Water Treatment Plant Assistant Operator

Columbia Power & Water Systems seeks an individual for a full-time, non-exempt, safety sensitive position to perform a variety of limited tasks, under direct supervision, to control Water Treatment Plant machines and equipment to purify and treat water for human consumption and for industrial use.

Duties/responsibilities on a limited basis as directed, instructed, and/or assisting others in the performance of the following duties under direct supervision: operate and control electric motors, pumps, and valves to regulate flow of raw water into the Water Treatment Plant; add specified amounts of chemicals, such as chlorine, alum, and lime into water or adjust automatic devices that admit specified amounts of chemicals into tanks to disinfect, deodorize, and clarify water; pump purified water into water mains; monitor panel board and adjust controls to regulate flow rates, loss of head pressure, water elevation, and distribution of water; clean tanks and filter beds, using backwashing (reverse flow of water); repair and lubricate machines and equipment, using hand tools and power tools; test water samples to determine acidity, color, and impurities, using colorimeter, turbidimeter, and conductivity meter; record data, such as residual content of chemicals, water turbidity, etc.; answer telephone for both water and power system after office is closed; maintain cleanliness of Water Treatment Plant; subject to stand-by, after-hours, and/or emergency call-out; work evening and midnight shifts as assigned (this position will exclusively be a midnight shift – 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. – position – and subject to weekends); and other duties as assigned.

Required skills/abilities include regular attendance at work; perform duties safely without endangering self, others, and the public; acknowledge and adhere to all CPWS policies; ability to read and understand instructions and job-related material (blue prints, drawings, orders, safety data sheets, distribution maps, manuals, etc.); ability to write; ability to follow instructions; ability to use basic mathematical skills to be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide; ability to communicate and exchange information with the public on the phone, especially during emergencies and outages; ability to work both inside and outside and be exposed to noisy places, fumes, chemicals, toxic substances, and machinery; ability to be exposed to weather conditions that are cold, hot, rainy, and windy; and the ability to satisfactorily complete off-site vocation education, in-house training programs, and on-the-job training.

Physical requirements include the following: ability to lift 0 – 100 pounds for 2 hours a day; ability to lift and carry 25 – 100 pounds for 2 hours a day; ability to walk; ability to stand for 8 hours a day; ability to stoop, kneel, and crouch for long periods of time; and the ability to talk, see, hear, reach, handle, and feel.

Education, experience, and qualifications include the following: high school diploma or equivalent required; valid State of Tennessee driver’s license required; Bachelor’s degree in engineering, math, science, or other related field preferred; and a State of Tennessee Grade IV license for Water Treatment Plant Operation preferred.

Residency requirements include residing within a CPWS service territory or Maury County due to the position being subject to stand-by, after-hours, and/or emergency call-out.

To apply for the position, interested applicants may submit resumes and/or applications. Resumes may be submitted by visiting CPWS’ Indeed.com Career Page on-line at https://www.indeedjobs.com/columbia-power–water-systems. Applications are available on our website at cpws.com. If not submitting a resume on-line through Indeed, fully completed applications can be mailed to CPWS, ATTN: Human Resources Manager, P. O. Box 379, Columbia, TN 38402-0379. On-line resumes and/or completed applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications will be discussed only at interview. Excellent benefit package. Drug-Free Workplace. Drug testing is a condition of employment with CPWS. EOE.

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