Chief Operator
Veolia North America

New Bedford, Massachusetts

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Company Description

Veolia Group aims to be the benchmark company for ecological transformation. With nearly 220,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides game-changing solutions that are both useful and practical for water, waste and energy management. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources and replenish them. In 2021, the Veolia group provided 79 million inhabitants with drinking water and 61 million with sanitation, produced nearly 48 million megawatt hours and recovered 48 million tons of waste. Veolia Environment (Paris Euronext: VIE) achieved consolidated revenue of 28,508 billion euros in 2021.

Job Description

Operates and maintains water/wastewater treatment, processing, disposal and testing equipment in water/wastewater treatment facility to purify water to meet permit and operational requirements. Is fully qualified to perform the most complex functions and may lead the work of others. Serves as Primary Operator with responsibility for State reporting and compliance. The compensation for this position is $31.12 per hour.


  1. Tends automatic and semi-automatic machines and related equipment including pumps, engines, generators, valves, gates, mixers, conveyors, blowers, chemical feed and odor control and vacuum filters used to decontaminate waste water by settling, aeration and sludge digestion.

  2. Monitors control panels and adjusts valves and gates manually or by remote control to regulate flow.

  3. Monitors flow meters, gauges, flow ratios, pressures and related controls through instrument panels, computer terminals and programmable logic control units in assigned area.

  4. Monitors and records operating conditions observations and data in area shift log.

  5. Ensures conformance to process specifications. Troubleshoots and diagnoses operational problems and takes corrective action per procedure. Verifies and reports suspected malfunctions and variances to supervisor. Performs routine and preventative maintenance and maintenance related items as assigned.

  6. Performs field tests (chemical, physical and biological) in order to pace chemical dosages for process and odor control units or alter unit processes.

  7. Samples wastewater, sludge and gases (odor control, digester, etc.) according to schedule.

  8. Prepares chemical solutions and services automatic samplers.

  9. Monitors process chemical supplies and recommends reorder.

  10. Performs lab tests applicable to permit testing and related reports per procedure.

  11. Performs instrument calibration for portable meters including, but not limited to, dissolved oxygen, pH, H2S, percent oxygen, lower explosive limit.

  12. Performs manual labor including filling and emptying of machine bins and cleaning equipment, facilities and grounds as required.

  13. Performs minor maintenance including, but not limited to, routine preventive maintenance, lubrication and minor adjustments.

  14. Operates vehicles for plant operational purposes.

  15. Practices good housekeeping in assigned area and properly disposes of waste according to safety and environmental policies.

  16. Assigns, monitors & reviews accuracy of work, no authority for personnel actions, work time is spent performing many of the same duties of those in group.

  17. Models and teaches compliance with all work practices, policies and procedures.

  18. Must follow established operational, process control, safety and emergency response procedures. Must adhere to specifications and production schedule.

  19. May recommend or adapt procedures, techniques, tools, materials and/or equipment to meet special needs. Is expected to suggest process improvements.

  20. Frequent contact with plant operators and other personnel in order to understand issues.

  21. Frequent contact with less experienced maintenance personnel, training, coaching.

  22. Frequent contact with equipment suppliers to obtain operations and maintenance instructions.


  1. Assists in other areas of plant as needed. May assist with orienting or training new or less experienced Operators.


Education / Experience / Background

  • High School education or equivalent with the ability to read, write and comprehend English (operational, process, safety and quality instructions).

  • Associate's degree in a science or technical area strongly preferred.

  • Over five years experience in a related position and environment with knowledge of the methods, techniques, and practices of water/wastewater treatment.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Must have the ability to perform basic math equations.

  • Must demonstrate proficiency in the care and use of all site specific, facility required PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), including respirators, gas detectors, confined space equipment, etc.)

  • Must consistently demonstrate the ability to operate all machines and equipment meeting or exceeding processing and quality targets under general supervision.

  • Must demonstrate ability to efficiently operate all equipment in the facility which may include pumps, engines, centrifuge, generators, valves, gates, mixers, conveyors, blowers, dryers, chemical feed, odor control, disinfection equipment, sludge processing filters, belt presses and measuring/control devices, testing equipment, and material handling equipment.

  • Must have the ability to diagnose process problems regardless of complexity, troubleshoot equipment and take corrective action within policy and procedure limitations.

  • Must demonstrate a working ability to use computer programs for process control.

  • Must demonstrate ability to work in a team environment and willingness to assume additional or new responsibilities readily.

  • Must be able to serve rotational 24 hour emergency on-call if required by site.

Required Certification / Licenses / Training

  • Massachusetts Wastewater Treatment Grade 6C certificate.

  • Must possess a valid driver's license and a safe driving record.

Additional Information

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer! All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


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