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Water Treatment Maint Spec Ldr

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Water Treatment Maint Spec Ldr


Campus: Tempe

Water Treatment Maint Spec Ld

Job Description

Facilities Development and Management seeks a Water Treatment Maintenance Specialist Lead to operate and repair water treatment equipment and/or systems at the Central Plant.

Job Family

Building & Equipment Maint

Department Name

Central Plant



VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$24.00 – $28.00 per hour or commensurate of experience and education. ASU offers a comprehensive benefits package with the State of Arizona.

Close Date

06-September 2023 is the initial close date. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed each week until the job is filled.



Essential Duties

  • Test and analyze water samples to maintain proper chemical levels in boilers, cooling towers, and chilled water systems. 
  • Replace defective parts or install new control devices to maintain quality of water treatment.   
  • Inspect, disassemble, and repair damaged or malfunctioning control devices on chemical distribution systems.  
  • Test and operate chemical distribution equipment to maintain proper level of chemical and treatment.
  • Test water for chlorine and bacterial content for proper water treatment and maintenance. 
  • Maintain logs of water facilities which may include pH level, chlorine content, temperature, and concentrations.
  • Operate and maintain reverse osmosis units to purify and treat water used in research laboratories.  
  • Maintains records and databases utilizing MS Word and Excel for all water tests, inventory, and store chemical products.
  • Repair and maintain pumps, meters, hoses, filters, plumbing parts, chemical distribution systems, water softeners, and other equipment. 
  • Assist other facility units by analyzing water samples to determine if a building system is leaking and/or a component has failed.
  • Apply best practice water treatment principles to troubleshoot and recommend solutions to water quality issues on a campus-wide basis.
  • Use ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.

Minimum Qualifications

Five years of experience in conducting analysis and testing of water samples (i.e. pH, alkalinity, chlorine residual, turbidity, bacteria, dissolved oxygen, hardness, and color); OR, any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Must be able to qualify as a fork lift operator within six months after employment.  Employee must possess a valid US Driver’s license of the appropriate class and required endorsements throughout employment.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in:

  • Making appropriate changes to chemical feed rates from results of tests to maintain high quality water for boilers, towers, and chilled water systems
  • Operation of reverse osmosis units
  • Maintaining records/databases
  • Large campus chilled water distribution
  • Thermal storage
  • Cooling tower chemical control systems
  • Filtration methods and applications
  • Operation of forklift

Demonstrated knowledge of: 

  • Lab safety procedures
  • MS Word and MS Excel

Evidence of effective communication skills

Working Environment

  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk distances outside to perform work which requires frequent bending, stooping, reaching, lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 75 pounds and working outside in extreme temperatures and in a dirty environment. 
  • Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals. Driver University vehicles and/or carts.
  • May be exposed to hazardous and dangerous materials, tools, and equipment which will require safety precautions and/or specific process to be followed, and may include the use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) (e.g. safety glasses, hearing protection, negative pressure and positive pressure respirator).

DAYS AND SCHEDULE:  Monday through Friday; 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Department Statement

ASU Facilities Development and Management (FDM) maintains and services all university-owned property, and develops and constructs innovative and sustainable facilities. FDM’s vision is to contribute to and guarantee the success of the university’s mission by creating and caring for the ASU campus and environment. We provide quality customer service, effectively steward our resources, and meet the needs of the university through creative and collaborative efforts.

ASU offers a comprehensive benefits package at very competitive rates to enhance the total compensation of its faculty and staff.  This package includes low-cost health and life benefits to insure you and your family, a wellness program for preventative health education and screenings, a disability and leaves program for income protection, employee assistance for free and confidential behavioral health services, access to world-class educational opportunities at ASU/UofA/NAU at deeply discounted rates for you and your eligible dependents, disability resources for Americans with Disabilities (ADA), a retirement program with a variety of retiree benefits to ensure your financial security at the end of your career, paid vacation and holidays – and more.  For more information, please visit the Office of Human Resources, Benefits website, at  https://cfo.asu.edu/benefits

ASU’s comprehensive benefits package is a significant part of your overall total compensation – and ASU pays for most of it when you are a benefits-eligible employee.   https://cfo.asu.edu/compensation-estimator

For more reasons to join ASU, please visit: https://cfo.asu.edu/why-work-asu

This position is located at the Central Plant.

Must pass pre-employment physical examination post offer of employment to include audiogram, asbestos worker clearance, respiratory clearance questionnaire and respiratory fit test.

Must possess fork lift certification, or be able to obtain within six months of employment.

Must possess a valid Arizona driver's license (minimum of Class D) upon employment and maintain throughout employment.  Post-offer of employment, selected candidate must possess an acceptable driving record which is 5 or fewer points in the most recent 39 month period from date of hire.

This position requires working a rotating on-call/stand-by schedule and may be called in for emergency response including nights, weekends, and holidays.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 90,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit www.asu.edu/tobaccofree

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00pm Arizona time on the day indicated. 

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.  

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position. 

Work reference history information for 3 current and/or former supervisors will be requested at time of interview.   

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.