Laboratory Technician, MPWTP - 3077

Career Purpose

Provide laboratory analysis of water and wastewaters at the City of Lawton Water Treatment Plants.

This position will be assigned to the Water Treatment Plants of Public Works.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION:

  • Regularly perform analytical tests according to Environmental Protection Agency protocol in order to maintain proper operation of the laboratory.
  • Regularly use accurate and verifiable test results for compliance reporting to Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, and operational personnel for in-house process control.
  • Regularly collect, organize, and/or preserve samples for analysis, storage, or shipment.
  • Regularly perform chemical and bacteriological analysis as required.
  • Regularly document all findings by filling out station bench sheets, operational reports, logbooks chain of custody forms, spreadsheet, and graphs.
  • Regularly prepare chemical reagents and bacteriological media and stains according to Environmental Protection Agency standards.
  • Regularly provide clerical support to the division which may include requisition processing, word processing, filing and other clerical duties common to a municipal utility.

 

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Frequently clean laboratory and equipment, including wiping counters, washing glassware and sample bottles, sterilizing equipment and apparatus and wiping down analytical equipment.
  • Frequently maintain a Quality Control (QC) program to assure accurate laboratory results.
  • Frequently monitor lab inventory and requisitions chemicals and supplies as necessary.  Contacts supervisor when equipment is in need of repair or calibration.
  • Occasionally update standard operating procedures (SOP’s) according to standard methods as regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Occasionally respond productively to change and performs other tasks as needed.

POSITION STANDARDS:

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from a accredited high school, GED equivalency or vocational school supplemented by special training as a Laboratory Technician.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the materials, methods, techniques, tools, and equipment used in the areas of specialization.
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards involved and safety precautions necessary for the safe conduct of work and equipment operation.
  • Knowledge of standard operating procedures used to perform approved analytical tests.
  • Knowledge of chemical analysis techniques and processes.
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate computerized analysis equipment and related laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to perform many tasks simultaneously and produce accurate test results in a timely manner.

Special Requirements:

  • Possession of a valid Oklahoma drivers license.
  • Possession of or the ability to obtain a Class “C” Water Lab certification from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality within one (1) year of date of employment and a Class “B” lab certification from the ODEQ within one year of being eligible to test.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE POSITION:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Regularly: Required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must be tolerant of heights.

Frequently: Required to stand and talk or hear, walk, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell. The employee must frequently lift and or move up to 50 pounds

Occasionally: Exerting 10 to 25 pounds of force

Rarely: Lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects up to 100 lbs

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions, and is exposed to all weather extremes. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to use hands and fingersto handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit and frequently required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl or smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to ten (25) pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to one hundred (100) pounds with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distant vision, clear and peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Frequently:       Works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions. Works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions.

Occasionally:   Exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals.

The noise level in the work environment is moderately noisy which requires hearing protection. The noise level of the work environment is quiet in the office or laboratory, moderately quiet in the service vehicle, but is noisy in the field.

While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee frequently works near moving and vibrating mechanical parts.  The employee rarely works in high, precarious places; is rarely exposed to fumes or air borne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and is rarely exposed to risk of electrical shock.

The employee will occasionally be exposed to wet or humid conditions and will frequently be exposed to outside weather conditions of extreme heat or cold with occasional ice or snow.

The employee will rarely be working during hours of darkness and will occasionally be near heavy vehicle traffic.  The employee will occasionally be working in or near excavations or confined spaces.

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

The personal contacts are typically with employees of different disciplines, external agencies and with the general public.  The contacts are to answer questions requiring explanations or limited interpretation of advanced procedures.

NOTICE:

This document is a temporary management guide tool and is subject to change.  The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. 

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

Vacancy #
3077
Closing Date
Career Type
Full-time
Salary
$1,156.27 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Water Wastewater

How To Apply ?

Option 1: Online - Adobe PDF

Note: You need to have Adobe Reader Installed on your device to submit the application online. Download or complete the attached application.

Option 2: By Mail

Return all completed application material to :

Human Resources Department
City Hall
212 SW 9th St
Lawton, OK 73501

Application material must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on the closing date (postmark alone is insufficient). The closing date is listed on the job announcement or the application material.

Option 3: In Person

The Human Resources Department is located on the 2nd Floor inside City Hall.

Human Resources Department
City Hall
212 SW 9th St
Lawton, OK 73501