Wastewater O&M Specialist Trainee – Los Angeles, CA

Starting at $20.00-$22.00 per hour plus benefits. Entry level position. No certification required Must have general mechanical, electrical and labor experience.

Advantages of Joining the Team

You will work with and learn from one of the founders of the company, Ric Vardel, who has a distinguished technical and project management experience supporting complex wastewater projects. As our Environmental Scientist and Wastewater Specialist, he has in-depth understanding of the required operations and maintenance of treatment plants. Mr. Vardel has the highest State of California Mandatory Wastewater Treatment Plant Certification, Grade V. He was the youngest person to achieve the Grade V Certification in California in 1983.

You will have opportunities to work at many unique locations and facilities, leaning all levels of field operations, including ground up construction, operations, PLC programing, and building and designing control panels, pipping and electrical, and SCADA Systems. You will work on private and governmental jobs. In addition, you will learn the practical and scientific processes involved in successfully running and operating Advanced On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems, On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems, Membrane BiorRecotors, Automation and Computerization and Trouble Shooting.

Job Description


The Wastewater O&M Specialist Trainee performs a wide variety of routine tasks related to the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant, under direct supervision of a certified wastewater treatment operator.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Good Attendance
  • Conduct treatment process control sampling, testing and recording process tests
  • Provides general maintenance and repair
  • Inspect process equipment according to established procedures
  • Record meters and gauge readings
  • Identify and correct equipment malfunctions and assist with the construction of new facilities
  • Provides detailed reports to a supervisor or manager


  • Ability to understand mechanical repairs, methods and troubleshooting
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision
  • Skilled in communicating effectively with team members, management and external organizations under normal and emergency conditions
  • Skilled in the use of handheld manual and power tools
  • Basic skill in reading and interpreting diagrams and prints
  • Skilled in the use of communication devices such as computers, smartphones, wireless hotspots and handheld radios
  • Proficient in Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 10, MS Access, MS Word, MS Outlook, Gmail and Google Drive
  • Proficient in verbal and written English communications

Work Environment

This job operates in outdoor and indoor environments. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, smartphones, and printers.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

The work is regularly performed both inside and outside in seasonal climate and weather conditions. Exposure to uneven ground, heights, and extremes in temperature, humidity or wetness may be encountered. Exposure to excessive noise, bio hazards, dust, gas, fumes or chemicals may be encountered. The employee will be required to wear and/or use the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety equipment/apparel as required, but not limited to, OSHA standards.

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to sit, stand, walk, and bend; occasionally squat, climb, kneel, twist; repeated hand grasping, fine manipulation, push and pulling, reaching and keyboarding with both hands.

The employee must be physically able to routinely lift up to (50) fifty pounds, and (100) one hundred pounds with assistance, exerting in excess of (100) one hundred pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of (50) fifty pounds of force occasionally. Additionally, the employee must be able to proficiently swim without fear of large water tanks or holding areas.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full time position and hours of work and days are set upon hire. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.


This position requires the ability to drive all company vehicles without limitations; including, the ability to read a map or obtain driving directions independently, sit for extended periods of time driving long distances (can be up to 300 miles a day). The employee may also be required to but not limited to, assist coworkers by driving to pick up and delivering parts, transportation of samples from client locations to laboratories.

Required Education and Experiences

No previous education or experience is required. Experience in construction is highly desirable but not required.

Licenses and Certifications

Possession of a valid Class C California’s driver’s license, and a satisfactory driving record.

IPC Mandatory Requirements

  • Employee will be subject drug screening at time of hire and for cause drug screening throughout length of employment
  • Subject to background check in accordance with State, Federal, and Local Laws
  • Must pass new hire physical
  • Required to sign Non-Disclosure Agreement

Work Authorization

  • Social Security Card, and
  • Driver’s License

OR (1) one of the following:

  • S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
  • Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
  • Employment Authorization Document Card (Form I-766)

EEO Statement

Integrated Performance Consultants, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age (over 40 or older), disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Note: Must live within 50 miles of Malibu, CA.


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