Austin Water Treatment Operations & Maintenance Technician Associate (Wastewater Division), Austin, Texas

Created 02/23/2021
Employer City of Austin, TX
Reference 406806
Job Type Full Time
Country United States
State Texas
City Austin
Minimum Qualifications
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, plus one (1) year of experience in a similar work environment such as process control, plant operations, construction, or in the operation, repair and maintenance of mechanical or industrial equipment.

Thirty (30) semester hours of relevant formal education from an accredited institute may substitute for one (1) year of work experience.

Licenses and Certifications Required:
Must obtain appropriate TCEQ License as specified by position within one (1) year of employment:

Wastewater Treatment Plant or Wastewater Collection System Facility: TCEQ Class D Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator License or Class I Collection System License.

Must obtain the appropriate TCEQ Class C Wastewater or Class II Wastewater Collection System License before Class D License expires.

May require a Valid Texas Commercial Driver's License with endorsements.

Valid current Texas Class "C" Driver License.

Must be able to become certified for Respiratory Protection and Confined-Space Entry Program within six (6) months of employment and maintain certification.



Notes to Applicants

These positions will be filled as AW Treatment O&M Technician Associate

To learn more about what it means to be a Treatment Operations & Maintenance Technician Associate and the benefits of working for Austin Water, please click here for our informational brochure.

This position is responsible for the operations of a water or wastewater treatment plant, as well as the maintenance and repairs of the related equipment. For general information about a career as a Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant System Operator, click HERE

Working with Austin Water provides a number of health and welfare benefits, such as medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more - click HERE for more information. Additionally, this position offers a career progression plan, which provides a unique opportunity to promote without having to go through the competitive process. As employees go through on-the-job training to develop new skills and abilities and obtain the appropriate license, they are eligible to submit for Career Progression, which allows them to demonstrate knowledge and skills without having to interview for the promotion.

These positions may be filled at the following locations:

Lift Stations
Various locations
Shift: Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Hornsby Bend Biosolids Plant
2210 S. FM 973, Austin, TX 78725
Shift: Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm (Maintenance) OR
Sunday through Saturday 6:00 am to 6:00 pm or 6:00 pm to 6:00 am (Operations)

South Austin Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant
1017 Fallwell Lane, Austin TX, 78717
Shift: Monday through Friday 6:00 am to 2:00 pm (Maintenance) OR
Sunday through Saturday 6:00 am to 6:00 pm or 6:00 pm to 6:00 am (Operations)

Walnut Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
7113 FM 969, Austin, TX 78724
Shift: Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm (Maintenance) OR
Sunday through Saturday 6:00 am to 6:00 pm or 6:00 pm to 6:00 am (Operations)

Work location and shift assignment for candidates selected will be determined based on business need and is subject to change at management's discretion.

All positions may be required to work weekends, holidays, overtime, callback, and on-call.

Technical Licensure: This position requires employees to obtain a Class D Wastewater License from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ( TCEQ ) within one (1) year of employment. TCEQ may restrict granting an occupational license to individuals with certain criminal convictions. To review TCEQ's criminal conviction guidelines, go online to TCEQ .

Driving Requirement:
This position requires a Valid current Texas Class "C" Driver License or the ability to acquire one by your hire date. External New Hires must meet the City of Austin's Driver Record Evaluation ( DRE ) requisite. To be considered for a driving position, applicants cannot have more than three moving violations or a total of six Driver Record Evaluation points within a period of thirty-six (36) months. Job Offer is contingent on having a driving record that meets the City's Driver Record Evaluation Standards.

Confined-Space Entry Requirements: Candidates must be able to work in environments which may have hazardous atmospheres, or in confined spaces where there is limited or restricted means for entry and exit, or where the activities of an employee are hindered. Candidates must be able to qualify for the Utility's Respiratory Protection Program.

Climbing Requirements: Candidates must be able to perform duties with confidence at sites where climbing ladders up to 205 feet is required, and where descending into confined spaces up to 100 feet deep is required. Safety climb equipment such as harnesses are required for climbing.

When completing the City of Austin employment application: A detailed, complete employment application helps us to better evaluate your qualifications, and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position.

Please detail on the application any previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications. Provide each job title and employment dates for all jobs included on the application. Your work history should include the duties you performed, any supervisory or lead responsibilities, and any equipment and computer software used.

A résumé and cover letter may be submitted, but will not substitute for a complete employment application.

If you are selected to interview:
  • Your skill level in General Maintenance, Basic Industrial Math, and Safety in the Workplace will be assessed, with a required minimum passing score of 70%.
If you are selected as a top candidate:
  • Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED , undergraduate and/or graduate degrees) will be required. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution.
  • And are in the military or a veteran, you will need to provide a copy of your DD-214 prior to confirming a start date.

Effective October 1, 2014, all Austin Water worksite locations are tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any AW worksite - including construction sites, parking lot, garage or in any personal vehicle located on the premises.

Pay Range
$17.38 to $21.72 per hour

Hours
See shift information by location in Notes to Applicants

Job Close Date
03/08/2021
Type of Posting External
Department Austin Water Utility
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Technical
Location See location information in Notes to Applicants
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience operating and performing preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and rebuilding of industrial equipment and machinery
  • Experience working in an industrial setting; which could include treatment plant, oil, gas or refinery, mining, automotive and heavy machinery repair
  • Experience performing facility operation and maintenance tasks related to process control and process optimization
  • Direct experience with lift station operations and maintenance (Lift Stations Only)
  • Training or experience in plumbing or pipefitting
  • Training or experience in welding and metal fabrication
  • Experience using computerized work order system, basic computer navigation skills and ability to learn new software applications
  • TCEQ Class D Wastewater License or higher

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
Assists with process control tasks such as basic flow control, sampling, basic laboratory testing, normal operations of pumps and blowers, and adjusting chemical feeds.Assists with preventative maintenance tasks such as lubrication; changing equipment oil/fluids; and installing packing, bearings, and seals.Assists with predictive and corrective maintenance on specialized equipment such as pumps, blowers, clarifiers, and valves.Assists with routine rounds of the facilities to monitor treatment process and identify process anomalies or mechanical problems with plant equipment.Monitors data from SCADA systems and computerized control systems, instrument panels, and gauges in order to make basic process changes as directed.Maintains plant operations and maintenance records using log books, databases, and spreadsheets.Acts as member of Confined Space Entry Team and may serve as entrant or assistant.

Responsibilities - Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised:
None.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of general maintenance processes and procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic math including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimalized numbers, fractions, and percents.
  • Skill in using computers and related software.
  • Skill in using hand tools and power tools.
  • Skill in operating a motor vehicle and motorized equipment.
  • Ability to work in environments that may have hazardous atmospheres.
  • Ability to climb ladders and work at heights of up to 200 feet, and to work in confined spaces up to 100 feet deep.


  • Ability to work in permit and non-permit confined spaces where there is limited or restricted means for entry and exit, or where the work activities may be hindered.
  • Ability to safely wear anti-fall ( SRL ) body harness for confined space entry that supports up to 283 pounds.
  • Ability to walk, stand, sit, bend, stoop, twist, push, pull, climb, kneel, crawl, and lift/carry up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to read and follow technical guidelines and standard operating procedures
  • Ability to take simple readings from meters, gauges, control panels, and testing and monitoring equipment.
  • Ability to meet and maintain driver eligibility standards detailed in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program

    Criminal Background Investigation This position does not require a Criminal Background Investigation
    EEO/ADA
    City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

    Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  • * This position requires a High School diploma or GED and one (1) year experience in a similar work environment such as process control, plant operations, construction, repair and maintenance of mechanical or industrial equipment. Thirty (30) semester hours of relevant formal education from an accredited institute may substitute for one (1) year of work experience. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?
    • Yes
    • No
  • * This position will require flexibility to rotate between Operations and Maintenance duties including rotating between a 12 hour day shift and 12 hour night shift which will include weekends. If offered this position, are you willing to maintain this type of rotating schedule?
    • Yes
    • No
  • * This position is categorized as "Essential Personnel". Essential Personnel are considered critical positions and may be required to work during emergencies outside of or in addition to the normal schedule. If offered the position, are you willing to work scheduled and unscheduled hours as mandated by the needs of the business?
    • Yes
    • No
  • * This position will require that you be able to perform duties with confidence climbing heights in excess of 20 feet on ladders that support up to 300 lbs., descending into confined spaces up to 30 feet deep with the use of a SRL Body Harness that supports up to 265 lbs., and lifting and or carrying equipment or supplies weighting up to 50 lbs., unassisted. Will you be able to fulfill these essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations?
    • Yes
    • No
  • * This position requires working in environments which may have hazardous atmospheres. Are you willing to meet the requirements of Austin Water's Respiratory Protection Program, with or without reasonable accommodations?
    • Yes
    • No
  • * Describe your experience entering confined spaces, the types of work you performed, and the types of Personal Protective Equipment you used.
    (Open Ended Question)
  • * This position requires a valid Texas Class C Driver License. Do you have a valid Texas Class C Driver license or, if selected for this position, do you the ability to acquire a valid Texas Class C Driver license by your hire date?
    • Yes
    • No
  • * An essential and required function of this position is that you provide your own transportation and/or drive a City of Austin vehicle to perform city business in and outside of Travis County. If selected as a top candidate, do you understand that your driving record will be evaluated to ensure it meets the City's Safe Driving Record Standards?
    • Yes
    • No
  • * Which of the following describes your experience in maintenance of industrial or mechanical equipment such as pumps, motors, boilers, blowers, and air compressors?
    • None
    • Less than one (1) year
    • One (1) to three (3) years
    • Three (3) to Five (5) years
    • More than five (5) years
  • * Describe your experience in maintenance of industrial equipment such as pumps, motors, blowers, air compressors, and lawn equipment.
    (Open Ended Question)
  • * Describe any experience you have working in an industrial setting, including experience in areas such as a treatment plant, oil, gas, refinery, mining, automotive and heavy machinery repair.
    (Open Ended Question)
  • * Which of the following best describes your experience with process control or plant operations?
    • None
    • Less than one (1) year
    • One (1) to three (3) years
    • Three (3) to five (5) years
    • More than five (5) years
  • * Describe your experience with process control or plant operations.
    (Open Ended Question)
  • * Describe your experience with Lift Station Operations and Maintenance.
    (Open Ended Question)
  • * How many years of experience do you have in plumbing or pipefitting?
    • None
    • Less than one (1) year
    • One (1) to three (3) years
    • Three (3) to five (5) years
    • More than five (5) years
  • * Describe any training or experience that you have in plumbing or pipefitting.
    (Open Ended Question)
  • * How many years of experience do you have in welding and metal fabrication?
    • None
    • Less than one (1) year
    • One (1) to three (3) years
    • Three (3) to five (5) years
    • More than five (5) years
  • * Describe your training and/or experience in welding and metal fabrication.
    (Open Ended Question)
  • * Describe your computer experience including the types of software applications you have used and skill level (basic, intermediate, or advanced).
    (Open Ended Question)
  • * Describe your experience with a computerized maintenance management system or online work order system.
    • None
    • Basic: completing assigned work orders or service requests, entering notes and follow-up information, reading assignments
    • Intermediate: assigning labor and parts costs, entering meter read information, investigating prior work for an address/customer
    • Advanced: creation of a service request or work order, entering a follow-up task, plus all of above items
  • * Which of the following best describes your Wastewater License issued by TCEQ?
    • I have a Class "D" Wastewater License issued by TCEQ
    • I have a Class "C" Wastewater License issued by TCEQ
    • I have a Class "B" Wastewater License issued by TCEQ
    • I have a Class "A" Wastewater License issued by TCEQ
    • I have a Class "I" Collection System License issued by TCEQ
    • I have a Class "II" Collection System License issued by TCEQ
    • I have a Class "III" Collection System License issued by TCEQ
    • I do not have a TCEQ License
  • * The City of Austin Driver Eligibility Standards require that External New Hires meet the City's Driver Record Evaluation (DRE) requisite. To be considered for a driving position, applicants cannot have more than three moving violations or a total of six Driver Record Evaluation points within a period of thirty-six (36) months. Do you meet this requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  • * Were you referred to this opportunity by an Austin Water employee? If yes, please provide employee's full name.
    (Open Ended Question)

    Optional & Required Documents
    Required DocumentsOptional Documents
  • Resume

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