AW Treatment Operations & Maintenance Tech. Associate (Water Treat. Plant) - Multiple Positions, Austin, Texas

Employer City of Austin, TX
Created 11/25/2021
Reference 479785
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Texas
City Austin
Minimum Qualifications
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, plus one (1) year of experience in a similar work environment such as process control, plant operations, construction, or in the operation, repair and maintenance of mechanical or industrial equipment.



  • Thirty (30) semester hours of relevant formal education from an accredited institute may substitute for one (1) year of work experience.

    Licenses and Certifications Required:
  • Must obtain appropriate TCEQ License as specified by position within one (1) year of employment:
  • Water Treatment Plant or Water Distribution Systems Facility: TCEQ Class D Water Operator License.
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant or Wastewater Collection System Facility: TCEQ Class D Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator License or Class I Collection System License.
  • Must obtain the appropriate TCEQ Class C Water/Wastewater, Water Distribution or Class II Wastewater Collection System License before Class D License expires.
  • May require a Valid Texas Commercial Driver's License with endorsements.
  • Valid current Texas Class "C" Driver License.
  • Must be able to become certified for Respiratory Protection and Confined-Space Entry Program within six (6) months of employment and maintain certification.

Notes to Applicants

To learn more about what it means to be a Treatment Operations & Maintenance Technician Associate and the benefits of working for Austin Water, please click here for our informational brochure.

This position is responsible for the operations of a water or wastewater treatment plant, as well as the maintenance and repairs of the related equipment. For general information about a career as a Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant System Operator, click HERE .

Working with Austin Water provides a number of health and welfare benefits, such as medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more - click HERE for more information. Additionally, this position offers a career progression plan, which provides a unique opportunity to promote without having to go through the competitive process. As employees go through on-the-job training to develop new skills and abilities and obtain the appropriate license, they are eligible to submit for Career Progression, which allows them to demonstrate knowledge and skills without having to interview for the promotion.

These positions may be filled at one of the following locations:

Davis Water Treatment Plant
3500 W. 35th Street, Austin, Texas 78703
Shift: Required to rotate between working an 8-hour shift in Maintenance from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM and working a 12-hour shift in Operations from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and/or 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM

Handcox Water Treatment Plant
6800 North F. M. 620, Austin, Texas 78732
Shift: Required to rotate between working an 8-hour shift in Maintenance from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM and working a 12-hour shift in Operations from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and/or 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM

Ullrich Water Treatment Plant
1000 Forest View Dr., Austin, Texas 78746
Shift: Required to rotate between working an 8-hour shift in Maintenance from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM and working a 12-hour shift in Operations from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and/or 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM

Pump Stations & Reservoirs - South Service Support Center
3616 S. First St., Austin, Texas 78704
Shift: Required to rotate between working an 8-hour shift in Maintenance from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM and working a 12-hour shift in Operations from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and/or 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM

Work location and shift assignment for selected candidates will be determined based on business need and is subject to change at management's discretion.

All positions may be required to work weekends, holidays, overtime, callback, and on-call.


Technical Licensure: This position requires employees to obtain a Class D Water License from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ( TCEQ ) within one (1) year of employment. TCEQ may restrict granting an occupational license to individuals with certain criminal convictions. To review TCEQ's criminal conviction guidelines, go online to TCEQ .

Driving Requirement:
This position requires a valid current Texas Class "C" Driver License or the ability to acquire one by your hire date. External New Hires must meet the City of Austin's Driver Record Evaluation ( DRE ) requisite. To be considered for a driving position, applicants cannot have more than three moving violations or a total of six Driver Record Evaluation points within a period of thirty-six (36) months.

Physical Requirements:
  • This position will require that you be able to perform the following essential job functions with confidence and with or without reasonable accommodations: carrying or lifting up to 50 lbs., pushing or pulling up to 50 lbs., sitting, standing, walking, lying, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching overhead, kneeling, crawling, stooping/bending, twisting, repetitive foot and hand movement, driving, grasping and squeezing, ability to wear personal protective equipment including a self-contained breathing apparatus, exposure to extreme weather conditions, atmospheric conditions, hazardous conditions, and very loud noise.
  • Selected candidate will be required to complete and pass a pre-employment physical exam to be considered for this position, which includes a Functional (FC) strength/agility test.


Confined Space Entry Requirements:
  • Candidates must be able to work in environments which may have hazardous atmospheres or in confined spaces where there is limited or restricted means for entry and exit, or where the activities of an employee are hindered.
  • Candidates must be able to perform duties with confidence at sites where climbing heights of up to 200 feet is required on ladders that support up to 300 lbs., and descending into confined spaces up to 100 feet deep with the use of a required SRL body harness that supports up to 283 lbs.
  • Candidates must be able to qualify for Austin Water's Respiratory Protection Program.


When completing the City of Austin employment application:
  • A detailed, complete employment application helps us to better evaluate your qualifications, and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position.
  • Please detail on the application any previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications. Provide each job title and employment dates for all jobs included on the application.
  • Your work history should include the duties you performed, any supervisory or lead responsibilities, and any equipment and computer software used.

A résumé and cover letter may be submitted, but will not substitute for a complete employment application.


If you are selected as a top candidate:

  • Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED , undergraduate and/or graduate degrees) will be required. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution.
  • And are in the military or a veteran, you will need to provide a copy of your DD-214 prior to confirming a start date.


All Austin Water worksite locations are tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any AW worksite - including construction sites, parking lot, garage or in any personal vehicle located on the premises.

Pay Range
$18.09 - $22.06 per hour

Hours
Divisions have varying shifts, including days and nights. Shift hours are subject to change based on business needs. Please see shift information by location/Service Center in Notes to Applicants.

Position is considered essential and may require to work on weekends, holidays, overtime, call back and on-call.


Job Close Date
12/07/2021
Type of Posting External
Department Austin Water Utility
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Technical
Location Various Locations - See Notes to Applicants
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience maintaining and repairing mechanical industrial equipment including hydraulic systems
  • Previous pumping distribution or water treatment experience in a municipal water system
  • Experience using Computerized Maintenance Management System ( CMMS ) for work order and asset management, basic computer navigation skills, and the ability to learn new software applications
  • Training and/or experience in welding and the use of oxygen and acetylene torch (cutting, brazing, soldering, etc)
  • Knowledge of safety practices in the workplace including confined space entry, ladder climbing, water and boat safety, and hazardous chemicals
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ( TCEQ ) Class D Water Treatment License or higher

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

1. Assists with process control tasks such as basic flow control, sampling, basic laboratory testing, normal operations of pumps and blowers, and adjusting chemical feeds.
2. Assists with preventative maintenance tasks such as lubrication; changing equipment oil/fluids; and installing packing, bearings, and seals.
3. Assists with predictive and corrective maintenance on specialized equipment such as pumps, blowers, clarifiers, and valves.
4. Assists with routine rounds of the facilities to monitor treatment process and identify process anomalies or mechanical problems with plant equipment.
5. Monitors data from SCADA systems and computerized control systems, instrument panels, and gauges in order to make basic process changes as directed.
6. Maintains plant operations and maintenance records using log books, databases, and spreadsheets.
7. Acts as member of Confined Space Entry Team and may serve as entrant or assistant.

Responsibilities - Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised:
None.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of general maintenance processes and procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic math including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimalized numbers, fractions, and percents.
  • Skill in using computers and related software.
  • Skill in using hand tools and power tools.
  • Skill in operating a motor vehicle and motorized equipment.
  • Ability to work in environments that may have hazardous atmospheres.
  • Ability to climb ladders and work at heights of up to 200 feet, and to work in confined spaces up to 100 feet deep.
  • Ability to work in permit and non-permit confined spaces where there is limited or restricted means for entry and exit, or where the work activities may be hindered.
  • Ability to safely wear anti-fall ( SRL ) body harness for confined space entry that supports up to 283 pounds.
  • Ability to walk, stand, sit, bend, stoop, twist, push, pull, climb, kneel, crawl, and lift/carry up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to read and follow technical guidelines and standard operating procedures.
  • Ability to take simple readings from meters, gauges, control panels, and testing and monitoring equipment.
  • Ability to meet and maintain driver eligibility standards detailed in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program.

Criminal Background Investigation This position does not require a Criminal Background Investigation
EEO/ADA
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* This position requires a High School diploma or GED and one (1) year experience in a similar work environment such as process control, plant operations, construction, repair and maintenance of mechanical or industrial equipment. Thirty (30) semester hours of relevant formal education from an accredited institute may substitute for one (1) year of work experience. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?
  • Yes
  • No
* This position requires a valid current Texas Class "C" Driver License. Do you have a valid current Texas Class "C" Driver License or if selected for this position, do you have the ability to acquire a valid current Texas Class "C" Driver License by your hire date?
  • Yes
  • No
* The City of Austin Driver Eligibility Standards require that External New Hires meet the City's Driver Record Evaluation (DRE) requisite. To be considered for a driving position, applicants cannot have more than three moving violations or a total of six Driver Record Evaluation points within a period of thirty-six (36) months. Do you meet this requirement?
  • Yes
  • No
* This position will require that you be able to perform duties with confidence climbing heights of up to 200 feet on ladders that support up to 300 lbs., descending into confined spaces up to 100 feet deep with the use of a required SRL Body Harness that supports up to 283 lbs., and lifting and/or carrying equipment or supplies weighing up to 50 lbs., unassisted. Will you be able to fulfill these essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation?
  • Yes
  • No
* Are you able to become certified for Respiratory Protection and Confined-Space Entry Program within six (6) months of employment and maintain certification?
  • Yes
  • No
* This position will require flexibility to rotate between Operations and Maintenance duties including rotating between a 12 hour day shift and 12 hour night shift which will include weekends. If offered this position, are you willing to maintain this type of rotating schedule?
  • Yes
  • No
* This position is categorized as "Essential Personnel". Essential Personnel are considered critical positions and may be required to work during emergencies outside of or in addition to the normal schedule. If offered the position, are you willing to work scheduled and unscheduled hours as mandated by the needs of the business?
  • Yes
  • No
* How many years of experience do you have in maintenance of industrial or mechanical equipment, such as pumps, motors, boilers, blowers, and air compressors?
  • None
  • Less than one (1) year
  • One (1) to three (3) years
  • Three (3) to five (5) years
  • Five (5) or more years
* How many years of experience do you have repairing and maintaining hydraulic equipment?
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 to less than 4 years
  • 4 or more years
* Do you have previous pumping distribution or water treatment experience in a municipal water system?
  • Yes
  • No
* Which of the following best describes your experience with process control or plant operations?
  • None
  • Less than one (1) year
  • One (1) to three (3) years
  • Three (3) to five (5) years
  • More than five (5) years
* Select the skill level that best describes your proficiency with computers.
  • No experience or not proficient
  • Basic proficiency with computers
  • Intermediate proficiency with computers
  • Advanced proficiency with computers
* How many years of experience do you have in welding and metal fabrication?
  • None
  • Less than one (1) year
  • One (1) to three (3) years
  • Three (3) to five (5) years
  • More than five (5) years
* Which of the following best describes your Water License issued by TCEQ?
  • I have a Class "D" Water License issued by TCEQ
  • I have a Class "C" Surface Water License issued by TCEQ
  • I have a Class "B" Surface Water License issued by TCEQ
  • I have a Class "C" Water Distribution License issued by TCEQ
  • I have a Class "B" Water Distribution License issued by TCEQ
  • I have a Class "A" Water Treatment License issued by TCEQ
  • I do not have a TCEQ License.
* Were you referred to this opportunity by an Austin Water employee? If yes, please provide the employee's full name.
(Open Ended Question)

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