THE CITY OF WEST COLUMBIA

IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE.

The City of West Columbia appreciates your interest in our organization. The City provides a comprehensive benefits package to all full-time city employees, which includes health and life insurance, annual leave and sick leave. In addition, the City participates in the SC Retirement System.

Please download and complete the following City application, as it is required for all applicants. You may also submit a resume with your application.

City Employment Opportunities

APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

MECHANIC II - Maintenance Department

Position hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, generally with occasional overtime. Position is subject to on-call rotation.

Job Duties including, but not limited to:
• Diagnoses and repairs various types of gasoline and diesel equipment and vehicles including emergency vehicles, cars, trucks, tractors, trailers, chainsaw, lawn mowers, generators, etc.
• Services and performs preventive maintenance on fleet vehicles including checking fluid levels, changing oil and filters, rotating tires, repairing lights, checking brakes and replacing shoes, pads, wheel cylinders, master cylinders, etc.
• Installs emergency equipment on vehicles to include lights, sirens, two-way radios, scanners, cages, fire extinguishers, decals, reflectors, etc.
• Utilizes tools such as brake lathe, electrical tester, engine analyzer, mechanics tools, battery and alternator, drills, etc. in the repairing, diagnosing and performing preventive maintenance on fleet vehicles and equipment.
• Picks up and delivers vehicles. Makes road calls as needed.
• Prepares various documents and reports including maintenance records, inspection stickers and monthly inspection reports.

Qualifications: High school diploma plus three to five years of experience in automotive mechanics; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and experience to perform the job duties. Must possess a valid S.C. Driver’s License. Must be physically able to perform manual labor required.

Salary: Salary range $35,755.76 to $50,058.57 with excellent benefits package including 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply: Application is available on line at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed applications may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or emailed to employment@westcolumbiasc.gov or faxed to (803) 939-8634.
Deadline to apply: Opening closes February 20, 2020

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.
CITY OF WEST COLUMBIA, SC
JOB DESCRIPTION, REVISED JANUARY 21, 2016

JOB TITLE: MECHANIC II

GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB

Under general supervision, is responsible for inspecting, diagnosing and repairing both gasoline and diesel equipment in order to ensure the proper and safe working condition of city-owned equipment and vehicles. Carries out repair requirements following inspection and testing of malfunctioning equipment. Assists with ordering equipment and supplies and maintains/prepares reports as required. Uses sound judgment in applying established policies and procedures. Reports to the Equipment Services Manager.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Diagnoses and repairs various types of gasoline and diesel equipment and vehicles for the City of West Columbia, which includes emergency vehicles, cars, trucks, tractors, trailers, chainsaws, lawn mowers, generators. Overhauls all major components, which include engines, transmissions, clutches, brakes, air conditioning units, differentials, hydraulic systems, exhausts, etc.

Services and performs preventive maintenance on city-owned vehicles, which includes checking all fluid levels, changing oil and filters, checking and rotating tires, repairing lights, conducting inspections on vehicles; checking brakes and replacing shoes, pads, wheel cylinders, master cylinders; turns drums and rotors as needed, etc.

Installs emergency equipment on vehicles to include lights, sirens, two-way radios, scanners, cages, fire extinguishers, decals, reflectors, etc.

Performs fabrication functions including building meter boxes and lids, brackets, hangers, supports, etc.

Utilizes brake lathe, electrical tester, engine analyzer, mechanics tools, battery and alternator, drills, etc., in repairing, diagnosing, and performing preventive maintenance work on city-owned vehicles and equipment.

Maintains garage area in clean and orderly condition.

Delivers and picks up vehicles.

Makes road calls as needed.

Assists with ordering supplies and equipment as needed. Prepares requisitions and purchase orders.

Prepares various other documents and reports including maintenance records, inspection stickers, monthly inspection report, daily fuel storage inventory, etc.

Position subject to on-call rotation.

ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Performs other related duties as required.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

High school diploma with three to five years of experience in automotive mechanics; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities. Must possess a valid S.C. driver’s license.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED
TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate motor vehicles as well as a variety of types of automotive tools and equipment including brake lathe, engine analyzers, other diagnostic equipment, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to 50 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of sedentary work; position requires the ability to climb, balance, and reach. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of approximately 80 pounds.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes the receiving of information and instructions from supervisor.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read manuals, books, etc. such as repair manuals, instruction manuals for utilizing diagnostic equipment, etc. Requires the ability to prepare inspection reports, maintenance reports, etc. Requires the ability to communicate and interact with other co-workers, supervisor, salesmen, etc. with poise, voice control, and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems such as automotive mechanics in order to solve problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information and to follow verbal and written instructions.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers; determine decimals and percentages, and determine time and weight.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using various types of equipment. Requires the ability to operate motor vehicles.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, control knobs, switches, etc. Must have high levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under minimal stress when confronted with an emergency.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear (talking – expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing – perceiving nature of sounds by ear.)

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Knowledge of Job: Has knowledge of standard practices and equipment used in the repair, diagnosis and maintenance of automotive equipment and vehicles. Has general knowledge of automotive field, heavy diesel equipment, and gasoline equipment. Is knowledgeable of the use and operation of diagnostic equipment and is able to follow instructions in the use of same. Has good working knowledge of the principles of operation of gasoline/diesel engines and of mechanical repair of heavy trucks and construction equipment. Has a good working knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade. Is able to adapt available tools and repair parts to specific repair problems. Is skilled in the use and care of hand and machine tools employed in motor repair and adjustment work. Is able to analyze problems that arise on the job and recommend solutions. Is able to use judgment and discretion in carrying out assigned activities. Is able to comprehend, interpret and apply regulations, procedures and related information. Is able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of groups and is persuasive in such communication. Has sufficient knowledge of other city divisions/departments to communicate and interface with their representatives as necessary in carrying out duties and responsibilities. Has the verbal ability to prepare effective and accurate required reports. Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations accurately and quickly. Has the ability to work under adverse conditions relative to heat, cold, odors, toxic agents, noise, vibrations, humidity, wetness, etc. Has good mechanical skills.

Quality of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains high quality communication and interacts with all city departments and divisions, coworkers and the public.

Quantity of Work: Maintains effective and efficient output of all duties and responsibilities as described under “Specific Duties and Responsibilities.”

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and for meeting deadlines. Completes assigned work on or before deadlines in accordance with directives, city policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Accepts accountability for meeting assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.

Attendance: Attends work regularly and adheres to city policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and time off requests.

Initiative and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be done and initiates proper and acceptable direction for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to problems or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice and researches problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with city policy or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons and departments within the city.

Relationships with Others: Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors and staff for mutual and city benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among all city employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with department employees, staffers and managers in other departments, representatives from organizations, and the general public so as to maintain good will toward the city and to project a good city image. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints from other departments and persons in order to maintain good will within the city. Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image within the city. Interacts effectively with higher management, city administrator, professionals and the general public.

Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates expected time of completion of elements of work and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules.

Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards established by the city and various regulatory agencies. Sees that the standards are not violated. Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the city of West Columbia will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

WATER PLANT OPERATOR B

GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB

Under general supervision, operates water treatment plant and pump station in accordance with established rules, regulations, standards and guidelines to supply safe, potable water to the citizens of West Columbia, the Town of Lexington and Lexington County. Tasks include operating and maintaining equipment, taking water samples, performing quality tests on water samples, checking water pressures, preparing reports, etc. Reports to the Water Plant Superintendent or Director of Planning, Engineering and Water Plants.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Operates and controls electric motors, pumps and valves to regulate flow of raw water treating plant.

Loads specified amounts of chemicals, such as chlorine, ammonia and lime into water or adjusts automatic devices that admit specified amounts of chemicals into treatment section to disinfect and clarify water.

Starts flashmixers to mix chemicals and allow impurities to settle to bottom of basins.

Turns valves to regulate water through filter beds to remove impurities.

Pumps purified water into water mains and storage tanks.

Monitors panel board and adjusts controls to regulate flow rates, loss of head pressure, water elevation and the distribution of water.

Cleans filter beds using backwash system.

Tests water samples to determine acidity, color and impurities using colorimeter, turbidimeter and conductivity meters.

Records data such as residual content of chemicals, water turbidity and water pressures.

Prepares various records and reports including flow charts, filter backwash charts, turbidity charts, bacteria records, dosage charts, calibration records, etc. Maintains such records and reports as directed by SC DHEC.

Operates/utilizes a variety of types of equipment including water pumps, chlorine onsite generator (OSG) unit, alum feeder, lime feeder, fluoride feeder, turbidity meter, autoclave, diagnostic instruments, laboratory equipment, mechanic’ tools, etc.

ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Requires a vocational/technical school education/training in water treatment plant operations and three to five years of experience in water treatment plant operations; or any equivalent combination of education and experience, which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities for the position. Must possess certification as a Water Treatment Plant Operator “B.”

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED
TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of types of equipment including pumps, flashmixers, turbidity meter, PH meter, autoclave, lime feeder, alum feeder, chlorinator, control board, various types of mechanic’s tools and supplies, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to 25 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of sedentary work; position requires constant standing, walking, reaching, stooping, crouching, and climbing. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of approximately 50 pounds.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.

Interpersonal Communications: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes the receiving of information and instructions from supervisor.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read and understand a variety of documents, reports and manuals. Requires the ability to prepare various charts, records and reports relative to water testing and other activities. Requires the ability to interact with supervisor, co-workers, other department personnel and the general public, etc., with poise, voice control, and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems such as water treatment processes in order to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in oral, written, diagrammatic or schedule form.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information and to follow verbal and written instructions.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers; to determine percentages and utilize decimals; to apply algebraic and geometric principles; and to determine time and weight.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using various types of equipment.
Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, control knobs, buttons, switches, catches, etc. Must have high levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under moderate stress when confronted with emergency situations.

Physical Communications: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear).

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Knowledge of Job: Possesses knowledge of the methods, theories, processes and procedures used in operating the water treatment plant. Has knowledge of the rules, regulations, standards and guidelines governing the operation of water treatment facilities. Has knowledge of state and federal permit requirements for effluent quality including those set forth by the EPA and SC DHEC. Has knowledge of departmental safety rules and procedures and is able to use related protective equipment. Knows procedures used in collecting and testing water samples. Has good knowledge of chemicals used in water treatment and is able to utilize same safely and accurately. Knows of clearwell and tank levels, which must be maintained in order to meet water demands. Understands the importance of maintaining sanitary conditions in the plant, and is able to do so at all times. Has good understanding of procedures used in correcting system failures and is able to learn and apply new ideas, concepts, repair techniques, etc. Is able to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Is willing and able to perform work under various weather conditions. Is able to maintain logs, reports, etc., in a neat and accurate manner. Is able to communicate effectively with supervisor, co-workers, members of the public, etc. Knows how to make minor repairs and/or adjustments to equipment. Knows how to read and understand the plant control board. Has the ability to use independent judgment in routine as well as occasional non-routine situations. Has good technical and organizational skills.

Quality of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains high quality communication and interaction with all city departments and divisions, supervisor, co-workers and members of the public.

Quantity of Work: Performs described Specific Duties and Responsibilities and related assignments efficiently and effectively in order to produce quantity of work which consistently meets established standards and expectations of the city.

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work. Completes assigned work within deadlines in accordance with directives, city policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Remains accountable for assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.

Attendance: Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absenteeism and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.

Initiative and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be accomplished, and initiates proper and acceptable direction for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.
Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to issues or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice where appropriate and researches problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with city policies or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons and departments within the city.

Relationships with Others: Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors and staff for mutual and city benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among other employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with department employees, staffers and managers in other departments, representatives from organizations and the public so as to maintain good will toward the city and to protect a good city image. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints from other departments and persons in order to maintain good will within the city. Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image within the city. Interacts effectively with higher management, city administrator, professionals and the public. Maintains a cooperative and courteous manner when dealing with the public.

Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates expected time of completion of work elements and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends required meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities as set forth by the immediate supervisor.

Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all established safety and housekeeping standards established by the city and various regulatory agencies. Sees that the standards are not violated. Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

WATER PLANT OPERATOR A

GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB

Under general supervision, operates water treatment plant and pump station in accordance with established rules, regulations, standards and guidelines to supply safe, potable water to the citizens of West Columbia, the Town of Lexington and Lexington County. Tasks include operating and maintaining equipment, taking water samples, performing quality tests on water samples, checking water pressures, preparing reports, etc. Reports to the Water Plant Superintendent.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Operates and controls electric motors, pumps and valves to regulate flow of raw water treating plant.

Operates and monitors SCADA System.

Loads specified amounts of chemicals, such as chlorine, ammonia and lime into water or adjusts automatic devices that admit specified amounts of chemicals into treatment section to disinfect and clarify water.

Starts flashmixers to mix chemicals and allow impurities to settle to bottom of basin.

Turns valves to regulate water through filter beds to remove impurities.

Pumps purified water into water mains and storage tanks.

Monitors panel board and adjusts controls to regulate flow rates, loss of head pressure, water elevation and the distribution of water.

Cleans filter beds using backwash system and periodically cleans filter basins and settlement basins with a pressure washer.

Tests water samples to determine acidity, color and impurities using colorimeter, turbidimeter and conductivity meters.

Records data such as residual content of chemicals, water turbidity and water pressures.

Prepares various records and reports including flow charts, filter backwash charts, turbidity charts, bacteria records, dosage charts, calibration records, etc. Maintains such records and reports as directed by SC DHEC.

Operates/utilizes a variety of types of equipment including water pumps, chlorine onsite generator (OSG) unit, alum feeder, lime/caustic feeder, fluoride feeder, turbidity meter, autoclave, diagnostic instruments, laboratory equipment, mechanic’ tools, etc.

Cleans and maintains administrative, chemical, raw water and high service pump buildings.
ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Requires a vocational/technical school education/training in water treatment plant operations and one year experience in water treatment plant operations; or any equivalent combination of education and experience, which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities for the position. Must possess certification as a Water Treatment Plant Operator “A”.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED
TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of types of equipment including pumps, flashmixers, turbidity meter, PH meter, autoclave, lime feeder, alum feeder, chlorinator, control board, various types of mechanic’s tools and supplies, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to 25 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of sedentary work; position requires constant standing, walking, reaching, stooping, crouching, and climbing. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of approximately 50 pounds.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.

Interpersonal Communications: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes the receiving of information and instructions from supervisor.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read and understand a variety of documents, reports and manuals. Requires the ability to prepare various charts, records and reports relative to water testing and other activities. Requires the ability to interact with supervisor, co-workers, other department personnel and the general public, etc., with poise, voice control, and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems such as water treatment processes in order to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in oral, written, diagrammatic or schedule form. Must have the ability to comprehend and interpret received information.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information and to follow verbal and written instructions.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers; to determine percentages and utilize decimals; to apply algebraic principles; and to determine time and weight.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape, and visually read various information.
Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office equipment, control knobs, buttons, switches, catches, etc. Must have moderate levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under moderate stress when confronted with emergency situations.

Physical Communications: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear).

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Knowledge of Job: Possesses knowledge of the methods, theories, processes and procedures used in operating the water treatment plant. Has knowledge of the rules, regulations, standards and guidelines governing the operation of water treatment facilities. Has knowledge of state and federal permit requirements for effluent quality including those set forth by the EPA and SC DHEC. Has knowledge of departmental safety rules and procedures and is able to use related protective equipment. Knows procedures used in collecting and testing water samples. Has good knowledge of chemicals used in water treatment and is able to utilize same safely and accurately. Knows of clearwell and tank levels, which must be maintained in order to meet water demands. Understands the importance of maintaining sanitary conditions in the plant, and is able to do so at all times. Has good understanding of procedures used in correcting system failures and is able to learn and apply new ideas, concepts, repair techniques, etc. Is able to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Is willing and able to perform work under various weather conditions. Is able to maintain logs, reports, etc., in a neat and accurate manner. Is able to communicate effectively with supervisor, co-workers, members of the public, etc. Knows how to make minor repairs and/or adjustments to equipment. Knows how to read and understand the plant control board. Has the ability to use independent judgment in routine as well as occasional non-routine situations. Has good technical and organizational skills.

Quality of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains high quality communication and interaction with all city departments and divisions, supervisor, co-workers and members of the public.

Quantity of Work: Performs described Specific Duties and Responsibilities and related assignments efficiently and effectively in order to produce quantity of work which consistently meets established standards and expectations of the city.

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work. Completes assigned work within deadlines in accordance with directives, city policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Remains accountable for assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.

Attendance: Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absenteeism and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.

Initiative and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be accomplished, and initiates proper and acceptable direction for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to issues or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice where appropriate and researches problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with city policies or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons and departments within the city.

Relationships with Others: Contributes to maintaining high morale among other employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with other employees, supervisors, and managers. Maintains a cooperative and courteous manner when dealing with the public.

Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates expected time of completion of work elements and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends required meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities as set forth by the immediate supervisor.

Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all established safety and housekeeping standards established by the city and various regulatory agencies. Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

EQUIPMENT OPERATOR I

Position hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with some overtime, weekend, and on-call hours expected.

Job Duties including, but not limited to:
• Operates dump trucks and operates and maintains heavy equipment such as high-velocity machine, rodding machine, back hoe, tractor, water machine, sewer machine, pump, jack hammer, air compressor, shovel, hammer, saw, etc.
• Cleans sewer lines and catch basins; washes streets as needed; unclogs sewer lines; and breaks up roots and various other objects which may clog sewer lines.
• Operates small gasoline motors in order to operate water pumps used in flushing sewer lines and hose reels; utilizes rods in order to clean sewer lines.
• Transports personnel, equipment and tools to job sites.
• Prepares and transmits required job completion/status reports in order to keep supervisor informed of job progress.
• May operate snow plow and sand spreaders during winter season as needed.

Qualifications: High school diplomas and six to eleven months of work experience in equipment operation of construction, or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job duties. Must possess a valid SC driver’s license with no recent major violations. Must be able to receive certification in waste control management. Must be physically able to perform manual labor required for position.

Salary: Minimum starting salary $27,406.31 or higher depending upon experience. Excellent benefits package includes 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply: Application is available on line at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed applications may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, PO Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or faxed to (803) 939-8634.

Position Open Until Filled.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Fire Department Employment Opportunities

West Columbia Fire Department WCFD Physical Ability Test:
Description
 and video WCFD PAT

Firefighter/Paramedic

Category: Firefighter/Paramedic

Position hours: 24-hour rotating shifts – 24 hours on and 48 hours off

Job Duties:

• Engages in providing efficient and immediate advanced life support (ALS) care to the critically ill or injured at the scene of the incident until the patient is transferred to the care of EMS or hospital personnel.

• Engages in fire suppression and rescue, fire prevention, community service, and training activities.

• Engages in equipment operation and maintenance, and fire station maintenance.

Qualifications:

• High school or GED. Must possess a valid SC driver’s license within 90 days of employment. Must pass a criminal background check, a pre-employment drug screen, a written general aptitude test, and a physical ability test.

• Must have, or be able to obtain, specialized training covering interior firefighting up to NFPA Firefighter II, incident command, hazardous materials operations, auto extrication, and swift water rescue, or a certification accepted by the S.C. Fire Academy and or the Fire Chief as an equivalent for these certifications.

• Must have National Registry Paramedic Certification (NREMT-P), State of South Carolina Paramedic Certification, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Basic Life Support (BLS).

Pay info: Starting salary $50,000 for candidates with less than 2 ½ years paramedic experience; starting salary $53,000 for candidates with more than 2 ½ years paramedic experience, with excellent benefits package including paid holidays and participation in SC Police Officers Retirement System (PORS), SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply: Employment application is available on line at www.westcolumbiasc.gov/employment or obtained in person at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall located at 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed, signed applications (resume optional) may be mailed to the attention of Marquis Solomon, Deputy Chief, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044, or e-mailed to wcfd@westcolumbiasc.gov. Please note: submitted application must have an inked signature.
Deadline: Open until filled.
The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Police Employment Opportunities

APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

Patrol Officer I (Non-Certified)/Patrol Officer II (Certified)

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

• Must be 21 years of age
• Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
• Must be a U.S. Citizen
• Must have basic computer skills
• Must have a valid S.C. driver’s license and be able to safely operate a motor vehicle under normal and emergency situations, sometimes at high speeds, in fair and inclement weather
• Must not have a disqualifying incident on driving record such as driving under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs, reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter or leaving the scene of an accident, etc.
• Must be able to physically restrain another individual
• Must be able to physically defend oneself
• Must be able to maintain focus and mental preparedness of shifts of 12-14 hours
• Must be able to load a weapon as well as safely and accurately fire a semi-automatic weapon
• Must be able to successfully pass a medical exam to include vision, hearing, and color blindness to S.C. Criminal Justice Academy standards
• Must be able to see well in a low light environment
• Must be able to pass a drug test
• Must be able to pass a polygraph exam
• Must be able to pass a psychological test to establish suitability for the demands and stresses of law enforcement employment
• Must have a satisfactory credit history
• Must be of good moral character as determined by a background investigation
• Must be able to successfully pass a physical agility test that includes the ability to run, climb, jump, lift, and drag heavy weight (over 100 lbs.) within standards and times established by the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.
• Must have good communication skills
• Must have no convictions for crimes of moral turpitude as defined in law
• Must be able to tolerate exposure to extreme heat, cold, humidity and inclement weather

Pay info:
Patrol Officer I (Non-Certified) – $39,964.09 – $55,950.21 salary range with budgeted merit and cost of living increases
Patrol Officer II (Certified) – $41,602.23 – $58,244.60 salary range with budgeted merit and cost of living increases.

Incentive Program

Deadline: Position open until filled.

The City of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Plan

The City of West Columbia, South Carolina has received numerous grants through the US Department of Justice in recent years. Because of these grants, the City is required by the US Office for Civil Rights to maintain an Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP). The plan must be updated every two (2) years. In September 2015, the City updated its EEOP through a review of its employment and personnel policies and by conducting an analysis of current employee data.

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