Water Systems Operator II (Operating Engineer II) – OPEN UNTIL FILLED

City of Portland
Oregon, Portland
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Water Systems Operator II (Operating Engineer II) - OPEN UNTIL FILLED


City of Portland


Salary: $35.78 - $44.51 Hourly


Job Type: Regular


Job Number: 2024-00338


Location: Portland, OR


Bureau: Portland Water Bureau


Closing: 6/24/2024 12:00 AM Pacific


The Position


Job Appointment: Full-TimeWork Schedule: Four ten-hour shifts: Mon - Thurs 6AM - 4:30 PM or Tues - Fri 6AM - 4:30 PM - Shift To Be Determined Later.Work Location: 2010 North Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227Benefit: Please check our benefits tab for an overview of benefits for this positionUnion Representation: This classification is represented by the District of Council Trade Union (DCTU). To view current labor agreements, please visit https://www.portland.gov/bhr/employee-relations/labor-relations/labor-agreements. Applicants start at the entry salary rate. If you are a DCTU represented employee, see labor agreement for additional information or talk to your union representative. The Operating Engineer II is part of a broad classification that includes promotional opportunities:


Operating Engineer I: Pay range $31.49 - $34.61 hourly

Operating Engineer II: Pay range $35.78 - $44.51 hourly

Operating Engineer III: Pay range $38.75 - $47.09 hourlyThis classification offers premium pay for water certifications that are higher than the classification requires; and other instances as noted in the DCTU contract.


Application Material: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland's online portal. You will need to respond to the supplemental questions and attach a resume.


The City of Portland is looking for a Water Systems Operator (Operating Engineer II)!


The Water Systems Operator performs independently the full range of technical and mechanical duties in the ongoing operation, maintenance, and repair of pumps, motors, tanks, reservoirs, hydraulically operated valves, treatment systems, and other plant facilities in the City's potable water system.


Duties and responsibilities include:


  • Inspection, maintenance, repair, and operation of water distribution facilities in the Water Bureau.


  • Operation and maintenance of pump stations, tanks, reservoirs, transmission mains, and regulators.


  • Maintenance of micro-hydro generation units and the well-field supply system.


  • Performing chemical treatment and analysis of potable and non-potable water


  • A preventative maintenance program of rotating equipment including Vibration Analysis.


  • Reading technical manuals, including detailed equipment specifications, a variety of equipment diagrams and schematics, building and water system blueprints; and math calculations.


  • Calculating chemical additions, water volume, and rates of flow; collecting and conducting accurate water sampling analysis using analog and digital data-collection equipment, determining operational problems, and, acting quickly and decisively in bringing the system back to a normal state.


  • Make adjustments in water flow and corresponding chemical adjustments, and operate water control center facilities on assigned shifts.


As a person, you are:


  • Safety Conscious: you incorporate public safety and staff safety as top priorities in every decision.


  • Dedicated: you are focused on the task at hand despite competing priorities


  • Flexible/Adaptable: : youcan look at established processes and identify and implement changes and improvements
  • A Problem Solver: you can combine your understanding of drinking water treatment operations and maintenance as well as safety regulations to develop solutions that reliably and safely produce drinking water for the community.


Please note: On an as-needed basis on a 24/7 /365 schedule. Operating Engineers II must be available for all shifts, including the graveyard in the Water Control Center.


Work Site Information: you are required to work in confined spaces and underground facilities as deep as 40 feet; climb -and work on elevated water storage facilities at heights up to 160 feet, and lift to 50 lbs.


About the Bureau:


The Portland Water Bureau's 600+ employees work together to serve almost a million people in the Portland area. The bureau values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public.


Our mission: We serve excellent water every minute of every day.


Our vision: The water our community loves is safe and abundant for generations to come.


Our equity commitment: We work to uproot systemic inequities and their impacts on our employees and the people we serve. We commit to the difficult—and essential—work of transforming Water Bureau policies, practices, and culture to better serve historically and currently oppressed communities.


More Information about the bureau: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/water Questions?

Anna Morgan, Senior RecruiterBureau of Human Resourcesmailto:Anna.Morgan@portlandoregon.gov


To Qualify


Applicants should specifically address and demonstrate in their resume and answers to supplemental questions how their education, training, and/or experience meet each of the following minimum qualifications:


  • Experience operating drinking water distribution facilities per state and federal regulations.


  • Experience operating drinking water treatment facilities per state and federal regulations.


  • Experience with the mechanical maintenance and troubleshooting of water service pumps, valves, pressure regulators, meters, and related equipment.


  • Experience applying the Oregon Health Authority, DEQ, and OSHA regulations pertaining to water distribution and treatment systems.


  • Experience operating computers and related equipment including MS Office and CMMS work order applications.


  • Experience operating water distribution and water treatment systems through electronic and computerized SCADA (Supervisor Control and Data Acquisition systems).


Applicants must also possess:


  • A valid state driver's license and https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/12184acceptable driving record.
  • Oregon Health Authority, Water Distribution Operator Certification--Level II (Applicants from the state of Oregon must possess this certification at the time of appointment)
  • Oregon Health Authority, Water Treatment Operator Certification--Level I
  • Ability to pass https://www.portland.gov/bhr/recruitment/welcome-new-employee


Desired Qualifications:


Although not required, an ideal candidate may have the following:


  • CPR-First Aide certification
  • Log-out, Tag-out certification
  • Fall prevention certification
  • Confined Space certification
  • HAZMAT certification


The Recruitment Process


STEP 1: Apply online starting March 25, 2024


Required Application Materials:


  • Resume
  • Answers to Supplemental Questions


Optional Application Materials:

  • If you would like to request Veteran's Preference, please submit your Veteran documents (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc.) by the closing date of the recruitment.


Application Tips:

  • Your answers to the Supplemental Questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your answers to the supplemental questions.
  • Do not attach any additional documents.
  • Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment.


Step 2: Minimum Qualification Evaluation: Every two - three weeks until position is filled

  • An evaluation of each applicant's training, paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their answers to supplemental questions and resume, weighted 100%.
  • Your answers to the supplemental questions and resume will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • You have 14 days from the notice of the minimum qualification evaluation results to let us know if you would like to review and discuss your evaluation result. Please read the City of Portland https://www.portland.gov/policies/human-resources-administrative-rules/employment/hrar-301-recruitment-processes#toc-examination-review for complete information.
  • Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.


Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: Every two - three weeks until position is filled

  • Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list.
  • Please note, the selection process may take up to 90 days from the notification of being placed on the eligible list.


Step 4: Selection (Interview): Every 3-4 weeks until position is filled

  • Hiring bureau will review and select candidates for an interview.
  • Please note, the selection process may take up to 90 days from the notification of being placed on the eligible list.


Step 5: Offer of Employment and Step 6: Start Date:

  • A start date will be determined after all conditions of employment have been met.


*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.


Additional Information


https://www.portland.gov/bhr/career-center/recruitment-policy for additional information regarding the following:


  • City of Portland Core Values
  • Recruitment Process - Work Status
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Veteran Preference
  • ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations


An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer


To apply, please visit https://apptrkr.com/5133048




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