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Valley Water
  • Position Number: 3954306
  • Location: San Jose, CA
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

Industrial Coating Specialist II

Valley Water

Salary: $93,808.00 - $120,161.60 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01587-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Raw Water

Closing: 3/19/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Overview: The Industrial Coating Specialist II position incorporates and performs a wide spectrum of essential tasks using specialized craft and technical skills for the purpose of sustaining treated and raw water infrastructure in the area of architectural painting and industrial protective coatings with particular attention on corrosion control, and to perform other related duties as assigned.

This position will be based out of Morgan Hill with work responsibilities throughout Santa Clara Valley. A company vehicle and tools will be provided to allow transportation between sites.

This position requires the individual to be onsite and is typically not a teleworking position.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform industry-standard painting and coating work on new and existing substrates including all types of interior and exterior structures, dams, vaults, piping, pipe appurtenances, valves, pumps and tanks.
  • Coat metal substrates for corrosion control in conjunction with cathodic protection.
  • Work with various hazardous coatings including epoxies, urethanes, coal tar, mastics, and solvents; safely apply hazardous coatings in confined space areas.
  • Collaborate with other crafts in the completion of other rehabilitation projects of which include protective coatings.
  • Safely utilize, and properly maintain a variety of painting materials, tools, and equipment including aerial lifts, compressors, sprayers, power tools, and cleaning equipment; ladders, and platforms.
  • Estimate time, materials, and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisition materials as required.
  • Oversee the work of contract staff on assigned projects and assist with coating inspections.
  • Provide assistance in various other maintenance areas as required.
  • Employees have a responsibility for safety; for following safety regulations and safety policies and procedures applicable to their work.
  • Pursuant to California Government Code Section 3100, all public employees are required to serve as disaster service workers subject to such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their supervisors or by law.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
  • Stay up to date on new and emerging technology regarding industrial coatings.
  • Manage and maintain district required safety training at or above 80% completion.
Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria as listed below.

Ideal Experience:
Industrial Coating Specialist II
More than four (4) years of responsible industrial coating experience in a utility environment.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:
Ability to:
  • Plan, strategize approach to, and execute the performance of multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Diagnostically address and problem-solve paint and coating failures for corrosion control with corrective solutions.
  • Competently inspect completed contracted coating projects in support of in-house engineers.
  • Implement all areas of safety training.
  • Cooperate with outside contractors to expedite projects to their completion.
  • Competently use equipment, such as aerial lifts, vacuum excavators, and pressure washers.
  • Identify jobsite safety hazards both real and potential.
  • Organize, maintain, and control paint, coating, and sundry material inventory.
  • Properly dispose of hazardous wastes.
  • Field fit test and use full face and half-mask respirators.
  • Use common desktop applications and software, including ability to upload data for asset management posting time and materials along with project locations and descriptions.
  • Trouble-shoot and correct common equipment failure problems in the field including airless, HVLP conventional sprayers, generators and compressors.
  • Proficient in the use of power equipment including airless, and HVLP conventional sprayers.
  • Principles of business writing and report preparation.
  • Perform a variety of skilled painting and coating tasks industry specific and particular to SCVWD water treatment and distribution facilities.
Ideal Knowledge:
Knowledge of:
  • Analyzing substrates for evaluating type of coating system to be applied.
  • Coating preparation techniques for a variety of substrate conditions.
  • Coating and paint materials including types of activators and thinners, 2-part epoxies, urethanes, coal tars, carbomastics, epoxymastics, moisture cure expoxies and acrylics architectural and industrial; hazards, physical properties, and best applications practices for each as compliant with technical data sheets and corresponding MSDS.
  • Compatibility of painting and coating products applied.
  • Methods and techniques for applying protective coatings.
  • Pressure washing and chemical cleaning techniques.
  • Types of corrosion and treatment for corrosion control.
  • Effect of coatings on various types of cathodic protection.
  • Regulations and applicable laws regarding the use and disposal of hazardous materials particular to coating materials.
  • NSF and ANSI standards relative to coating applications.
  • Analyze coating failures for root cause.
Ideal Training and Education:
  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in industrial coatings, e.g.
  • Society of Protective Coatings (SSPC), National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).

Required License or Certificate

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
  • Training and/or certifications from the Society of Protective Coatings (SSPC) or National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) is desirable.

To review the Classification Specification, please click here (Download PDF reader)

Raw Water Field Ops & Pipeline Maintenance Unit (Position Code 774)

COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all newly hired Valley Water personnel to be fully vaccinated (for COVID -19) or to be formally excused from the requirement through the **reasonable accommodation process (for details, see bottom of job posting)

Valley Water Telework Program: Eligibility for telework will depend on the type of work performed, operational needs, and the ability for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job duties while teleworking. Employment with Valley Water requires employees to live within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in San Jose, California by their start date.

Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification. COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
* Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine status in the State of California's July 26, 2021 Public Health Officer Order.
**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination Requirement
An individual who has been provided a job offer may request a reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if they:
1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine's manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;
2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,
3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.

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