City of Meridian Seeks Plant Tech & Operator

CIVIL
SERVICE COMMISSION

of the City of Meridian

City Hall   ·   2412 7th Street

P. O. Box 1430

Meridian, Mississippi  39302-1430

(601) 485-1931

 

AN EQUAL
OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M/F

NOTICE OF CIVIL
SERVICE EXAMINATION

 

UTILITY PLANT TECHNICIAN – FRESHWATER (4063)

 $26,680 beginning annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $47,992

 OPENING DATE:  February 9, 2022

CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be accepted until 12:00 Noon on March 11, 2022

 Pursuant to Article 5, Section 5.04, of the Civil Service Code of Rules and Regulations (attached), the Commission may reject, or cause to be rejected the application of any person for admission to a test, or may, after examination, decline to certify, or may remove from an eligible list, an applicant who is deemed disqualified. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals.  Inspects, repairs and maintains the chlorine, acid and alum rooms at the freshwater treatment plant and the various tanks, equipment and machinery located within each room; programs and/or reprograms computer programs relating to machinery operation; inspects safety equipment; ensures proper use and settings of temperature devices, chemical levels and storage levels; ensures tanks are clean and properly pressurized; replaces parts and motors.  Installs and maintains water booster stations and sewer pump stations for the wastewater treatment plant; inspects pumps for proper fluid levels; cleans stations; seals packings in motors; troubleshoots control panels; retains serial numbers, part model listings and other identifiers for booster pumps; troubleshoots to determine problems and/or causes of malfunctions; confers with engineers to resolve problems; ensures emergency generator for proper operation.  Designs and maintains lift stations; inspects for proper operation; repairs and/or replaces motors or pumps when needed; checks for unusual noises and vibrations; replaces any bulbs or other components; uses computer programs and other supporting items when designing and building lift stations to adhere to all applicable regulations.  Conducts maintenance and repair work on plant equipment and tools; troubleshoots electrical and mechanical problems on equipment; repairs minor electrical problems; conducts machinery and safety inspections; ensures equipment is functioning properly and that plant personnel are following strict local, state and federal safety regulations; trains staff regarding policies and procedures.  Operates various city-owned equipment and vehicles to include truck, crane, welder, portable lift station, bucket truck, dump truck, torch, electrical testing equipment and other machinery and tools as required; follows all safety regulations and guidelines during operation.  Inspects aerators, pumps, pinch valves, mixers, pipe galleries, filters, motor control centers, sludge basins and wells; ensures proper operation and lubrication; removes parts and cleans; resets and cleans turbidity meters at pipe gallery; evaluates safety equipment for operational ability and protection; checks for leaks and damages; ensures air compressors and chemical drivers are functioning properly; clears blockages.  Prepares specifications for equipment and pumps in order to prepare requests for bids for projects and jobs; prepares materials lists for each job; orders and maintains supplies; sends paperwork to appropriate department for processing.  Interfaces with engineers, contractors, vendors, sales personnel and the general public; arranges outside services for crane, electrical and machine work; consults with engineers regarding city-fund projects; makes recommendations; answers questions and provides information and guidance as needed.  Maintains the cleanliness of buildings and grounds; ensures the safe operation of equipment and machinery; adheres to all local, state and federal safety regulations.  Prepares daily logs, reports, inventory lists, letters, memoranda, forms and other pertinent documentation relating to plant operation and staff; proofreads for accuracy and completeness; approves and/or submits for approval; makes copies and files for future reference.  Refers to various manuals, books and other reference materials regarding engine repair and vehicle parts and accessories; follows procedures according to specified guidelines; refers to parts manual when ordering specific parts for vehicles and equipment.  Other related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  High school diploma or GED; supplemented by vocational/technical training in mechanical and electrical operations; supplemented by three (3) years previous experience and/or training that includes installation and troubleshooting of mechanical systems and complex machinery required; or any equivalent combination of education,

training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.  Must possess and maintain a valid Mississippi driver’s license. 

EXAMINATION: The examination will consist of a written test and oral examination representing 100% of total score.  Weights will be assigned as follows: written test 70%, oral test 30%.  The written test shall be conducted at 9:00 A.M. on March 24, 2022, in the Second Floor Conference Room, Union Station, 1901 Front Street, Meridian, Mississippi.  Applicants must attain a written test score of 70 or above in order to be considered.  No written test will be rescheduled regardless of circumstances. Candidates passing the written test shall be required to pick up written notification of the location, date, and time of the oral exam from the Civil Service Office. Eligibility shall be for a period of up to one (1) year from the date of certification.  Persons should not apply unless they clearly meet the qualifications set forth in this announcement.  False statements are grounds for rejection or discharge from employment.  All position classifications will require criminal background report and work history.  Failure to complete the background investigation phase shall constitute a failure in the examination.  Certification of Eligibility for this position is contingent upon verification of information submitted on Civil Service Application. 

As a prerequisite for employment with the City of Meridian, all job applicants offered employment must submit to a drug and alcohol test.  Any job applicant who tests positive for drugs or alcohol will not be considered for employment. 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  The City of Meridian does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age and disability in employment or the provision of services.  THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT PROHIBITS EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE DISABLED.  However, as a legitimate business necessity applicant must be capable of performing all essential functions of this position, which are considered as bonified occupational qualifications. Indicate special needs. For Civil Service Application and further information contact: Civil Service Commission, First Floor, City Hall, Meridian, Mississippi, or telephone 601-485-1931. 



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UTILITY PLANT
OPERATOR- FRESHWATER (4065)

 $22,594 beginning annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $41,345

 OPENING DATE:  February 9, 2022

CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be accepted until 12:00 Noon on March 11, 2022

 Pursuant to Article 5, Section
5.04, of the Civil Service Code of Rules and Regulations (attached), the
Commission may reject, or cause to be rejected the application of any person
for admission to a test, or may, after examination, decline to certify, or may
remove from an eligible list, an applicant who is deemed disqualified. 

ESSENTIAL
FUNCTIONS:  The purpose of this position is to ensure the wastewater and freshwater
treatment plants are functioning correctly in order to provide safe, properly
treated water for the City of Meridian. 
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  testing and recording chemical balances in
the water and adjusting as needed; cleaning and maintaining silos, pumps and
tanks; removing sludge and other debris from tanks and lines; and performing
other duties as required.  Plans,
coordinates and organizes the work assignments for subordinate staff; instructs
subordinates in proper maintenance and operation of plant and provides
technical assistance as needed; ensures proper plant operations and that all
applicable safety regulations are followed by personnel.  Tests water samples for pH balance,
alkalinity, hardness, turbidity, chlorine levels, and fluoride amounts; adjusts
chemical dosages as needed to ensure safe and properly treated water;
calibrates and controls the feed supply of chlorine used to kill unwanted
bacteria in water after treatment and before entering city creeks and other
waterways; monitors chemical levels to adhere to parameters set local, state
and federal safety guidelines; records information in logs and computerized
databases.  Maintains proper water flow
to and from several treatment locations by means of mechanical gates; adjusts
and monitors several electrical drive units to aid in the control of numerous
electrical motors; adjusts the contents of large holding tanks and digesters,
mechanical gates, blowers, and presses. 
Records chemical and utility usage; calculates normal chemical dosage
requirements; reads data from chemical feed supply systems; records information
into computerized databases and daily log reports; submits to appropriate
individual or department.  Operates
numerous types of pumps; monitors pump operations; packs and adjusts pumps as
needed; lubricates joints and gears and keeps oil levels correct in large
influent pumps; adjusts and monitors emergency pumps to ensure proper operation
in case of crisis.  Removes sludge and
other debris from tanks and lines; operates sludge press and digester; pumps
sludge out of holding containers; cleans the tanks and replaces parts and
components as needed.  Operates and
maintains distribution, aeration, flocculation, sedimentation, lime slurry and
filtration systems; calculates and adjusts water flow to the distribution
system; maintains liquid alum system; bleeds aerator lines; drain and cleans
flocculation and sedimentation basins; manipulates and adjusts filters,
controls and valves as needed.  Drives
various vehicles and equipment to include tractor trailer, front-end loader,
dump truck, pick-up truck; operates specialized machinery and equipment to
include chain hoist, pH meter, computer, turbidity meter, chlorine analyzer,
diesel generator, and other equipment as necessary to complete assignments;
maintains equipment and performs repairs to ensure proper working order.  Receives and responds to emergency requests
relating to the water and sewer plant operations; remains on call as needed;
operates emergency diesel generator. 
Prepares shift reports, daily logs, reports, inventory lists, letters,
memoranda, forms and other pertinent documentation relating to plant operation
and staff; proofreads for accuracy and completeness; submits for approval as
needed; makes copies and files for future reference.  Refers to various blueprints, manuals, books
and other reference materials regarding equipment repair and operation and
parts and accessories; follows procedures according to specified guidelines;
refers to parts manual when ordering specific parts for vehicles and equipment.  Performs other related duties as required

MINIMUM
QUALIFICATIONS:  High school diploma or GED; supplemented by vocational/technical
training in specialized machinery and equipment maintenance and repair;
supplemented by one (1) year of previous experience and/or training involving
freshwater utility plant equipment and machinery, or a related area; or any
equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides
the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.  Must evidence a valid Mississippi driver’s
license when submitting Civil Service Application and must maintain same as a
condition of continued employment. 

EXAMINATION: The examination
shall consist of a written test and oral examination representing 100% of total
score.  Weights will be assigned as
follows: written test 70%, oral test 30%. 
The written test shall be conducted at 9:00 A.M. on March
22, 2022
in the Second Floor Conference Room, Union Station, 1901
Front Street, Meridian, Mississippi. 
Applicants must attain a written test score of 70 or above in order to
be considered.  No test will be
rescheduled.   Candidates passing the
written test shall be required to pick up written notification of the location,
date, and time of the oral exam from the Civil Service Office. Only one (1)
attempt to take the assessment test for this position will be permitted.   The results of the assessment test will be
posted in the Civil Service Commission office on February 17, 2021. Eligibility
shall be for a period of up to one (1) year from the date of
certification.  Persons should not
apply unless they clearly meet the qualifications set forth in this
announcement
.  False
statements are grounds for rejection or discharge from employment.
  All position classifications will require
criminal background report and work history. 
Failure to complete the background investigation phase shall constitute
a failure in the examination.
 
Certification of Eligibility for this position is contingent upon
verification of information submitted on Civil Service Application.  The Civil Service Examining Board reserves
the right to curve the test and results may be curved in accordance with the
guidelines provided by the test provider and based upon the needs of the
department.

As a prerequisite for employment with the City of
Meridian, all job applicants offered employment must submit to a drug and
alcohol test.  Any job applicant who
tests positive for drugs or alcohol will not be considered for employment. 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITY:  The City of Meridian does
not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion,
age and disability in employment or the provision of services.  THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT PROHIBITS
EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE DISABLED. 
However, as a legitimate business necessity applicants must be capable
of performing all essential functions of this position, which are considered as
bona fide occupational qualifications. 
Indicate special needs.

For Civil Service Application and
further information contact:

Civil 
Service  Commission,  First 
Floor,  City  Hall, 
Meridian,  Mississippi,  or 
telephone  (601) 485-1931. 

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