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AWT Plant Technician I

FLSA: Hourly

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(025) $17.45 - $24.86 an hour     $36,296.00 - $51,708.80 a year

JOB PURPOSE: This job title is used to fill positions with many different skill sets. This position may perform semi-skilled work in the electrical, instrumentation, mechanical or operations areas at the 96 MGD Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) Plant. Employee performs duties and assigned tasks in conformance with established procedures requiring the exercise of reasonable initiative and independent judgment. Many work activities involve hazardous materials and/or equipment and employees must comply with appropriate safety precautions when dealing with gas system, electrical system and other similar components and processes within the plant environment. Employees perform tasks that include climbing ladders, working in confined spaces and lifting 50 pounds. The successful candidate will work on a rotating 24/7-shift schedule with eight other technicians/shift. Tasks require the ability to work in a team environment.


High-school graduation or GED with two (2) years of utility or industrial experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Selected employee will have six (6) months beyond the standard probationary period to achieve the qualifying skills set (highlighted above)to meet Level I of the multi-skilled worker matrix.


For Operations Candidates:Candidates should also have a working knowledge of: Activated sludge processes, anaerobic digestion, nitrification/de-nitrification and chlorination/de-chlorination. The use of SCADA systems to monitor and control plant processes. Ability to conduct lab tests to ensure proper plant operation. Ability to work shift work including nights, weekends and holidays on a rotating basis. Ability to troubleshoot process problems in many different areas of wastewater treatment. Working knowledge of mechanical, electrical and instrumentation systems as they apply to the wastewater treatment process.

For Electrical Candidates: Repair of lights, outlets, locking out equipment and assisting higher level technicians. Have experience with low voltage (up to 600 volts) with motor starters and controls including VFDs and soft starts, relays, solenoids, batteries and various power systems and generators. Knowledge of medium voltage (15kv) power and distribution such as MCC’s double ended switchgear (both automatic and manual operation). VFDs, eddy current clutches and paralleling generators. Knowledge of power factor, thermography and harmonics along with being able to use 5kv megger, micro-ohm meter and voltage detectors up to 15kv as needed. The candidate should have extensive knowledge of electrical troubleshooting with and without a schematic diagram, and have the ability to make decisions to get equipment safely back in service.

For Instrumentation Candidates: Highly technical Instrumentation experience in industrial electrical/instrumentation troubleshooting and repair including: Ability to test and calibrate 4-20ma and 1-5volt control loops. PLC experience a plus; Ability to read, interpret and explain prints and schematics; Knowledge of safe work practices for high voltage electrical work along with the confined space, MSDS, lock-out/tag-out and others. Troubleshoot networking equipment. Calibrate analyzers, gauges, temperature, flow and level measuring devices; including voltage and current control loops. Install I/O devices and remote terminal unit. Conduct bench calibration of pneumatic controls. Knowledge of PID control, demonstrate knowledge of basic electricity and ohms law. Must have advanced computer skills in CMMS and SCADA systems, and have experience using a HART communicator. Trouble shoots temperature circuits using RTD, Thermocouple and Thermistors. Maintain and troubleshoot video surveillance equipment.

For Mechanical Candidates: Extensive knowledge and experience of PVC, steel pipe, copper, cast iron and stainless steel plumbing, reciprocating equipment, lubricants, the replacing of split type mechanical seals, shaft coupling replacement procedures, and pneumatic systems and their operating parameters. Ability to complete shaft & belt alignments on rotating equipment and conveyors using either dial indicator or laser alignment equipment. Have the ability to use a PC, and have basic knowledge of common software applications. (Ex: Microsoft Word and Excel.)

Knowledge and experience in the repairing of rectangular sedimentation tanks, belt dewatering presses, and belt and screw type conveyor systems. Knowledge of welding and fabrication using Mig, Tig, Stick, & Plasma cutter and torches. Experience in rigging and using hoisting equipment, and have the ability to operate a forklift. Basic mechanical and operational experience at a treatment plant or comparable facility preferred.


Possession of a valid Driver’s License.


Evaluation of training and experience. Selected candidate must pass a federal background check for Port of Tampa access. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Position open until further notice.

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6-27-14 (310100)

This office reserves the right not to consider those applications that have incomplete information, or that are received without necessary transcripts, certificates, licenses, or other required documents.