Utilities Laboratory Technician
Company: City of Moline
Posted on: March 21, 2020
UTILITIES LABORATORY TECHNICIAN
Application Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with a 30 minute unpaid
Salary: $24.2577 Hourly
Characteristics of the Job
Under direction of the Water Laboratory Chemist, performs technical
laboratory work in the analysis of water or wastewater; responsible
for conducting a variety of technical laboratory analyses to ensure
quality standards are being met and to identify and determine the
characteristics of source, treatment plant, finished and
distribution water, industrial, commercial and institutional waste
in the sewage system; interprets test results; informs appropriate
personnel of abnormal test results.
Examples of Duties Other duties may be assigned.
Perform chemical, physical and biological analysis as required by
federal and state regulations, city ordinance and department
policies and procedures and record results.
Perform required analysis in and around the laboratory and sample
collection sites that are related to lab and treatment plant
Secure representative samples from residential, industrial,
commercial and institutional establishments and perform laboratory
analyses as directed.
Conduct routine and special tests to ascertain the characteristics
of materials likely to require special treatment.
Maintain laboratory quality assurance records and test results
using various forms and computer spreadsheets and databases.
Maintain proper operation, quality assurance and calibration of
laboratory related equipment.
Assist manager in analyzing test results that are abnormal
according to standard operating procedures and assist in corrective
Maintain laboratory inventory and notify manager of needed
Prepare chemical solutions and reagents as directed.
Clean and sterilize glassware and other laboratory equipment.
Implement new laboratory procedures as directed.
Training and Experience
High school diploma or GED equivalent supplemented by college level
course work in chemistry, biology, microbiology and related
sciences; one (1) year progressively responsible experience in
water or wastewater plant operations, wet chemistry or
microbiological laboratory operations; or any equivalent
combination of training and experience which provides the required
knowledge, skills and abilities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of chemical and biological principles,
terminology, techniques, equipment and laboratory tests pertaining
to analysis of samples; good knowledge of microbiological test
procedures including heterotrophic plate counts, total coliform and
fecal coliform testing; and the processes and treatment stages
involved in water and wastewater; knowledge of occupational
hazards, safety precautions and personal protective equipment (PPE)
related to water and wastewater treatment and laboratory
Exceptional skill in providing customer service and in establishing
and maintaining effective working relationships with other
employees, officials, and the general public, skill in developing
and maintaining manual and computerized record systems of water
analysis and laboratory operations; and operating Microsoft Word,
Excel and Outlook.
Ability to use laboratory and related equipment and to compute and
record test results; perform required tests; plan workload to meet
time requirements; comply with all local, state and federal safety
regulations related to the work performed; prepare professional
reports; perform routine tests to maintain status in the United
States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Illinois
Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and Illinois Department of
Public Health (IDPH) Quality Assurance Programs and train other
employees in laboratory procedures.
Licenses, Registrations and Certifications
- Valid Illinois driver's license or equivalent.
- Certification from Illinois Public Health Department to perform
heterotrophic plate counts, total coliform and fecal coliform
testing within six (6) months of hire.
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
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly
required to talk or hear; frequently required to walk; occasionally
required to stand, sit, use hands and fingers to handle, feel and
make fine adjustments, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance,
stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close
vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth
perception and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to work under
varied weather conditions. Employee is regularly exposed to
hazardous chemicals, microorganisms, and biological matter, as well
as domestic and industrial wastes.
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