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Utility Plant Specialist – Water Utility Division – Richmond, VA

This class works in the City’s water or wastewater treatment plants and ensures that the plant and equipment are functioning properly. Incumbents utilize knowledge and skills in multiple trades, such as mechanical or electrical work, to perform the assigned duties. Duties include conducting preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and repairing equipment, and monitoring equipment and other functional aspects in the plant. Incumbents use their knowledge to ensure that work performed is in compliance with State, Federal, and local laws, regulations, and policies.

This broad banded class includes incumbents from an entry-level (who work according to set procedures under direct supervision) to highly skilled level (who work with minimal supervision). Specialists may be assigned to Zones I through IV, with each Zone requiring performance of progressively responsible duties along with possession of commensurate competency and certification requirements.

As assigned, incumbents may serve as lead workers, assigning work and monitoring work completion. As assigned, incumbents may act as supervisors in the supervisors’ absence.


Supervision Exercised/Received:

  • Exercised: This classification typically does not supervise other employees but may act as lead for lower level employees;
  • Received: This classification typically reports to a supervisor;
  • Note: Other reporting relationships may apply.

Example of Duties: The City of Richmond, Department of Public Utilities seeks to fill an Utility Plant Specialist position in the Water Utility Division.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing and assigning repairs and maintenance tasks to assistants/helpers;
  • Supervising work to ensure standards are met;
  • Ordering supplies and parts to ensure orderly maintenance program and to support future operations on basis of incoming work orders;
  • Coordinating maintenance tasks that are performed by personnel from other City departments or by outside contractors;
  • Maintaining records and work order files;
  • Generating routine and recurring reports.

This position is considered an essential personnel and is subject to work on-call hours and during natural disasters and emergencies.

If necessary, this position may require working nights, weekends and/or holidays, as needed.

Qualifications, Special Certifications and Licenses:

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:

  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • Two years of experience in a related field;
  • Advancement through the broadband depends in part on additional experience (Zone II, minimum of 12 additional months of experience; Zone III, minimum of 18 additional months of experience; and Zone IV minimum of 36 additional months of experience;
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience (as approved by the department) may be used to meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.


PREFERRED TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:

The successful candidate will demonstrate through a complete on-line application and Supplemental Questionnaire:

  • At least two years’ experience repairing centrifugal pumps, valves and chemical feed pumps;
  • Working experience and history of ensuring maintenance work is captured in Computer Maintenance Management System or similar systems;
  • HVAC, Welding or Fabrication experience is a plus;
  • Heavy equipment mechanic experience is a plus;
  • At least one (1) year experience as a team lead/crew chief is a plus;
  • Microsoft Office Suite experience.


LICENSING, CERTIFICATIONS, and OTHER SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Requires a valid non-commercial Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record. Incumbents assigned to Electrician duties are required to have a Journeyman’s electrical license.
  • Zone II requires all the above plus Forklift certification.
  • Zone III requires all the above plus VA Contractor Board Journeyman license.
  • Zone IV requires all the above plus VA Contractor Board Master License.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

TYPICAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: These are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.


Knowledge (some combination of the following):

  • Conduit bending and installation
  • Electric motor/wiring Megger testing
  • National Electrical Code
  • NFP 70E and Arc Flash Hazards
  • Principals of boiler maintenance and operations
  • Principles of HVAC
  • Centrifuges
  • Chemical metering
  • Electrical and mechanical equipment used at a utility plant (e.g. water purification, pumping, and wastewater equipment)
  • CMMS automated system
  • Utility plant operations
  • Safety practices and principles


Skills (some combination of the following):

  • Troubleshooting electrical circuits
  • Updating, repairing, and replacing plant lighting systems
  • Maintaining and repairing electrical systems ranging from 120 volts to 4160 high voltage
  • Disassembling pumps
  • Carpentry and plumbing
  • Problem solving and trouble shooting
  • Reading and understanding drawings, blueprints, and maps
  • Using and operating various equipment safety and correctly
  • Using chemicals properly
  • Working with vendors


Abilities (some combination of the following):

  • Operating equipment such as bucket trucks and forklifts
  • Operating back-flow testing equipment
  • Operating plumbing equipment such as sewer snakes and drain cleaners
  • Operating power washers, chain saws, lawn mowers, weed eaters, and pruners
  • Operating cranes and other equipment for hoisting and pulling equipment
  • Operating equipment for laser alignment of pumps and motors
  • Operating and use basic hand and power tools
  • Operating drill press
  • Operating torches
  • Operating refrigerant equipment such as gauges, recovery machines, leak detectors, and scales
  • Operating electrical and electro-mechanical equipment

Americans with Disabilities Act Requirements:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS: Working conditions may include exposure to travel to other locations within the City of Richmond as well as outside of the City of Richmond; exposure to hazardous physical conditions such as mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, etc.; atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odors, dusts, gases, and poor ventilation; inadequate lighting; intense noise; and environmental hazards such as disruptive people, imminent danger, and a threatening environment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Due to the nature of work assignments, incumbents must be able to perform detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks, with frequent interruptions and under time constraint. The essential duties of this classification may require the ability to regularly talk, hear, see, and perform repetitive motions; frequently climb, balance, kneel, crouch, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift; and occasionally stoop, crawl, finger, grasp, and feel. The working conditions may include environmental hazards. In terms of the physical strength to perform the essential duties, this classification is considered to be heavy work, exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

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