Field Technician in Training _ Water Utility
SouthWest Water Texas

Mabank, Texas


To perform routine monitoring and testing of water and wastewater to assist with facility operation, maintenance, and service. To perform routine monitoring and testing of water and/or wastewater to assist with system operation, maintenance, and customer service.

Essential Job Functions

  • Collects samples and performs routine monitoring and testing of water and wastewater, collects samples for testing, including effluent samples, flows, settable solids;
  • Calibrates and logs ph meter and D.O. meter; checks chlorine residuals.
  • Assists with general maintenance duties at facilities; washes down thickener, digester basin, and walkway; washes down aeration basin wall and walkway; checks and washes down bar screen and strainer; cleans clarifiers; dumps and cleans scum basin; operation of belt press; cleans office area and rest rooms.
  • Assists with general housekeeping and grounds maintenance.
  • Performs Operator duties under direct supervision of a certified operator to gain experience to qualify for an operator certification.
  • Assists with water and wastewater line repairs, new line installation, other work as directed.
  • Respond to and investigate customer service calls.
  • Completes necessary paperwork in timely manner.
  • Job may require occasional irregular hours, shift work, working weekends, and being on-call


Education : Requires knowledge normally acquired through attainment of a high school diploma or GED plus skills and technical knowledge of water and wastewater treatment attained by some specialized courses or on-the-job training is advantageous.

Experience : Requires no directly related experience in water and/or wastewater system operations, maintenance, customer service, and prefer experience operating back-hoe and/or track-hoe equipment.One to two years of related experience.

Certificates & Licenses

The applicant must obtain a class D Water and/or D Wastewater Certification issued by the TCEQ within 1 year of accepting the position (A minimum of obtaining a \"D\" certification within six months). Applicant must also obtain a class C Ground Water and Wastewater Certification issued by the TCEQ within 3 years of accepting the position.

Other Requirements

Work requires application of a variety of procedures and guidelines and the adaptation of standard methods to differing conditions. Supervisor assigns tasks and provides assistance with non-routine matters; employee works independently within established guidelines and/or time frame. Requires common courtesy to answer questions, provide service or give directions in response to routine requests. Work requires reaching, lifting, moving and/or carrying motors, pumps, chemical drums, chlorine cylinders, cement bags (up to 50lbs), other supplies and equipment; climbing ladders to clean clarifiers, check storage tanks; climbing stairs; driving truck to work locations. Equipment used includes: laboratory test equipment; camera; hand tools to repair and maintain equipment; lawn mower, weed eater, other lawn maintenance equipment, sewer cleaner; generator for emergency power outages; general office equipment as needed.

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