Employment Opportunities

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:

Maintenance Technician - Water Plants

Position hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., with some overtime, weekend, and on-call hours expected

Job Duties including, but not limited to:

• Inspects, troubleshoots, and diagnoses potential problems with pumps and motors; performs general repairs on all equipment related to water treatment operations

• Performs varied mechanical and electrical repairs on water treatment plant system and equipment such as pumps, chemical feeders, rapid-mixer, chlorinators, air wash blowers, flocculator drives, flash-mixer, etc. Ensures all equipment functions properly and operates according to EPA and DHEC standards

• Responsible for scheduling and conducting preventive maintenance on necessary equipment and performing procedures on a weekly, monthly, semi-annually, or yearly basis as needed.

• Makes procurement recommendations to supervisor for equipment, parts, and supplies for necessary repairs or to perform preventive maintenance service.

• Estimates materials, parts, and time for jobs and requisitions needed equipment, parts and supplies for necessary repairs.

• Ensures repairs and newly installed equipment meet required standards and codes.

• Maintains logs of service completed.

• Utilizes various tools and equipment such as drills, saws, mechanic tools, electrician tools, etc.

Qualifications: Vocational/technical school education or training in electrical and mechanical repairs/maintenance plus three to five years of experience in the electrical or mechanical maintenance field; 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. Must be physically able to perform manual labor required.

Salary: Salary range $32,902.73 – $46,063.82. 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.

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: WATER PLANT MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN
JOB DESCRIPTION REVISED AUG 2020

GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB

Under limited supervision, performs varied mechanical and electrical repairs to equipment such as pumps, chemical feeders, rapid-mixer, chlorinators, flocculator drives, flash mixer, etc., to ensure the water treatment plants are operated to all regulatory criteria of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Ensures all equipment functions properly at all times. Schedules and conducts preventive maintenance as needed. Primarily works on water treatment plant systems and equipment. Reports to the Riverside Water Treatment Plant Superintendent.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Inspects, troubleshoots, and diagnoses potential problems with pumps and motors; performs general repairs on all equipment related to water treatment operations

Performs varied mechanical and electrical repairs on water treatment plant system and equipment such as pumps, chemical feeders, rapid-mixer, chlorinators, air wash blowers, flocculator drives, flash-mixer, etc. Ensures all equipment functions properly and operates according to EPA and DHEC standards

Responsible for scheduling and conducting preventive maintenance on necessary equipment and performing procedures on a weekly, monthly, semi-annually, or yearly basis as needed.

Makes procurement recommendations to supervisor for equipment, parts, and supplies for necessary repairs or to perform preventive maintenance service.

Estimates materials, parts, and time for jobs and requisitions needed equipment, parts and supplies for necessary repairs.

Ensures repairs and newly installed equipment meet required standards and codes.

Maintains logs of service completed.

Utilizes various tools and equipment such as drills, saws, mechanic tools, electrician tools, etc.

ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Performs a wide variety of duties and assignments as requested by the water plant superintendent.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Vocational/technical school education or training in electrical and mechanical repairs/maintenance plus three to five years of experience in the electrical or mechanical maintenance field; 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. Must be physically able to perform manual labor required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED
TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of types of water treatment plant equipment including various types of pumps, flash mixers, autoclave, chemical feeders, chlorinators, etc. to be able to repair or service the same. Must be able to utilize a variety of diagnostic tools and electrician tools to perform duties as well as a variety of office equipment such as computers, calculators, etc. Must be able to exert up to 25 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise maneuver objects. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of 50 pounds occasionally. Must be able to frequently stoop, kneel, crouch, climb and stand for brief periods of time. Must be able to see during the day and at night.

Employee would be subject to the outside environmental conditions with minimal protection from weather and subject to an extreme range of temperatures, depending on the season of year, for periods in excess of eight (8) hours per day. Employee would be subject to atmospheric conditions of one or more of the following that may affect the respiratory system or skin: paint fumes, odors, dusts, gases, etc.

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 giving of assignments/instructions to subordinates. 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 requisitions and other documents. Requires the ability to supervisor, subordinates, other department personnel, DHEC personnel, consultants, and the general public, etc. with poise, voice control, and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems such as mechanics, electrical systems, etc., 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 as 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 percentages and utilize decimals; apply algebraic, geometric, and trigonometric principles; 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 and motorized equipment.

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 moderate 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 comprehensive knowledge of state and local plumbing and electrical standards, codes and requirements governing the operation of water treatment plants. Has comprehensive knowledge of the operation and maintenance of water treatment plants. Is able to recognize abnormally functioning equipment, both electrical and mechanical, and determine proper method/procedures for correcting malfunctions. Is able to use judgment in trouble shooting equipment and/or making repairs. Knows how to calibrate equipment that is maintained and/or repaired. Is able to understand and follow oral and written directions. Has the mechanical aptitude to make repairs and adjustments to equipment. Is willing and able to perform work under various adverse weather conditions. Is able to communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisor, plant personnel and other city staff. Knows how to complete work and meet required deadlines. Is able to read and understand drawings, charts, and maintenance manuals Is able to perform mathematical calculations. Is able to use judgment and discretion in carrying out assigned activities. Is able to operate motor equipment safely and for extended periods of time. Has good technical and 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 interaction with all city departments and divisions, coworkers and general 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 standards and expectations of the city.

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work. Completes assigned work within deadlines in accordance to directives, city policy, standards, and prescribed procedures. Remains accountable to 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; strives to meet 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, city staff 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, coworkers, 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. Maintains equipment and machinery operated in safe and proper working condition, making repairs as needed and reporting major repairs to supervisor.

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

Equipment Operator I - Water Distribution Department

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, backhoe, tractor, water machine, sewer machine, pump, jackhammer, 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 the supervisor informed of job progress.
• May operate a snow plow and sand spreaders during the 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 the position.

Salary: Minimum starting salary $27,817.40 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 online 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.

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.

Fire Department Employment Opportunities

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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.