I have been in the wastewater industry for 21 years. I have worked at all levels of the plant, maintenance, operations, and supervisory. I have had to build budgets for all aspects of the plant as well, operations, labor allocation, and capital budgets.
I have a wastewater Class A license from MDEQ. I have taken numerous classes and training seminars through MDEQ, MWEA, MRWA, Doug Hill Environmental, and Oden Training. The wastewater industry is continually changing the technology that is available and I feel I excel in tapping into this new technology to help the plant run more efficiently and with the benefit of lowering operating costs.
I feel I am an effective leader who has the interpersonal communication skills to motivate people.
I am confident in my budget developement skills.
|I believe in setting goals for myself and for the people i manage. When people have goals and know what is expected they have a better chance of succeeding.|
This position was required to do electrical and mechanical work.
Electrical work examples: Designing, researching different products, ordering material, and installing new control equipment for 40 remote sewage lift stations and the wastewater plant. Working with control systems such as 4-20MA signals, 0-10 volt, or 1-5 volt. installing transducers, radar, ultrasonic, or bubbler systems. troubleshooting telemetery tone equipment for the communication from lift stations to the wastewater plant. Wiring equipment to the programmable logic controllers for monitoring status and for controlling equipment. We used programmable logic controllers to control pumps on/off, valves open/closed, speed of pumps, and modulating valves. We had the programmable logic controllers to interface with our SCADA system.
Mechanical work examples: Rebuild centrifugal pumps, piston pump, diaphragm pumps, progressive cavity pumps, and submersible pumps. I would break the pump down, replace bearings, o rings, mechanical seals, and reassemble the pump. I was in charge of building pump stations. I would create the piping material list for all the piping, valves, and other associated equipment the pump station would need. I would anchor the pump base down, install the piping out of the wet well to the valve vault, install check valves, plug valves, and associated pipe in the valve vault out of the vault for a contractor to attach the force main. I had to rebuild valves and valve actuators.
I was the head operator of the sewer video inspection crews. we would inspect sanitary and storm sewer every year for upcoming street reconstruction projects. We also would investigate any street issues that might be associated with a problem with the sewer such as a defective pipe seeping sand from the road.
I would be put into a position to watch over contractors that might be working on repairing a sewer in the street. I would overlook contractors that the city would hire to build pump stations or upgrades to the plant.
I would work in other departments of the city to try and repair issues either being an electrical or mechanical. This would consist of diagnosing the problem and to create a solution. This would mean researching new products or contacting the equipment representatives to order parts and sometimes manuals.
As the operations supervisor I am responsible for four electricians, 5 mechanics, 2 laborers, and one to two operators that are on shift.
I am responsible for the maintenance of a wastewater plant that has a firm capacity of 22 million gallons per day. It is an activated sludge plant. The plant has two different trains for treatment. A 1962 vintage trickling filter plant and a 1990 vintage oxidation concentric ring process.
I am responsible for the maintenance of 45 remote sewage lift stations throughout the city. These pump stations range from 2.2 hp duplex stations to 215 hp stations with five pumps.
I am responsible to maintain and clean 200 miles of sanitary sewer on a two year rotation basis. I also maintain 200 miles of storm sewer and thousands of catch basins that are cleaned on a five year basis. I have two large vacuum trucks and one straight flusher for this purpose. These trucks are replaced every 10 years. I have to have vendors provide demonstrations of these trucks and help build bid documents.
I am responsible for the operation and maintenance of a methane compressor building and 3.2 megawatt methane gas to energy facility. we pull the methane gas from the city's landfill, compress and condition the gas at the landfill. We then push the gas through a three mile pipeline to the gas to energy facility located at the wastewater plant. This plant has two 1.6 megawatt caterpillar generators that create power that is sold to Dow Chemical via Consumer's Energy grid. I am responsible for the inspection and documentation that is required from the state for the pipeline. I am responsible for the documentation and training for our operator certification program as it pertains to the pipeline.
I hire ten temporary employees to work during the summer every year. Four of these employees clean the underbrush and any blockages in the storm open drains that are in the city limits. I have to provide documents to our planning department as to how much debris was cleared and footage of drains cleaned and inspected. This information is used to help keep flood insurance premiums down for the citizens of the city. Two of the temporary employees will mow, weed, mulch, and paint the 45 pump stations all summer. Two other temporary employees will mow, weed, mulch, and paint around the plant. The last two temporary employees will work with full time employees on the sewer cleaning crews.
I have to overlook any contractor that repairs sanitary or storm sewer in the city. I also implemented a spot lining repair system that my staff is trained to install. This system has saved the city a considerable sum of money as now we don't have to conventionally dig up a sewer to do the repair.
I am responsible for preparing an annual operational budget and a six year capital budget.
I have been the safety committee chairman for eight years, on the process safety team for 20 years, on the city's risk management team for 4 years, and involved with the safety committee for 20 years.
I am responsible for training all the employees in safety and all aspects to their job. I budget funds every year for employees to get maintenance or operational training. Provide support for the employees to get DEQ certification.
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