator Preferred Qualifications: 1) education exceeding a high school diploma or equivalency, 2) relevant experience greater than two years, and 3) possession of a State of Iowa Grade I  license.

Water Plant Operator Preferred Qualifications: 1) education exceeding a high school diploma or equivalency, 2) relevant experience greater than three years, and 3) possession of a State of Iowa Grade 2 license.

  1.  On-site Interview Process

Candidates who pass the phone interview step will be invited to an on-site interview process. Prior to arrival on-site, candidates will be invited to complete an online assessment tool. The on-site process will consist of a tour, a manager meeting, and an oral board interview.

The civil service score will be based on the performance on the oral board. A 70% average score among the oral board panel will be considered passing. Passing candidates will be certified to the civil service list for this position, which is effective for up to one year from the date of certification. An offer of employment to the selected finalist will be contingent on completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check.

Residency Requirement

Blue Collar (IUOE): The required residence area is the area bordered by the Boone and Story County lines on the north and south, State Highway 65 on the east; and on the west, County Road R27 north of Boone, and the Des Moines River south of Highway 30 to the Boone County line. Communities intersected by the borderlines, and Zearing, shall be considered within the area. The permitted residency area is that area inside the borderlines. The area adjacent to but outside the borderlines is not included. After completing his/her probationary period, a new employee shall, within three (3) months, reside within the residency area. The department head may allow an employee up to an additional three (3) months if the employee provides documentation of financial commitment to move within the residence area.

E-Verify Process:

The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents as soon as possible after the job offer has been made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at: http://www.uscis.gov.

NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE AT:

http://www.cityofames.org/jobs

OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT:

515 Clark Ave

Ames, IA 50010

515-239-5199

hr@cityofames.org

An Equal Opportunity Employer