System Operator I- Aqua- Limerick, PA
At Aqua, a subsidiary of Essential Utilities, Inc., we know that water is a precious resource – one that plays a critical role in sustaining life. That’s why we take seriously our mission: protecting and providing Earth’s most essential resource. At Aqua, we are guided by a set of principles that embody the character of our company and inspire our work together. They are embedded within our business practices and our behavior. We are proud to be united by integrity, respect and the pursuit of excellence to be the best we can be for the customers and communities we serve.
Together, the women and men of Aqua, a subsidiary of Essential Utilities, Inc. serve 1 million customers across eight states. Aqua uses science, technology, capital investments, and amazing talent to provide communities with clean, safe drinking water and responsibly return wastewater to our rivers and streams. Join our team and make a difference!
Responsible for operation, monitoring and maintenance of all assigned wastewater facilities and water systems either owned by the Company’s wastewater utility or operated under contract, as assigned by the 2021 CBA. Provide on-site operation and maintenance of these facilities in order to achieve compliance with PADEP permit requirements. Responsible for understanding and following all regulatory operational and reporting requirements as stipulated by the system’s regulatory permits and undertaking efforts to assure facilities are sampled in accordance with all applicable permits and operated in accordance with company standard operating procedures and permits.
This position may operate in several areas including Chester, Bucks and Montgomery counties which includes the geographic areas of West Grove, Cochranville, Kennett Square, East Bradford Township, Thornbury Township, Willistown Township, East Brandywine Township, Chester Springs, Solebury Township, Worcester Township, Upper Merion Township, Limerick Township, and Gilbertsville, Douglas Township, New Garden Township, and North Heidelberg Township
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
• Monitor Operations of all wastewater and water facilities identified under the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Conduct testing and analysis required for proper operation and reporting for the facilities. All functions shall be in compliance with regulatory permits. Operate plants in full compliance with regulatory permits.
• Responsible for making and implementing recommendations regarding process changes and adjustments at facilities to improve operational performance.
• Monitor collection system performance and pump stations. Make recommendations on improvements and upgrades as needed.
• Record on plant logs, spreadsheets and electronically all required test results, measurements, equipment readings and observations as specified and/or required by permits, standard operating procedures and as directed by the Supervisor.
• Coordinate the removal of sludge and delivery of all chemicals, fuel, parts and supplies necessary for proper operation of the facilities.
• Assist with on call responsibilities during the work week and weekends including answering alarm calls and reporting to the facility as necessary to diagnose and address the cause of the alarms Monday through Sunday. Must be available 24 hours a day to respond to plant and system problems.
• Maintain facility records, prints, equipment manufacture manuals as well as all operating data.
• Assist management and supervisors in developing and administering applicable safety procedures at facilities, as required.
• Capable of monitoring PLC network to review automated operation of all water and wastewater facilities, monitor alarms and review computer generated data for proper PADEP and DMR reports, assist in the training of new employees in computer automation system.
• Position requires good mechanical skills as required in the repair/replacement of all plant equipment, including but not limited to pumps, instruments, chemical feed equipment, etc.
• Must be able to make mathematical calculations to determine chemical doses required for flow rates and proper treatment.
• Required to meet and follow all Aqua safety requirements dealing with hazardous chemical handling and PPE requirements.
• Must be able to lift 50lbs.
• Must be willing to work a special work week, Wednesday through Sunday, on a rotational basis or as required by management.
• Must be willing to be trained and able to provide additional operational support to other water/wastewater systems covered under the CBA.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL OR REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
As a minimum, a high school diploma or equivalent is required. Must either possess or have the ability to obtain within 24 months of the date of hire, the required license for the employees’ primary assignment. The required licenses for an employee with a primary water assignment are: Class B with subclasses 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12. The required licenses for an employee with a primary wastewater assignment are: Class B, E wastewater with subclasses 1,3,4. Preferred applicants will have been actively involved in operation and maintenance of wastewater or water facilities for at least two (2) years and/or have current working knowledge of wastewater or water treatment systems. Must have the capability to diagnose and correct process problems and upsets both reactively and proactively. Use of computers with proficiency in spreadsheets and databases is desirable.
Recommend to the Manager and Supervisory staff improvements and equipment needs that should be included or considered for annual capital budget preparation.
Field/Area Supervisor or Operations Team Leader
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
Essential Utilities and its subsidiaries, including Aqua, Delta, and Peoples Natural Gas, requires new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, where allowable under the law. To satisfy this requirement, new hires who received the one shot regimen of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine must receive the one dose shot prior to their first day of employment. Proof of vaccination must be provided on your first day of employment. For the two shot regimen of either Pfizer or Moderna, a new hire must have received at least one dose of the vaccine before their first day of employment. Proof of the second dose date must be received within the recommended timeline based on the manufacturer’s vaccine received. For example, for Moderna as soon as the 28 day period has elapsed and for Pfizer as soon as the 21 day period has elapsed. Failure to provide proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will result in the termination of your employment with Essential Utilities including its subsidiaries Aqua, Delta and Peoples Natural Gas.
If you are unable to be fully vaccinated due to a medical or religious exemption, you will be required to apply for an exemption on your first day of employment with Essential Utilities. As part of the process, you will be required to provide information and/or documentation to Human Resources about the reason(s) you cannot be vaccinated. If your request for an exemption is not approved, then your employment may be terminated.