The Village of Winnetka is seeking a Plant Operator in the Water & Electric Department. The Plant Operator operates and maintains all aspects of both the Water and Electric Plant. This position performs maintenance on diesel generators, turbines, boilers and circuit breakers for electric power generation, and operates equipment for the proper and safe filtration and purification of water, including water sample testing. Additional duties include, but are not limited to, monitoring equipment, maintaining records of operations, inspecting and testing equipment, and performing equipment repair and building maintenance.
Electric Plant Operations
Ensure proper and safe operation of the Electric Plant and its infrastructure according to department, local, state, and federal requirements.
Control, regulate, adjust or synchronize pumps, boilers, engines, water and cooling water feed systems, blowers, circuits, transformers, substations and other equipment, or direct and coordinate workers to do same, in accordance with information obtained from indicator instruments, consumer demand, and as conditions warrant, to supply power and transfer processed water to consumers and ensure equipment operation within recommended or prescribed ranges.
Monitor equipment by means of regular and frequent inspection rounds. Keep records of generating and switching, maintenance and repair actions; equipment malfunctions; and the readings of gauges, meters, charts, and instruments.
Operate and maintain the Plant Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system.
Receive trouble calls from consumers and other departments; notify line crews of the location of troubled circuits; and dispatch workers for repairs.
Relay information and technical instructions between line crews and appropriate departments for trouble requiring action not covered by standard operating procedures.
Verify accurate recording and reporting of switching operations to ensure safety of line crews and avoid interruptions of service during repairs.
Receive check-in calls from workers.
Confer with Electric Plant Superintendent to resolve generating or distribution problems and to report normal and emergency work activities and personnel matters.
Perform routine maintenance and repair tasks such as, but not limited to: general housekeeping of Electric Plant, substations, and other facilities; painting; insulating; cleaning and lubricating pumps and auxiliary equipment; cleaning and repairing boilers; repairing pipelines; tightening glands and pipe joints; packing valves; and replacing gauge glasses, using hand and power tools. Assist in major mechanical maintenance and repair assignments such as, but not limited to, putting boilers in storage; overhaul, maintain, clean, and inspect boilers, auxiliary equipment, steam turbines, and diesel generators.
Clean, lubricate, repair, adjust, inspect, test, and listen for sounds from machinery that warn of malfunctioning mechanical and electrical equipment.
Contact IMEA (Purchased Power Provider) to arrange exchange of power according to contract or emergency situations and coordinate tie-in with other systems.
Assist in electrical maintenance and repair projects, as assigned by Electric Plant Superintendent.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Water Plant Operations
Acquire and maintain knowledge of procedures and equipment to assure proper and safe operation of water plant according to department, local, state, and federal requirements.
Operate and control machinery to regulate flow of raw water into treatment plant. Feed specified amounts of various chemicals into water or adjust automatic devices that admit same into raw or finished water to disinfect and clarify water. Monitor all equipment throughout the treatment process.
Monitor and adjust controls to regulate flow rates, water elevation, and the distribution of raw and finished water within the plant. Operate valves to regulate water through filter beds to remove impurities and direct flow of water throughout the plant. Operate filters by placing them in and out of service, monitoring their performance, setting their flow rates, and backwashing them when indicated.
Report and log operational abnormalities and problems to Water Plant Superintendent and other plant operators.
Respond to and recommend further action to be taken in response to emergencies.
Perform and/or supervise testing of water samples to determine acidity, color and impurities. Acquire and maintain knowledge of procedures and equipment to assure proper and safe using use of titrators, turbidity meters, and conductivity meter, etc.
Record, document, and interpret data relating to water and if necessary recommend and/or modify chemical feed and filtering processes. Recommend and/or take corrective actions to maintain appropriate water quality.
Acquire computer knowledge and skills required for the position and learn to operate and maintain the Plant Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system.
Recommend scheduling of equipment outages for preventive maintenance, purchase of spare parts, supplies and services to be included in plant operating and capital budgets.
Clean, lubricate, repair, adjust, inspect, test, and listen for sounds from machinery that warn of malfunctioning mechanical and equipment.
Perform routine maintenance repair tasks and general housekeeping of Water Plant.
Assist in maintenance and repair projects, as assigned by Water Plant Superintendent.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Desired Minimum Qualifications
Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
Skill in reading and understanding various gauges, and ability to recognize possible inoperative or malfunctioning machinery.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, especially Word, Excel, and Access.
Mechanical ability to utilize tools and equipment for the repair, modification, and/or improvement of plant equipment.
Ability to use and program Programmable Logic Controllers.
Demonstrate ability to think logically and sequentially, such as computer programming.
Knowledge of use of hand and power tools.
Read, clearly speak, and legibly write the English language.
Valid driver's license.
Work shifts are rotating to cover 24-hour operation and are normally 8 hours in duration, 40 hours weekly, but may be extended in the event of emergency, personnel shortage, workload, work in progress or training, and include weekends and holidays. Position also requires that when working an operating shift, employees must work until relieved by other personnel.
Work is sometimes required under adverse or unusual conditions in all weather conditions and at all hours of the day. The position requires effective audio-visual discrimination and perception, hearing sufficient to understand verbal direction and detect abnormal equipment operation and alarms, the performance of fine hand control procedures as well as lifting up to 100 pounds, climbing, stooping, walking and standing for long periods of time.
Salary Range: $90,962 - $112,576, annual DOQ.
Within six (6) months of hire, obtain valid State of Illinois Approved Laboratory Analyst Certification in microbiological analysis for Total Coliform, and E. Coli Examination of Water from Public Water Supplies and their Sources (MMO-MUG).
Within 12 months of hire, obtain valid EPA, State of Illinois, Public Water Supply Operator Certificate of Competency, Class "D" certificate.
Within 24 months of hire, obtain valid EPA, State of Illinois, Public Water Supply Operator Certificate of Competency, Class "C" certificate.
Within 36 months of hire, obtain valid EPA, State of Illinois, Public Water Supply Operator Certificate of Competency, Class "B" certificate.
Within 48 months of hire, obtain valid EPA, State of Illinois, Public Water Supply Operator Certificate of Competency, Class "A" certificate.
Additional Salary Information: The Village of Winnetka is an established North Shore suburban community, located approximately 20 miles north of Chicago. Its Water & Electric Department, with 32 employees, is responsible for the water and electric plants (located on Tower Road adjacent to Lake Michigan) as well as both distribution systems. The peak electrical demand for the Village is 40 MW. This department works closely with a separate Public Works Department that provides other public services.
For questions or assistance, please contact Ann Eriksson, Human Resources Generalist, at (847) 716-3546 or email@example.com.