ITility, LLC

  • Anaerobic Digester Operator

    Job Locations US-MD-Westover
    Posted Date 3 months ago(9/20/2018 1:58 PM)
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  • Overview

    The AD Operator is responsible for the daily operation and oversight of the anaerobic digester. The operator is the key point of contact for all biomass deliveries and public tours and is therefore responsible for maintaining ITility’s reputation with customers and the community at all times.


    • Monitor the operation of anaerobic digester’s pumps, motors, and other equipment; read gauges, dials, and other instrumentation; maintain and update accurate logs of operations.
    • Maintain logs of instrument readings, test results, and shift production; send production information to corporate office for review.
    • Set or adjust machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature, and pressure.
    • Examine samples visually or by hand to verify qualities such as clarity, cleanliness, consistency, dryness, and texture.
    • Collect various digester samples for laboratory tests; perform some laboratory analysis such as chlorine residuals, suspended solids, volatile solids, volatile acid, alkalinity, carbon dioxides, BOD, pH, and temperature.
    • Perform control tests to determine if the digester is operating correctly and effectively; make necessary adjustments to maintain biological balances and flow requirements; adjust equipment to obtain maximum efficiency and results with the recommendations of supervisors (engineering and lab).
    • Clean and inspect machines and equipment for hazards, operating efficiency, malfunctions, wear, and leaks. Perform oil changes on generator.
    • Inspect equipment and facilities to locate needed repairs; perform general maintenance and routine repairs as needed.
    • Prepare daily data sheet; compile reports; input data into computer system.
    • Maintain all facility buildings and grounds, keeping the site clean and organized at all times. Participate in snow removal as required. Monitor alarms and assist in corrective action.
    • Participate in the training of other staff.


    Education, Experience, and Skills Required:

    • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, engineering, or agricultural field is preferred.
    • Must have high mechanical aptitude and experience working with machines and reading gauges, dials, and indicators.
    • Previous agricultural experience is preferred.
    • Previous experience in heavy equipment operation is preferred.
    • Must have experience working with computers.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license.
    • Must be detail-oriented.
    • Must be able to make decisions, solve problems, and calmly handle stressful situations.

    Work Conditions:

    • This is a physical job, requiring significant stamina and mobility to work with and around motorized equipment. Must be able to lift, stand, sit, walk, bend, reach, grasp, climb, push/pull, and work at heights up to 40 feet and in confined spaces. May be required to move up to 80 pounds on occasion.
    • Must have visual acuity, good hearing activity, and ability to communicate clearly and quickly in person and via telephone.
    • Must be able to respond quickly to signals to avoid injury or equipment leaks.
    • Must be aware of and follow all safety procedures and OSHA requirements.
    • Must wear company-provided uniforms and safety gear. May be exposed to waste water treatment sludge and/or effluent.
    • Will be exposed to outdoor weather conditions during course of work activities, including heat, snow, and inclement weather.
    • Physical ability to participate in training sessions, presentations, and meetings is required.
    • Must be able to be on call in case of emergencies or incidents.
    • Must be willing to work weekends, flexible hours, and holidays.

    ITility is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    ITility is committed to providing a work environment that is non-discriminatory, harassment free, fair, ethical and inclusive.

    ITility is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity, and complies with all applicable laws which prohibit discrimination and harassment in the workplace. ITility strictly prohibits discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law in all terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including without limitation, recruiting, hiring, assignment, compensation, promotion, discipline and termination. This policy covers conduct occurring at ITility’s offices, client sites, other locations where ITility is providing services, and to all work-related activities.


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