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Operator I at Veolia North America

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Location: San Luis Obispo, California





Job Description:
Position Summary:
The Operator I maintains water/wastewater treatment, processing, disposal and testing equipment in water/wastewater treatment facility to purify water to meet permit and operational requirements.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Consistently demonstrate the ability to learn and independently operate assigned machines and equipment meeting or exceeding processing and quality targets.
  • Demonstrate ability to learn and independently operate equipment such as pumps, engines, centrifuge, generators, valves, gates, mixers, conveyors, blowers, dryers, chemical feed, odor control, disinfection equipment, sludge processing filters, belt presses and measuring/control devices, testing equipment and material handling equipment.
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a team environment and willingness to assume additional or new responsibilities readily
  • Manage shift operations of equipment as directed.
  • Provide leadership by example and mentor other team members on the same shift.
  • Perform maintenance activities to keep the equipment operating smoothly and reliably
  • If the Lead Operator, Supervisor or Project Manager are not present, be the primary contact to the customer during the shift.
  • Proactively identify, report and correct safety conditions at the site and lead safety by example.
  • Any other responsibilities or activities as directed by the Lead Operator, Project Manager, Site Supervisors and other Veolia management or safety representatives.




Educational Background:
High School education or equivalent with the ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally (operational, process, safety and quality instructions). Must have the ability to perform basic math equations. Associate's degree in a science or technical area strongly preferred.


Job Skills/Characteristics:

  • Must demonstrate proficiency in the care and use of all site specific, facility required PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), including respirators, gas detectors, confined space equipment, etc.)
  • Must consistently demonstrate the ability to operate assigned machines and equipment meeting or exceeding processing and quality targets under general supervision.
  • Must demonstrate ability to efficiently operate equipment such as pumps, engines, valves, gates, mixers, conveyors, blowers, dryers, chemical feed, odor control, disinfection equipment, sludge processing filter presses, and measuring/control devices, testing equipment and material handling equipment.
  • Must have the ability to diagnose process and mechanical problems in single or multiple unit processes, troubleshoot basic equipment and take corrective action within policy and procedure limitations.
  • Must demonstrate a working ability to use computer programs for process control.
  • Must demonstrate ability to work in a team environment and willingness to assume additional or new responsibilities readily.
  • Must be able to respond to emergency calls as needed and work extended hours to accommodate site needs.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and a safe driving record.
  • Must be able to pass a drug screen and criminal background check.
  • Experience/Knowledge:
  • Typically holds or is working toward an intermediate level water and/or wastewater treatment certificate. (Requires minimum water/wastewater license as required by regulatory agencies at the site).
  • Two to five years' experience in a related position and environment with knowledge of the methods, techniques, and practices of water/wastewater treatment.
  • Work Environment:
  • Oil Field with hot working temperatures in the Summer and cold temperatures in Winter.
  • Must be able to climb ladders and stairs, lift 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to bend over, kneel, reach overhead and otherwise contort in order to access equipment behind panels.
  • This job requires physical exertion and requires a lot of walking up and down hills, carrying 50lb buckets and pulling hoses.