This is responsible professional and supervisory work providing administrative and technical direction of water treatment plant operations. Employee is the designated KDHE "Operator in Responsible Charge" for the water treatment plant. Work is directed and reviewed through the establishment of goals and subsequent evaluation of progress toward goal attainment.
Examples of Work Performed
Plans, organizes, and directs treatment of water.
Coordinates and reviews the work of others, giving direction and advice on complex technical problems.
Plans, develops, and conducts field investigations.
Evaluates plans and specifications for special projects.
Confers with and makes recommendations to industry and public officials.
Compiles and composes information for, and makes presentations to professional groups.
Interprets laws and regulations dealing with water quality set by the EPA and KDHE
Develops and implements plans, programs and regulations for the production of high quality water
Assists with audits of treatment plant operations to ensure compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements.
Supervises, recruits, and trains Class IV Operators at the Water Treatment Plant
Completion of work assignments may require the operation of a vehicle.
The examples of work performed are not intended to be all-inclusive.
The City of Wichita reserves the right to assign additional responsibilities as needed.
Requirements of Work
Intimate knowledge of laws, rules and regulations related to water treatment
Ability to acquire and maintain a Kansas Class IV Water Supply System Operator Certification within 2 years
Ability to effectively plan, organize, and supervise the work of others
Ability to interpret scientific data
Knowledge of electronic instrumentation and SCADA systems
Ability to be available 24/7 to provide technical support for plant operations
Ability to tolerate outdoor elements and inclement weather
Ability to make presentations to various groups
Ability to understand and interpret water quality and environmental data
Ability to analyze impacts of regulatory requirements on the operation
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, employees of other Departments, and representatives of other organizations.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
Ability to acquire and maintain a Kansas driver's license
An employee shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.
Required Experience and Training
Graduation from a four-year college with a degree in engineering, a related scientific field, or a substantial amount of experience, plus at least two years of experience applying scientific and technical principles in water treatment. Kansas Class IV Surface Water Supply System Operator Certification preferred. Offers of employment are contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical, which includes drug screening, and upon satisfactory evaluation of the results of a criminal record check.
Internal Number: ENV SVC PROG SUPV
About City of Wichita - Public Works & Utilities
The department of Public Works & Utilities' mission is to provide world-class infrastructure and environmental health programs. The Public Works & Utilities department manages multiple infrastructure systems, asset groups, and environmental compliance activities. It is the City's largest department with 858 positions, an annual operating budget of $255 million, and nearly $1.7 billion in Capital Improvement Program projects, through 2025. There are 12 funds and 24 division budgets that support annual activities. The utilities section manages approximately 5,000 miles of water and wastewater distribution and collection lines, provides drinking water and wastewater service to nearly half a million people, and delivers and treats and average of 18 billion gallons of water each year. In November 2017, Wichita City Council voted to optimize the Water and Sewer Utilities through a City-led approach to “Utilities Optimization – Phase II”. The objective of Phase II will be to identify and implement efficiencies in water and sewer operations that will lead to savings. With a focus on preventive maintenance, Phase II will allow the City to take a more proactive approach to asset manag...ement.Faced with more than an estimated $1 Billion in deferred maintenance, Public Works & Utilities is looking for operational savings in order to allow for more aggressive capital investment. Over the last several years, the City has worked to replace aged water and sewer lines and is now focusing on the water and wastewater treatment plants. With a single water treatment plant that has aged past its useful life and new regulations facing wastewater treatment, the City continues to look for innovative and efficient capital investment strategies.