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Waste Water Treatment Operator at Lamb Weston in Hermiston, Oregon

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Job Description:

Job Description Summary
This position is responsible for operating and maintaining the Plant's environmental processes including but not limited to: Domestic Water System, Industrial Wastewater and Land Application systems including pretreatment and reclamation, Air Pollution Control equipment, Potable and Process Water Delivery, Solid Waste Management, and analytical and recordkeeping associated with these systems.

Job Description
  • Follow all plant safety policies and procedures. Be actively involved in safety, participate in safety programs, engaged in safety activities and demonstrate ownership as well as leadership in personal safety and the safety of other team members.
  • Monitor and operate water source, chlorination and treatment plant equipment in accordance with specified procedures through direct observation and human machine interface (HMI) system. This includes, but not limited to, levels, flows and pressures of running equipment.
  • Monitor treatment process by collecting samples in accordance with specified procedures by performing physical and chemical field and laboratory sample analyses.
  • Perform laboratory analyses on samples collected in accordance with specified procedures.
  • Review and interpret data results from analyses. Perform process changes and adjustments as needed to maintain correct operation of system.
  • Maintain effective treatment processes by managing and dosing correct amounts of chemicals in accordance with specified procedures.
  • Record meter readings and laboratory test data into daily communication logs and computer system.
  • Operate, maintain and calibrate sensors for temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, level and pressures.
  • Repair and adjust water source, chlorination and treatment facilities.
  • Manage wastewater solids, potato by-product, oil waste, water usage, etc.
  • Notify by-product hauling trucks when appropriate to maintain proper levels.
  • Correct minor mechanical problems and perform assigned preventive maintenance duties on a regular basis.
  • Follow good housekeeping practices and Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Wear required Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Actively participate in Continuous Improvement activities.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Water Treatment Team Leader
Job Qualifications
  • 1 + years of experience in wastewater treatment, chemical lab, and/or food processing
  • Be able to qualify and safely drive a company vehicle and maintain eligibility to drive
  • Read, understand, and obey all plant rules and practice safety as outlined in the employee handbook
  • Demonstrate ability to apply Math skills for system management
  • Demonstrate ability to infer and decipher results and make appropriate adjustments
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate verbally and through use of Microsoft SharePoint
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of computer applications such as Microsoft Office, SAP, QA Data Systems
  • Demonstrate understanding of troubleshooting and problem solving of systems
  • Obtain Oregon State Wastewater Operator Level 1 collection, Level 1 treatment within 18 months of starting position.
  • Practice proper body mechanics and safe lifting techniques
  • Be knowledgeable of the potential hazards and safety procedures associated with the task being performed
  • Actively practice and abide by all Company work, safety, and personal hygiene rules and regulations as outlined in the employee handbook
  • Be able to work independently and as a team player
  • Be organized, and plan ahead
  • Be able to lift 50 pounds unassisted, and in a safe manner
  • Available to work overtime, days, nights, and weekends (12 hour shifts 4:3 schedule)


High school diploma or general education degree (GED) preferred.

Oregon State certified Wastewater Operator I or II (preferred)

Language Skills

Effectively communicate in English, verbally and in writing. Ability to understand instructions and follow directions in English.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the functions of this job. The employee:

  • Will work in areas where the noise level may exceed 85 dB.
  • Will regularly work near moving mechanical parts.
  • Will frequently be exposed to humid conditions as well as moderate heat.
  • May frequently work around fumes or airborne particles, chemicals, and vibration.
  • Will work around forklift traffic.