Tucson Electric Power, one of Arizona's leading utility companies, is seeking candidates for the position of Plant Chemist/Sr. Plant Chemist at it's power plant facility in Springerville. The Springerville Generating Station operates four coal-fired units north of Springerville - a small town community located near the beautiful White Mountains in northeastern Arizona at an elevation of approximately 7000 feet. This area is noted for it's four seasons and year round activities; including hunting, fishing, snow skiing, hiking, mountain biking and more. Presenting an excellent opportunity for those who enjoy living in a small-town environment, yet within 30 minutes of Sunrise Ski Resort and 3-4 hours from Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson and Albuquerque.
This posting will remain open until filled and may close at any time. UNS Energy offers a generous package of salary, benefits and compensation. Our benefits package includes a 401k plan with a generous Company match, a Company sponsored pension plan, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, long-term disability insurance and much more.
Candidates must pass all qualifying tests, interview, background check, drug screen, physical exam; strength and agility.
Primary responsibilities of this position are to perform studies, evaluations, and reporting of water chemistry data and equipment information for plant staff. Provide condition assessment and recommendations regarding water chemistry equipment design, performance and operation. Provides root cause analysis of water chemistry equipment failures and unusual operation. Direct and implement water chemistry improvement programs to ensure optimum equipment reliability and availability. Reviews plant practices to minimize cost. Provide technical support and direct assistance as required for the maintenance, operation, repair, monitoring and testing of station equipment. Directs water chemistry activities, assigns and monitors daily work and long term projects.
Essential Functions: (As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, these include the following responsibilities, minimum job knowledge, skills, and abilities. This is not necessarily an all-inclusive listing.)
- Conducts regular and special chemical analysis of samples of water to determine the efficiency of treatment and chemical constituents (including but not limited to: dissolved oxygen, chlorine demand and residual, fixed and total solids and alkalinity.)
- Interprets test results and formulates recommendations for plant operations.
- Verifies and interprets data submitted; processes data and prepares results for submission to regulatory agencies.
- Keeps abreast of changing regulations and modifies procedures to ensure compliance.
- Prepares and maintains all records and reports.
- Assists the Supervisors in directing and/or coordinating the work related to water chemistry.
- Consults on technical problems and exercises sound decision-making associated with field or group assignments.
- Develops personal, high level technical expertise on station equipment. Must be competent in personal computer operation and technical writing. Will be required to create various technical reports for data analysis and presentation.
- Coordinates and controls assigned projects.
- Actively participate in the reviewing, writing, and revision of analytical procedures.
- Initiates the procurement of and maintains an adequate stock of required plant chemicals, as well as adequate reagents and chemicals for use in the analytical labs.
- Resolve all analytical inconsistencies by determining an assignable cause and implementing the solution in a timely and cost-effective manner.
- Evaluate all data for precision, accuracy, and conformity to established quality control limits.
- Prepares and submits all pertinent laboratory, water treatment, and water balance reports to Chemical Services Manager.
- Evaluate procedures and equipment on an ongoing basis and make recommendations for improvement.
- Assist the Chemical Services Supervisor in scheduling, requesting, and verifying lab maintenance activities
- Maintain an orderly and efficient system for sample storage and sample elimination when required.
- Establishes and monitors fuel analysis programs.
- Observe all safety rules, location regulations, and company policies. Report all safety concerns to the Chemical Services Supervisor.
- Ensures compliance with company policies, practices, and procedures.
- Reports to the Chemical Services Supervisor and performs other duties and assignments as requested.
- Participates in training programs, provides technical assistance to engineering personnel and performs other duties as assigned.
- This position may provide services to affiliates of the Company subject to the UNS Energy Code of Conduct and the related Policies and Procedures
Minimum Qualifications of a Plant Chemist:
- High School diploma or GED
- Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience
- Eight (8) years of experience, preferred in coal fired power plant chemistry
- Thorough knowledge of modernchemical laboratory procedures, techniques, equipment, and their use
- Thorough knowledge of physics, physical chemistry,
Preferred Qualifications of a Plant Chemist:
- Previous supervisory experience
- A valid State of Arizona Grade 3 Water Distribution and Wastewater Treatment is required within three years of hiring.
- Knowledge of hazards and safety precautions required in using chemicals and reagents in performing laboratory tests.
- Ability to perform research work on problems of a chemical nature and prepare clear and accurate scientific reports
Minimum Qualifications of a Sr. Plant Chemist:
- Same minimum qualifications of Plant Chemist
Preferred Qualifications of a Sr. Plant Chemist:
- Thorough knowledge of the principles of organic and inorganic chemistry including qualitative and quantitative analysis as relates to the operation of water/wastewater treatment.
- Supervises all analyses; coordinates, develops and implements special projects.
- Will accept the Chemical Services Supervisor responsibilities when that person is offsite. To include all decision making, directing work, managing performance, time approval, etc.
- Trains and supervises laboratory personnel and evaluates work performance of employees.
- Exhibits the ability to perform comprehensive technical studies and make recommendations in a timely fashion
- Demonstrates the ability to identify viable alternatives to maintenance and operational practices within budgetary guidelines.
- Provides direction and assistance in establishing and maintaining operating parameters for chemically-treated plant systems.
- Assists supervisor on special studies (i.e. various environmental, EPRI, and efficiency studies).