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Unit Coordinator/Plant Manager
Ref No.: 17-01791
Location: Laurel, MD, Maryland
Position Type:Contract
Experience Level: 5 Years
Start Date: 06/05/2017
Position Description: **Temp to Perm or Perm If candidate requires it **$50-$54.00 per hour pay rate POSITION SUMMARY: This position serves as the lead Plant Engineer at a large water/wastewater/biosolids treatment facility or lead engineer of a water distribution system or wastewater collection system. Major responsibilities include assisting the Plant Superintendent/ Group Leader in the overall management of the treatment facility and associated off-site pumping stations and facilities, and overseeing the digital process control system activities. The Unit Coordinator, Plant Engineering will assume all Plant Superintendent / Group Leader duties as required. PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS: The following statements describe the general nature and level of the work performed. They should not be considered an exhaustive list of all duties. Employees may perform other related duties as required. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: • Supervises employees including selecting or recommending selection, training, assigning and evaluating work, counseling, disciplining, and/or termination or recommending termination; • Performs independent research to optimize performance of water treatment, wastewater treatment processes; • Reviews and interprets plant, collection, and distribution system operating data to identify process problems and recommends operational solutions to the problems; • Performs operational inspections of treatment, collection, and distribution facilities to determine compliance with WSSC standards and State and Federal Regulations; • Monitors plant operations and environmental conditions to ensure compliance with Federal, State, and Local permits and regulations and reports non-compliances ; • Directs the operations, maintenance and programming of the digital process control system equipment and IT networks equipment; • Coordinates plant treatment process control testing and proper calibration of on-line analytical equipment; • Manages the development, modification and maintenance of the facility's data management system for operational data, engineering plans and specifications; • Evaluates the training needs for personnel, arranges and administers training, assists with new employee orientation and assists operators preparing for the State of Maryland Operator’s License examination; • Reviews and updates standard operating procedures for plant systems, and ensures accurate operational records are maintained; • Manages the operation and maintenance of associated off-site pumping stations and off site facilities assigned to the group; • Supervises and directs plant engineers, civil engineers, first line supervisors, engineering assistants and interns assigned to the facility; • Often supervises the activities of various plant staff; • Compiles plant data to generate reports in compliance with State and Federal Regulations for reporting; • Reviews plans and specifications to help develop plant related designs, recommend equipment upgrades and process modifications ; • Reviews State and Federal permits for the facility to maintain compliance, assist with permit renewals or modifications and facilitates inspections for compliance; • Monitors all pertinent occupational, health and safety regulations and ensures compliance with all local, state, and federal requirements and facilitates inspections for compliance; • Prepares and revises chemical, material, and service contract specifications, reviews bids, recommends awarding of contracts, and acts as project manager representative of contracts; • Prepares new contracts and/or revises existing ones, reviews bids, recommends awarding of contracts, and acts as a Project Manager or the Project Manager’s representative (COTR) of contracts; • Keeps current with industry metering and measuring equipment. Evaluates the need for new equipment to maintain plant proficiency and requisitions materials, tools, chemicals and equipment as required by the task for the plant; • Reviews and performs analysis with various plant and process operating costs for economic comparisons to facilitate proposed plant modifications and staffing requirements; • Recommends allocation of budgeted funds and requests approval for major expenditures, authorizes petty cash outlays and payment requests upon approval, and initiates field purchase orders; • Assists with preparing the annual fiscal budget reports and various financial monthly and annual reports. Participates in the long-range planning, organization and direction of activities relating to the operation and improvements to the plants and collection facilities/ distribution facilities to maximize performance while minimizing cost and environmental impact; • Administers an employee safety program and protection plan, investigates accidents and prepares accident reports; • Performs related duties as required. OTHER FUNCTIONS: • Conducts plant tours, develops plant overviews, informational brochures, and historical summaries, and presents technical papers and presentations; • Employee is classified as “Emergency Personnel” and as such is subject to being called back in to respond to Plant emergencies during off hours. May also be required to participate in standby/call back duty; • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Skills Required: REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES: • Thorough knowledge of sound engineering principles and practices; • Ability to use solid professional engineering judgment and operating practices associated with water treatment/distribution facilities, wastewater treatment/collection facilities with the ability to manage same; • Considerable knowledge of the machines, equipment, materials and construction practices; • Ability to make engineering computations, estimates, and designs; able to review and interpret engineering plans and specifications; • Ability to supervise the work of others; • Ability to prepare and present engineering and administrative reports orally and in writing; • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships.

Experience Required: • 5 years experience in a specific program area such as environmental, water and wastewater utility operations and/or maintenance.

Education Required: • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four year college or university with a degree in civil or environmental engineering or a related field such as business administration, business management, physical science/chemistry;