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 Job Title: Water Treatment Operator-Gainesville
 Company Name: NAES Corporation
 Employment Type: Full Time
 Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, United States
 Department: Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (GREC)
 Salary: Highly Competitive
 Shift Hours/ Days: 12-hour rotating shift; 365 days/year; OT as needed
 Hours/Pay Period: 80
 Degree Required: High School/GED
 Job ID: 2012.01557
 Date Posted: Nov 9, 2012
 Years Experience: 2
 Service Category: Operations & Maintenance
 Location: Gainesville FL
 Plant Configuration: Biomass
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  Complete Description

NAES Corporation is the energy industry's largest independent, third-party provider of operations and maintenance services, and also serves the industry with specialized support services, gas and steam turbine inspections, mechanical shop repairs, electrical and mechanical construction and maintenance, and the placement of technical personnel. NAES is a full service provider offering a complete array of services dedicated to making facilities run more safely, reliably and cost-effectively.

The Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (GREC), a 100-megawatt biomass power plant under construction in Gainesville, Florida, will be fueled by clean wood waste.


The Water Treatment Operator is responsible for analysis and assistance in the technical applications and work relative to plant water treatment, water/steam quality control, and plant compliance to environmental/chemical safety requirements and regulations. The Water Treatment Operator is to conduct water chemistry functions safely, reliably, efficiently, and in full compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures.


Samples and analyzes all influent/effluent water.

Adjusts chemical flow rates to maintain acceptable chemistry.

Maintains necessary chemical stocks required for acceptable operations.

Orders and stores chemicals, and may estimate projected usage and specifications for purchasing.

Collects and analyzes water samples as required to support facility operations.

Assists the Plant Engineer in preparing written reports to the Plant Manager, including status

reports, data sheets, analytical test results, logbook entries, and local/state/federal environmental reporting concerning the chemical environmental conditions and status of process equipment and systems.

Assists in the investigation of plant problems, incidents, accidents, and unusual events, and provide analyses, recommendations, reports, and appropriate follow-up plans.

Perform, or assist, in routine maintenance functions as may be required on chemical related equipment and systems, including instrument calibrations and all other related procedures.

Assists or directs the cleaning of heat exchangers including chemical cleanings as necessary.

Participate, as necessary, in the development of any new testing procedures which would enhance the generation of important data.

Provide technical input for operations and maintenance training programs.

Perform housekeeping and maintenance support duties as required.

Review and prepare chemical and plant safety procedures. Conduct chemical safety audits.

Performs other duties as assigned.


The Water Treatment Operator operates from established and well-known procedures, performing duties independently with only general direction given. Decisions are made within policy constraints. The Water Treatment Operator encounters new and varied work situations, involving a high degree of complexity.

The Water Treatment Operator must ensure that all work is performed in a safe manner resulting in no accidents, in compliance with all environmental permits at all times. The Water Treatment Operator must effectively communicate information to the supervisors and managers, and other operations personnel, relative to the condition of the plant equipment and performance, and provide suggestions for plant improvement. The Water Treatment Operator must ensure duties are performed in such a way as to result in an optimum cost-benefit ratio.

All employees have the responsibility to both the customer and their co-workers to do the job right the first time and to ensure the customer's needs are being met.


The Water Treatment Operator reports to the Operations Supervisor and/or Lead Control Room Operator. The Water Treatment Operator cooperates with other employees as needed in the daily operation of the plant.


Physical requirements include: working on feet for 12 hour periods, requiring stair and ladder climbing; and routinely lifting 50 pounds. Protective equipment must be worn in the performance of some duties (e.g. hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection, chemical suits, hot gloves and high voltage protective equipment, etc.). Work with hazardous materials may be required.

Position requires extended working hours and varied shifts with weekend and holiday work, as required by schedules, work load and plant conditions. "On call" status will periodically be required.

All employees will participate in the Fitness for Duty Program. This program includes a post-offer physical examination and drug screening and post employment random drug screening. There are extensive smoking restrictions in and around the facility.


High school or vocational school diploma, or equivalent two (2) years' experience as a Water Treatment or Chemical Technician, preferably in a power plant environment, or a minimum of three (3) years prior job experience with emphasis on Chemical Technician or related skills. Strong practical experience in membrane technology, industrial waste-water treatment, and operation of a zero-discharge plant preferred. Knowledge of chemistry and chemical application, as related to the power plant engineering function, and power plant operations in general.

Interpretive, analytical and administrative skills, and the ability to communicate findings to appropriate members of plant management.

NAES offers competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package (including retirement) and promotional opportunities.

No phone calls please. 

It is the practice of NAES to seek employees of the highest quality and to select the individuals on the basis of merit and competence, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, military status or affiliation protected under USERRA, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by applicable local, state and federal law.

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