Utilities Operations & Maintenance Technical Specialist - Bellevue, WA

Employer: City of Bellevue

Job Description:
Job Summary:
The City of Bellevue – Bellevue welcomes the world. The City of Bellevue is a dynamic, international and multicultural, future-focused, diversity driven, high performing City. There are five essential and enduring principles that guide our actions and our decision making: Exceptional Public Service, Stewardship, and Commitment to Employees, Integrity and Innovation. We value all employees and their contributions. The City invests in its employees and encourages and rewards employee growth and development. We build on our commonalities and our differences. Bellevue is noted for its diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. The National League of Cities issued Bellevue its Cultural Diversity Award in 2015. Livability.com ranked Bellevue number 14 on its 2015 Top 100 Best Places to Live.

The Operations Technical Specialist position provides specialized technical expertise to operate, monitor, maintain, and repair drinking water and wastewater system components used to convey product throughout the City of Bellevue service area.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Drinking Water Related:
• Operate the water distribution system, regulating flows and pressures to ensure proper supply and fire flow coverage by means of a computerized telemetry system.
• Maintain and repair inlets, reservoirs, and pump stations solving operational flow problems resulting from facility failures involving pumps, motors, automatic and control valves.
• Monitor, analyze, and operate water system performance to maintain flows, pressures, and water quality.
• Monitor, troubleshoot, and analyze technical problems in the instrumentation for the water telemetry system, pH, and chlorine monitors, sensors, pressure transducers, probes, and cathodic protection.
• Isolate, clean, inspect, and disinfect water reservoirs.
• Install, test, repair, and replace large commercial water meters and inlet distribution meters.
• Assist in creating, implementing, and performing a flushing program that meets with the Endangered Species Act, Federal Safe Drinking Act, and other Department of Health standards.
• Monitor flows 24 hours per day to conform to Seattle's demand metering parameters during high system demand (June through September). Requires summer time shift work.
• Locate and mark underground water supply system components for construction and project design requests.
Wastewater Related:
• Operate the wastewater pumping system by means of a computerized telemetry system.
• Monitor, troubleshoot, and analyze technical problems in the instrumentation for the wastewater telemetry systems sensors, probes, and cathodic protection.
• Troubleshoot and solve operational flow problems resulting from facility failures involving pumps, motors, automatic and manual control valves.
• Monitor and analyze wastewater system performance to maintain delivery of sewage to downstream systems.
• Maintain pump stations - install, test, repair, and replace equipment related to support systems for pumping stations
• Isolate, clean, inspect, and repair wastewater pumps, check valves, drywells and wet wells.
• Assist in creating, implementing, and performing a training program.
• Locate and mark underground wastewater collection systems components for construction and project design requests. Electronically and non-traditional means of locating underground and submerged wastewater lines.
• Store files/data by means of automated technology.
• Record data, safely store collected data and ensure file integrity.
• Plan and coordinate inspection and maintenance of wastewater pumping station and secondary systems.
• Perform map changes and update/complete as-built drawing related to locates.
• Read and interpret diagrams, schematics, and technical drawings.
• Provide labor and technical support in the maintenance and operation of the City's Wastewater collection system, including but not limited to; Corrective Maintenance, Preventative Maintenance, Condition Assessment, underground locating.
• Build and maintain positive working relationship with internal and external customers.
• Independently respond to emergency situations including but not limited to, power failures, sewer back-ups, service breaks, customer requests, and utility locates.
• Operate a variety of hand and power tools.
• Be available for 24 hour emergency response on a rotating standby roster.

Education & Experience Requirements
• High school diploma or a GED equivalent.
• One or more years of specialized training beyond high school. Areas of study include: Basic Hydraulics, basic electrical, telemetry, automatic control valves, cross-connection control and confined space entry.
• Five years' experience in municipal maintenance or general construction activities.
• Two years' experience involving regular contact with customers/citizens, contractors, and staff.
• Minimum of three years in the operation, repair, or maintenance of municipal water distribution or wastewater collection system that includes pumping stations.
• Proficient in experience in computer entry and software applications.
• Experience in use of a variety of hand and power tools.
• Working knowledge of hydraulics, computer, and electrical systems.
• Ability to use general math skills (compute areas, volumes, and percentages).
• Ability to use general reading and writing skills (comprehend written information in order to take appropriate, logical action).
• Ability to work overtime as required (involving nights, weekends, and holidays).
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Demonstrated ability to adhere to safety procedures, work rules, and guidelines.
•General knowledge and ability to interpret maps, drawings, and records and provide feedback.
• Must be able to adapt to changing circumstances and modify behavior and attitude to fit the situation in order to obtain desired outcomes.
• Ability to anticipate problems, analyze situations, recognize alternatives, evaluate impacts, and find appropriate solutions.
• Demonstrated ability to adhere to safety procedures, work rules, policies, and guidelines as it relates to municipal maintenance and construction activities.
• Ability to work effectively independently and as a team member and to promote a positive environment and maintain appropriate relationships with other employees and the public.
• Ability to complete assignments on time.
• Ability to organize tasks and to prioritize work for self and subordinates.
• Exceptional verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
• Demonstrated mechanical aptitude and troubleshooting skills.
• Ability to work with minimal supervision.
•Positive attitude, professional appearance and strong work ethic.

Physical Requirements
• Work requires lifting up to 90 lbs., pulling, pushing, and climbing. Requires ability to walk, stand, crawl and stoop.
• Work also includes confined space work in underground vaults and water storage tanks, as well as hand digging with a shovel in outdoor environments.
• Individuals must have adequate hearing and visual acuity to successfully perform the essential job responsibilities and requirements of the position. Individuals must be able to hear and understand verbal communications and other outside sound sources. Vision abilities include close, distance, color, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
• Must be comfortable climbing water tanks up to 100'.
• May need to occasionally move 140 lb. manhole covers.
• Requires ability to walk, stand, crawl, bend, squat and stoop.

Certification Requirements
• Must be able to obtain a Washington State Class A commercial Driver's License (CDL) with tanker endorsement within one year of employment. Duties are performed both in the office and outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions.

Additional Qualifications
• Must be available and willing to respond to emergencies on a 24-hour basis. This position is a key member of the after-hour rotating duty standby and requires periodic overtime and call back.
• Possess a valid Washington State driver's license by date of hire. Must have and maintain a good driving record by city standards.
• Ability to operate heavy machinery, service utility vehicles, aerial boom trucks, and trailer mounted generators.
• Selected candidates must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test (consistent with Federal laws requiring drug and alcohol testing for all job classifications requiring a CDL)
• In-house applicants who do not currently possess a CDL will be subject to the pre-employment drug and alcohol test in accordance with DOT rules and regulations.

For further information about the job, please contact Chad Beck at 425-452-6130.
Questions regarding the on-line application process should be directed to 855-524-5627.

The City of Bellevue supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status. Persons needing assistance in the application process may call the Human Resources Office, at 425-452-6838.

Contact Person:
Location: Bellevue, WA
Application Method: Online: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/bellevuewa/jobs/2705013/utilities-operations-and-maintenance-technical-specialist
Base Pay: $69,196.08 - $87,130.80 Annually

Posted on February 10, 2020
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