Assistant Plant Operator in Richmond, VA at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 5/19/2023

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Company Description


A subsidiary of Veolia group, Veolia North America (VNA) offers a full spectrum of water, waste and energy management services, including water and wastewater treatment, commercial and hazardous waste collection and disposal, energy consulting and resource recovery. VNA helps commercial, industrial, healthcare, higher education and municipality customers throughout North America. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., Veolia North America has more than 10,000 employees working at more than 350 locations across the continent. Please visit our website

Job Description


Veolia's comprehensive benefits package includes paid time off policies, as well as health, dental and vision insurance. In addition, employees are also entitled to participate in an employer sponsored 401(k) plan, to save for retirement.  Pay and benefits for employees represented by a union are outlined in their collective bargaining agreement.  


The Auxiliary Operator is responsible for assisting in the operation and routine preventive/predictive maintenance of the power plant systems, including Chilled water and Wastewater systems and material handling systems equipment. He or she will record operational data and report any abnormalities.


  • Start, stop, regulate, monitor and control boilers, chillers, filter plant, and all auxiliary equipment.
  • Check and adjust related set points within administrative guidelines to optimize plant performance and reliability.
  • Observe, record, and interpret indications from instrumentation and control systems.  Calculate, evaluate, and report findings.
  • Perform functional testing of plant systems and components.  Interpret acceptability of data in comparison with established standards or sound power plant practices.
  • Assist in the investigation of plant problems, incidents, accidents, and unusual events, and provide analyses, recommendations, reports, and appropriate follow up plans.
  • Determine the need for and perform routine operational tests and adjustments on all power plant systems and components as required.
  • When properly trained or supervised, perform tests, in or out of the laboratory, on steam, water, and other samples.
  • Check daily consumption rates of chemicals, fuels, and water; monitor inventories and initiate action to replenish same.
  • Perform housekeeping duties as required.
  • review, operating and related procedures.
  • Perform routine preventive and predictive maintenance on all systems and equipment; support corrective maintenance efforts on selected equipment when properly trained or supervised. 
  • Conduct on-the-job and classroom training on occasion. Prepare lesson plans, handouts, visual aids, examinations, qualification standards, and other material related to employee training and development.
  • Maintain logs, records, and data sheets; prepare reports, time sheets, material requisitions, work orders, and other administrative documents related to the business of power and steam production.
  • Provide advice and counsel to the Operations Manager, Shift Supervisor, Control Room Operator, and Plant Operator regarding the technical and administrative conduct of shift operations.
  • Communicate with other Company personnel on site and at other locations.  Interface with and represent the Company in its relations and communications with the public, steam and power customers, vendors, contractors, regulators, and other non-Company personnel.
  • Communicate with and support the Administration, and Maintenance departments in fulfilling their goals and objectives.
  • The Auxiliary Operator serves as a member of the Plant's emergency response team, when applicable
  • Display professional behavior at all times.
  • Requires knowledge of own assignments and eventually others in the department, as well as, that of company structure and operations. 
  • Should possess an understanding of the departmental goals and activities.  Perform other duties as required by plant conditions.
  • The Auxiliary Operator reports to the Shift Supervisor.


Position requires extended working hours and varied shifts with weekend and holiday work, as required by schedules, work load and plant conditions. \'On call\' status will periodically be required.

All employees will participate in the Fitness for Duty Program.  This program includes a post-offer physical examination and drug screening and post employment random drug screening.  There are extensive smoking restrictions in and around the facility.


Knowledge / Skill / Abilities

  • Ability to read, write and communicate in the English language and perform mathematical computations; high school diploma (or equivalent) preferred.
  • Two (2) years Operator experience in a power plant or industrial environment; technical training and previous success in performing technical functions in a utility plant environment preferred.
  • Must have current and valid driver's license.
  • Ability to learn the principles and operations of power plant equipment.
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles related to physics, mathematics, AC and DC electrical theory, heat transfer and fluid flow, thermodynamics, chemistry and metallurgy.
  • Ability to understand and read mechanical and electrical drawings such as PI&Ds, single-line diagrams, schematics and logics.
  • Knowledge of power plant safety, especially in areas such as chemical handling, high energy systems, confined spaces, incipient fire suppression, first aid, rotating machinery, and heavy equipment operations.
  • Ability to operate valves, switches, controls, keyboards and other devices associated with power plant and material handling equipment, as well as basic hand, portable and pneumatic tools and basic rigging equipment.
  • Demonstrated excellent communications skills with all levels of organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and coordinate work with others on technical and non-technical subjects across job families.
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays, and rotating shift-work.

Physical Requirements

working on feet for 12 hour periods, requiring stair and ladder climbing; and routinely lifting 50 pounds. Protective equipment must be worn in the performance of some duties (e.g. hard hats, safety glasses, air masks, ear protection, chemical suits, hot gloves and high voltage protective equipment, etc.).  Work with hazardous materials may be required.

Additional Information


The salary, compensation and benefits information is accurate as of the date of publication of this notice. The company reserves the right to change this information at any time, subject to applicable law.

We are an equal opportunity employer! All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Disclaimer: The salary, other compensation, and benefits information is accurate as of the date of this posting. The Company reserves the right to modify this information at any time, subject to applicable law.