Laboratory Technician, WWTP - 3253

Career Purpose

To provide laboratory analysis of water and wastewater at the City of Lawton Wastewater Treatment Plant.

This position is assigned to the Wastewater Treatment Plant Division of the Water/Wastewater Department.

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 uses proper techniques to assure safety in the laboratory.
  • Regularly collect, organize, and/or preserve samples for analysis, storage, or shipment.
  • Regularly perform chemical and bacteriological analysis, including tests for chlorine, phosphorus, ammonia, pH, temperature, percent solids, biochemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids, settleable solids, volatile solids, and others 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 clean laboratory and equipment, including wiping counters, washing glassware and sample bottles, sterilizing equipment and apparatus and wiping down analytical equipment.

 

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Frequently abide by 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.
  • Frequently maintain SDS records for chemicals used in the laboratory.
  • 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 driver’s license.
  • Must obtain a Class “C” Wastewater certification as issued by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality within one year and a Class “C” Wastewater Lab certification within one year of being able 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         = 67% of the work time or greater;

Frequently       = 34% - 66% of the time;

Occasionally    = 12% - 33% of the time;

Rarely             = less than 1 hour in an 8-hour shift.

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.

Regular            = 67% of the work time or greater;

Frequently        = 34 - 66% of the time;

Occasionally    = 12% - 33% of the time;

Rarely              = less than 1 hour in an 8-hour shift.

Frequently:      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.

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.

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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence on September 21, 2020.  All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.

 

Safety Sensitive:

This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. The “safety sensitive” positions in the following categories may be subject to periodic random drug testing pursuant to City of Lawton Administrative Policy 3-02: Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. The categories listed are inclusive of City of Lawton jobs only.

  1. Police Officers or Peace Officers;
  2. Employees authorized to carry firearms;
  3. Employees with drug interdiction responsibilities;
  4. Employees that work in direct contact with inmates;
  5. Employees engaged in activities which directly affect the safety of others.

 

Notice:

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 and employee and is subject to change by 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 #
3253
Closing Date
Career Type
Full-time
Salary
$1,156.27 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Public Utilities

How To Apply ?

Application Instructions

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