Chemistry, Chemistry - Biochemistry, Chemistry - Water
The responsibilities of this classification include performing a variety of entry-level professional operational processes and engineering duties. Incumbents assist in process engineering studies to improve unit process performance, research new equipment, chemicals, and commission new equipment for an assigned wastewater treatment facility, research process specifications to assist design engineering in developing plans and specifications for contract procurement process and assist in plant process control activities.
WORK SCHEDULE: The treatment plants are operated 24/7. Applicants must be available to work all assigned shift schedules according to business needs.
The Wastewater Treatment Division is committed to the principles of equity and social justice. We value diverse perspectives and life experiences in our workforce and are committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. WTD strives to provide equitable services to residents and businesses across King County.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
Monitor and track wastewater treatment unit processes (liquids, solids/biosolids, air emissions, energy recovery, reclaimed water, etc.) and overall plant operations to ensure regulatory compliance, optimize final product quality, optimize resource recovery, minimize chemical and power use and costs. Evaluate process performance using basic wastewater process engineering theory and models.
Assist in troubleshooting unit processes and its associated equipment operation, monitoring systems and controls. Conduct research and evaluation of special studies and projects to optimize plant processes to ensure maximum performance and cost-effective operation as determined by the supervisor or senior staff.
Make basic projections of chemical and energy use in plant processes and general plant operations for current and future conditions.
Prepare and/or review technical reports, project proposals and progress reports as needed.
Research alternatives for new processes, operating equipment, monitoring equipment, operating procedures, chemical types and chemical application systems.
Work with design engineers in developing plans and specifications for equipment purchase, new processes and process improvements. Prepare preliminary specifications for contract requirements. Review engineering plans and specifications, proposed project scope of work and pre-design criteria as determined by supervisory staff.
Inspect equipment and installation for the proper operation and conformity to contract requirements. Participate in the development of procedures and start-up of new equipment. Assist in troubleshooting equipment and processes.
Monitor consultant’s work, progress payments and change orders, and assist in resolving contractual issues as determined by supervisory staff.
Perform other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
Basic knowledge of engineering principles and techniques typically provided through four years of college-level training from an accredited institution
Knowledge of analytical and research techniques and principles
Skill in oral and written communication techniques and principles and to apply this skill to read, write, and follow oral and written instructions
Skill in working on multiple projects and assignments simultaneously
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with diverse individuals in varying occupations
Possession of an Engineer-In-Training certificate (EIT) or
A Washington State Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Group I certificate (or ability to achieve the Group 1 within 18 months of hire)
Incumbents perform fieldwork at a wastewater treatment plant, associated facilities, and are required to lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds, work in confined spaces, climb in and out of tanks using ladders, and work around noxious odors and high noise levels. Positions assigned to this classification are required to report to work during adverse and inclement weather conditions
UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is represented by Wastewater S.E.I.U. Local 925
SELECTION PROCESS: Transfer candidates will be selected based on the CBA. Reviews of performance appraisals, personnel files, internal reference, BT / Vacation usage logs, etc. will also be conducted before any final job offer. External candidates will be chosen based on any field tests, practicums, interview results and reference checks.
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Senior Human Resource Analyst email@example.com
Internal Number: 2020RB11315
About King County (Wastewater Treatment Division)
The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks works in support of sustainable and livable communities and a clean and healthy natural environment. Our mission is to foster environmental stewardship and strengthen communities by providing regional parks, protecting the region's water, air, land and natural habitats, and reducing, safely disposing of and creating resources from wastewater and solid waste.
DNRP accomplishes its work through the Director's Office and its four divisions: Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste, Wastewater, and Water and Land Resources. The Department also provides leadership for the County's energy conservation, climate change, and clean water/healthy habitat initiatives in coordination with other departments and the Executive's Office.
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is a progressive, nationally recognized wastewater treatment utility serving a major urban and suburban area of 1.6 million. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, WTD provides wastewater conveyance and treatment services to 32 local governments in western King and south Snohomish counties through long-term service agreements. The individual local govern...ments operate the local sewage collection systems that provide sewer service directly to residences and businesses, while WTD provides the major interceptors and treatment plants for the region. WTD employs approximately 600 people and has a current operating budget of $85 million. WTD is also engaged in a $1.7 billion capital improvement program intended to protect water quality and accommodate the substantial growth projected for the greater Seattle area over the next thirty years.
WTD is part of King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, which also manages much of the region’s solid waste through its Solid Waste Division, and regional parks through its Parks Division. The department also undertakes and manages a variety of surface water services and water quality activities through its Water and Land Resources Division. More information can be found at: http://dnr.metrokc.gov/
King County, one of the largest counties in the U. S., is governed by a directly elected executive and a thirteen member legislative body, elected by districts. It engages in a broad range of governmental functions and services and employs approximately 13,000 people.