Montrose Environmental Group, Inc.

  • Chief Plant Operator

    Job Locations US-CA-Ontario
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3/16/2018 7:46 PM)
    # of Openings
  • Responsibilities

    Montrose Environmental Group, Inc. is a high-growth Environmental Services company offering (i) Measurement and Analytical services and (ii) Environmental Resiliency and Sustainability services to a diverse range of clients in industry and government throughout the United States and abroad.  Our qualified engineers, scientists, technicians, associates and policy experts are proud of our ability to objectively help industry, the public and regulators work constructively together on environmental opportunities.


    ES Engineering Services, a subsidiary of Montrose Environmental Group, is seeking a Chief Plant Operator to join our team in Ontario, California. ES Engineering provides a variety of different services to its clients within the areas Water and Wastewater, Biogas, Petroleum and Environmental Compliance. 


    Position Responsibilities:

    • Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises, reviews and participates in the work of staff responsible for operating, inspecting, and maintaining a variety of plant equipment in connection with the continuous operation plants.
    • Identify resource needs; reviews needs with appropriate management staff; allocates resources accordingly.
    • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, and priorities; recommends and participates in the implementation of resulting policies and procedures; monitors work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures.
    • Participates in the selection of assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline procedures
    • Participates in the preparation and administration of the assigned program budget; submits budget recommendations; monitors expenditures for location.
    • Maintains records concerning operations and programs; prepares reports on operations and activities.
    • Performs the more technical and complex tasks of the work unit including ensuring and demonstrating that facilities supervised is in compliance with all regulatory agencies through the documentation of plant performance reporting.
    • Oversees and participates in operating systems manually or by remote control and operating mechanical equipment which regulates the flow and treatment of sewage and sludge.
    • Oversees and participates in starting, stopping, and regulating electric motors, centrifugal and positive displacement pumps, bar screens, grinders, grit collectors, air compressors, chlorinators, washers, grease skimmers, gas burners, rotary screens, conveyors, and related equipment.
    • Oversees and participates in performing routine maintenance duties such as lubricating equipment and changing belts; carries out operating orders in the plant or unit of the plant to which assigned.
    • Oversees and participates in reading meters, gauges, and other control and measuring devices; maintains a shift log of unit operations to include records of meter and gauge readings and reports relative to mechanical repairs and plant operations.
    • Supervises plant operators in performing routine operations and maintenance duties and laboratory tests; prepares performance evaluations; prepares work and maintenance schedules.
    • Responds to emergency call-out situations and performs standby duty for response on weekends, off-hours and holidays according to predetermined schedule.
    • Evaluates laboratory and operational plant data for making process control adjustments to keep the effluent water in compliance with waste discharge permit; keeps Operations Manager informed of all process control adjustments; performs laboratory testing and other laboratory operational duties as needed.
    • Ensures safety and plant compatibility during operations, maintenance, or testing.
    • Maintains operational records, such as plant operations logs, test results, unusual operating conditions, and maintenance work performed; assists in generation of monthly and annual regulatory reports as required for discharge permits.
    • Oversees and operates, tools, equipment and machinery used for maintenance and cleaning of wastewater system facilities.
    • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and innovations in the field of wastewater treatment; incorporates new developments into program areas, as directed.
    • Responds to and resolves inquiries and complaints.
    • Reads, understands, and ensures compliance with Company Manual; attends safety meetings, as required; reports all accidents, violations, or infractions to supervisor.
    • Participates in client staff meetings as required.
    • Prepares regulatory reporting for client.
    • Communicates critical issues regarding plant performance to client.

    Essential Physical Functions:

    The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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 disability to perform the essential functions.

    • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, it is expected to work rotating shift assignments, weekends, holidays, and overtime as needed. Standby and on-call duty is required. Some shifts will require working alone. 
    • Work Environment: This position involves regular field work and exposure to outdoor weather conditions. Mitigation efforts may be required to avoid exposure to moving mechanical parts, toxic or caustic chemicals, fumes or airborne particles, and loud noise. Work may be performed in precarious locations, can be physical demanding, and requires lifting up to 60 pounds and anything over 60 pounds will be considered a "team lift" with the assistance of a co-worker. 


    • 5+ years of Water and/or Wastewater Treatment experience.
    • 2+ years supervisory experience.
    • Possession of a valid Water and/or Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate desirable.
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • SCADA experience.
    • Microsoft Office experience.
    • Possess valid driver’s license



    Montrose Environmental Group is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age (40 and over), ancestry, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), denial of Family and Medical Care Leave, disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS, marital status, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, military and veteran status, national origin (including language use restrictions), race, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.


    As permitted by applicable law, employment with Montrose is at-will.


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