Water Plant Engineer
Metropolitan Utilities District
Water Plant Engineer
Under limited supervision, the Water Plant Engineer directs the operation of plant equipment to produce the specified quantity and quality of finished water, monitors plant equipment to assure proper plant performance, maintains plant operational records, applies process chemicals, and uses laboratory test equipment for routine tests.
1. Control treatment processes to meet directed requirements to include, but not limited to, wellfield operations, basin blowdowns and transfers, chemical feed adjustments, filter rates, basin flow rates, filter backwash schedules, and high service pump operations.
2. Notify duty chemist or supervisor in the event of plant failures or abnormal conditions.
3. Check status of and operate pumps, basins, chemical feeders, filters, and related equipment.
4. Control water plant by means of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and related equipment, and manually operate plant with assistance of other District staff if SCADA fails.
5. Pick-up and test samples of water at specific locations in the treatment process at established times.
6. Perform various tests, record test results, and interpret the results to make operational adjustments as necessary to meet directed requirements.
7. Respond to plant failure alarms and make necessary adjustments or changes if needed.
8. Operate the Plant’s natural gas generators as necessary to avoid electrical outages whenever possible. Restore Plant to normal operation after unavoidable power failure.
9. Perform the physical requirements of position.
1. Assist in training of new employees.
2. Perform safety checks of buildings and equipment for problems, including but not limited to, lighting, heat, leaks, electrical trouble, fire, and mechanical failure.
3. Perform preliminary diagnosis of problems related to plant systems and inform supervisors to initiate corrective action.
4. Perform, or assist with, various plant maintenance tasks including basin washing, operations and maintenance of boilers and HVAC equipment, operation and maintenance of residuals handling equipment, various wellfield maintenance tasks, and housekeeping and grounds keeping maintenance duties.
5. Perform weekly maintenance schedules.
6. Drive District vehicles.
7. Communicate with customers, co-workers and management professionally, regardless of provocation.
8. Comply with and understand all pertinent District policies and procedures.
9. Perform a variety of other duties as assigned.
1. Minimum of three (3) years of operational or maintenance experience at a water treatment facility, or distribution system; or a minimum of six (6 years) experience working building operations/maintenance, or production facility operations/maintenance experience. Portable Water Treatment Plant Experience is preferred.
2. Must be willing to work 8 hour and 12 hour rotating shifts to include evenings, nights and weekends.
3. Ability to perform simple chemical titrations and determine endpoints, turbidity tests and color tests.
4. Perform routine math operations to properly calculate chemical applications for treatment.
5. Ability to work and think independently in accordance with verbal and written instructions.
6. Ability to work with hazardous chemicals such as chlorine, ammonia, ferric sulfate, fluoride, lime, hydrochloric acid, and various cleaning materials.
7. Ability to lift and transport 35 lbs. bags and buckets a distance of at least 20 feet and empty contents. Ability to move and empty a wheelbarrow with a load of 35 lbs.
8. Ability to perform routine math operation to properly calculate chemical applications for treatment.
9. Must be detail orientated and ability to write legibly in order to maintain detailed logs and records.
10. Ability to remain calm and productive in stressful situations.
Required Computer Skills
• Experience with personal computers, tablets, and/or other electronic devices to include, but not limited to,
familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, Word) and enterprise wide software (e.g., SAP).
• Ability to learn new or upgraded computer software as required.
• High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).
• Have a Grade IV Nebraska Water Plant Operator License, or ability to obtain license within six (6) months of
being placed in the position.
• Must be able to obtain within three (3) years of placement into position a State of Nebraska Grade 3 Water Operators License, or a City of Omaha Grade 3 Stationary Engineers Certificate.
• Have and maintain a valid Driver’s License.
• Pre-employment Background Check and Drug Screen
• Undergo Physical Demands assessment for this position.
• Obtain Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus/Respirator certification within 60 days to comply with confined entry procedures and chemical exposure. (Pulmonary Function Test and Respirator Fit Test).
• Audiogram, Vision, and Color identification testing. Good color vision required.
Preferred Education, Experience and/or Skills
• Experience with using SCADA or other control systems
• Basic laboratory skills
• Knowledge of basic fluid flow principles
• Documented Mechanical aptitude
• Experience working rotating shifts
• Work in conditions varying from clean, dry and cold to dirty, wet and hot with a variety of odors.
• Work inside and outside in all weather conditions frequently for short periods of time and occasionally for extended periods of time and varying types of terrain.
*Please see SuccessFactors for a full list of physical demands
*Please ensure the application is filled out thoroughly to be considered for this position
An Equal Opportunity Employer “Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
September 20, 2023