Water Treatment Plant Technician


Stanton, TN, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  13100

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Job Summary

Location: Stanton, TN

This position is responsible for operating, monitoring, and performing routine maintenance on all equipment located within the newly constructed Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant (IWTP) located at Ford’s Blue Oval City complex. Work is performed under direct supervision of a Plant Manager or Lead Operator and performance is reviewed against an established set of goals and Company policies and procedures.
The IWTP will receive and process 500K GPD of industrial wastewater from the automotive plant’s Final Assembly and Paint Shop (E-Coat). The IWTP equipment includes the following: tanks, mixers, pumps, valves, thickeners, rakes, filter presses, totes, UF equipment, instrumentation, control valves and PLC control systems.

Key Accountabilities

•    Assures that the plant operates within all required standards, including discharge permit requirements 
•    Monitors treatment equipment, tank levels and processes
•    Controls flows throughout the IWTP
•    Conducts multiple rounds per shift to inspect equipment, ensures systems are functional, collects/logs performance data, and communicates operational problems as they arise
•    Ensures accuracy of shift operating logs, data, and records
•    Monitors daily consumption and inventory of chemicals and initiates action to replenish as needed 
•    Responds to alarms and abnormalities and takes corrective actions consistent with established operating procedures and prudent industry best practices and provides accurate information, analysis, recommendations, reports, and appropriate follow-up plans
•    Performs all shift operations and routine preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance on all systems and equipment
•    Performs routine water chemistry testing, takes samples, runs/interprets laboratory tests, and adds appropriate chemicals as needed to ensure adherence to water quality specifications
•    Cleans and maintains plant facilities and equipment in accordance with plant housekeeping standards
•    Performs all duties in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOP’s)
•    Complies with all site safety requirements and procedures
•    Participation in the basic safety processes as key member of the Site Safety Committee, leading monthly safety meetings and having a shared responsibility for the site's overall safety performance
•    Identifies safety hazards and takes corrective actions as necessary
•    Assist with developing and revising operations and maintenance procedures as required
•    Performs other duties necessary to fulfill plant requirements
•    Communicates and coordinates activities with company, customer, and vendor personnel
•    Assists other team members and works with all departments to support corporate and plant goals
•    Handles and uses chemicals in a safe and environmentally responsible manner
•    Ability to work scheduled and unscheduled overtime and respond to off-hour call-ins as needed 
•    Participates in assigned continuous improvement efforts throughout the facility
•    Completes time sheets, work orders, and other administrative documents accurately and timely

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

Must have a high school diploma or GED, and a minimum of five (5) years of experience operating Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plants. Must possess appropriate Wastewater Operator license/certification as required by the State of Tennessee. Work involves performing some difficult and complex functions requiring a high level of independent judgment, initiative, and discretion. Work shifts rotate and the Wastewater Plant Operator frequently works alone.

Other Qualifications

•    Ability to learn and become proficient in all IWTP systems
•    Complete site-specific qualification training and periodic testing
•    Knowledge of IWTP safety, policies, and procedures, especially in areas such as testing, chemical handling, energy systems and confined spaces
•    Knowledge of and ability to understand fundamental principles related to physics, mathematics, fluid flow and water chemistry
•    Ability to operate valves, switches, controls, keyboards, and other devices associated with an IWTP
•    Ability to use basic hand tools, portable electric, pneumatic tools, and basic rigging equipment such as winches, hoists, and slings
•    Ability to locate, troubleshoot, and correct problems with mechanical systems ancillary equipment
•    Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing
•    Ability to operate and maintain various test equipment
•    Ability to operate a fork truck
•    Familiarity with PLC interfaces
•    Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
•    Experience with Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) 
•    Proficient with email

Physical Demands & Working Conditions

The physical demands characterized here epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
To properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is required to: frequently stand, walk, or climb and occasionally stoop, kneel or crawl. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee can: talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms extensively.
The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 35 pounds in weight.  Occasionally, the employee will have to lift or move objects of up to 50 pounds in weight.  In addition, the employee will push or pull up to 70 pounds in weight occasionally.
Vision requirements for this position include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including extreme heat/cold, wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.


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