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Plant Technician

9300 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48209, USA Req #17
Monday, February 3, 2020

One Water, One Team

When you work at Great Lakes Water Authority, you help make a difference in the environment and in your local community.

“One water, one team” is more than just a phrase, it’s our way of doing business. Here, you don’t work for GLWA, you work with GLWA. And together, we’re racing toward a shared goal to become the region’s most-trusted, high-quality water and wastewater resource.

We are looking for Plant Technicians to perform duties in Wastewater Treatment Operations including but not limited to process operation and analysis, equipment maintenance, and process sampling and analysis. Work is performed in a team environment. Our wastewater treatment plant, the largest single-site treatment facility in North America, is used as a benchmark for other plants across the Midwest. Are you mechanically inclined, detail oriented and a thorough self-starter? If so, a Plant Technicians positon within our large dynamic facilities can offer you an entry-level position to gain on the job training and work experience necessary for higher certification in the water industry.

Responsibilities (not all-inclusive)

  • You will learn to operate basic wastewater treatment plant equipment and processes to continually monitor plant-wide operations
  • Our Plant Techs take equipment and process readings at various locations throughout the plant; load and unload chemicals, polymers, and other materials manually and using motorized equipment
  • You will collect and perform tests on water and sludge samples; perform sampling and basic testing and analysis for process needs
  • Perform maintenance and troubleshoot equipment on wastewater treatment equipment while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE); maintain various records and prepare reports.
  • As a Plant Technician you will regularly inspect the working condition and maintain the cleanliness of equipment and surrounding areas; clean light fixtures and replace lamps and bulbs; assist with clearing snow in emergency situations.
  • Communicate problems to team leader or members and conduct plant tours and deliver other presentations as needed.
  • Perform shift work which includes all day, afternoon, night, weekend and holiday assignments.

Required Education & Experience

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • One year of general laboring, treatment plant operations, mechanical maintenance and repair, facilities maintenance or electrical repair work or equivalent training in a related field
  • Advance to Level 2 and obtain a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator D Certification within three (3) years of Level 1 designation

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Occupational hazards and safety precautions of facility operation maintenance and repair; perform equipment adjustment and alignments
  • Methods, tools and materials used in the diagnosis, repair and maintenance of wastewater plant equipment; Minor equipment maintenance and repair functions
  • Equipment, operations, practices and safety precautions relevant to the treatment and disposal of wastewater
  • Accurate wastewater plumbing methods and techniques, working knowledge of light and some heavy equipment operating principles, practices and procedures of the hazards and safety precautions common to GLWA
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) permit requirements
  • Understand assets, criticality and failure modes
  • Use basic technology; develop proficiency in unit specific operations and software
  • Use computers to monitor automated control systems, query and generate work orders, and to maintain various databases and automated records
  • Handle valve and piping replacement and repairs; drain cleaning, snaking, and process pipe cleaning
  • Effectively utilize appropriate safety equipment and procedures
  • Lead team activities or to work as a team member and maintain regular and reliable attendance
  • Understand and follow verbal and written instructions to communicate effectively and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Communicate frequently with team members and other units across the Organization about processes, equipment or potential problems

Other Requirements:

  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • A valid Michigan Driver’s License and the ability to drive a motor vehicle on all terrain
  • Follow security and safety policies and procedures in carrying out work duties
  • Provide on the job training

GLWA offers competitive pay and the starting wage or salary, if hired, is variable. Factors such as your demonstrated hard and soft skills, your level of education, history in the sector or industry, and relevant work experience will all be evaluated.

We also offer an opportunity for advancement, on the job training, ongoing professional development, tuition assistance and a career in a sector that safeguards public health, supports and strengthen communities, and protects the environment.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Other details

  • Job Family Plant Technician
  • Job Function Operations
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education High School
  • 9300 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48209, USA