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Wastewater Treatment Operator

Tesla Fremont, California
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March 24, 2023
Fremont, California
At Tesla, the Wastewater Treatment Operator will be a key member of small team tasked with maintaining 24/7 uptime and regulatory compliance for a critical utility (the onsite wastewater treatment plant -- WWTP). The Tesla WWTP is a chemical/mechanical process for removing suspended solids (grit, sand, metal particles, etc.), oils, and dissolved metals (zinc, cadmium, etc.) from the wastewater as a pretreatment process prior to discharging the finished water to the municipal collection system in compliance with Tesla's discharge permit A successful WWTP operator is will be given significant responsibility and autonomy in the overall process of collecting, analyzing, treating, and discharging process wastewater (no domestic/sanitary wastewater) and will play an important role in our mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy

* Operate all wastewater treatment systems and monitor performance via both SCADA and field observations.
* Collect wastewater samples and prepare for analysis.
* Analyze wastewater samples in a laboratory setting that involves use of precision instruments and handling corrosive reagents using the correct PPE.
* Inspect, troubleshoot, clean, maintain and repair equipment and systems involved in the wastewater treatment processes to include instruments, pumps, valves, chemical dosing systems, sludge presses and blowers.
* Remove, replace, clean and calibrate field sensors (example: pH sensors).
* Handle various wastewater treatment chemicals (including [TL1] [BH2] acids and bases) using appropriate PPE.
* Check chemical inventories and ensure supervisor is aware of any potential shortages.
* Confined space entry using proper procedures and equipment.
* Operate a forklift or telehandler.
* Disassemble, remove, and/or demolish equipment as directed.
* Housekeeping activities as directed.
* Change out chemical drums or totes and assist drivers with bulk truck unloading.
* Use a computer to enter data accurately and on time and maintain records.
* Understand and adhere to discharge permit requirements
* Ability to work?in a team-oriented?production?or manufacturing?environment, including?exhibiting?strong?interpersonal?and communication skills?with your teammates.
* Ability and willingness to maintain a safe and collaborative work environment.

Ability to work up to 12.5 hours a day, several days a week and open to schedule flexibility that will allow for a variety of shifts, including days, nights, overnight and/or weekends as needed

* Previous experience as a Wastewater Treatment Operator preferred
* Experience working within a manufacturing environment or related industry
* Mechanical aptitude, familiarity with common hand and power tools
* Verbal and written communication skills (able to understand and record maintenance procedures, shift pass downs, etc.)
* Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent.
* Frequently/repeatedly required to stand and walk for periods of time
* Ability to use use hands and exert forces needed to handle various types and sizes of tools, equipment and objects
* Reach with hands and arms and perform elevated work for long periods of time;
* Frequently climb ladders and balance
* Ability to climb into vehicles and equipment
* Ability to perform repetitive horizontal push/pull of 50 pounds of force positioned at 36 inches,
* Frequently stoop, bend, kneel, half-kneel, squat, crouch, twist or crawl,
* Frequently lift and carry 50 pounds
* Push, pull and/or move more than 100 pounds. 30% climbing stairs.
* Ability to work in indoor and outdoor environments onsite Approximately 60% outdoors in all weather / all seasons
* Potential to come in contact with non-hazardous process fluids (wastewater, precipitated wet sludge, dried sludge, lubricant oils and greases).
* Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE): safety glasses, safety shoes, bump caps, hearing protection, chemical approved face shields, gloves and aprons.
* Ability to find issues in a work process and receive safety signals using sight, touch, and hearing.
* Comfortable learning new technology
* Must have professional working proficiency of the English language, both written and verbal.
* Computer skills strongly preferred (use of Word, Excel & Outlook programs)
* Must be at least 18 years of age.

All potential employees must be required to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.

Tesla is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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