Solid Waste Operations Engineer

Olmsted County
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Location in MN
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$60,756.80 - $100,672.00 Annually


Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Primary Duties
Nature of Work

Under the general supervision of the Plant Engineer, provides research and engineering to optimize operations, develops and executes capital projects and major maintenance endeavors. Plans, designs, and implements Environmental Resources Department projects and programs. Provides detailed technical and administrative support to assist in meeting the operational objectives of the Department. Performs additional responsibilities as assigned.

Examples of Work
  • Prepares, designs, authors specifications, and executes capital improvement, construction, and replacement projects.
  • Serves as project manager, liaison, technical advisor, and key communicator for work performed by consultants as well as advisory groups, private and public agencies, and the public.
  • Manages and develops new drawing files including legacy and original designed parts and sub-assemblies.
  • Researches, prepares, and assists with recommendations for negotiating and managing contracts for goods and services, developing vendor relations and new sources of revenue.
  • Compiles and evaluates operational data and prepares and maintains plant performance reports, metrics, and KPI’s.
  • Provides maintenance engineering expertise and input on failure analysis and component risk mitigation through inventory management.
  • Assists with the preparation of maintenance, operational and capital budgets.
  • Develops, implements, and conducts safety and new equipment training for all staff and develops detailed operating procedures.
  • Ensures plant compliance with operating permits and legal statutes and provides report data as required.
  • Performs additional responsibilities as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • Considerable knowledge of the engineering principles and practices involved in the operation and maintenance of heavy stationary boilers, high voltage electrical generation/transmission equipment, sanitary landfill and yard composting and related support and auxiliary systems
  • Knowledge of the methods, materials and tools involved in the maintenance, diagnostic and aversion of both mechanical and electrical system failures of a refuse fired cogeneration facility
  • Knowledge of power plant maintenance administrative procedures and of municipal waste combustor operation
  • Knowledge of the function and sustainment of district energy systems
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations and rules governing solid waste and/or energy producing facilities, as well as public purchasing and contracting
  • Skill in the use of computer software and hardware including AutoCAD and Microsoft Office products.  
  • Skill in writing technical documents as service supply and delivery contracts, technical equipment procurement specifications and equipment operating procedures
  • Skill in written and verbal interpersonal communications
  • Skill in planning, organizing, and accomplishing work in a timely and effective manner
  • Ability to manage capital improvement and capital replacement projects
  • Ability to compile, evaluate, forecast, and report facility operational data
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers, contractors, colleagues, employees, and the public
  • Ability to oversee the work of contractors engaged in installing, operating, and repairing facilities and equipment
  • Ability to develop and manage complex multi-disciplinary projects from concept to commissioning.
  • Ability to review accurate engineering computations and apply engineering judgment to the planning, design, construction, and operation of public works facilities
  • Ability to read, understand, and revise plan sketches, diagrams, and blueprints
  • Ability to develop and administer effective training programs

Persons with disabilities: the above is a general listing of job duties. Essential and non-essential functions may vary by individual position. Reasonable accommodations may be available for both essential and non-essential job duties. 

Minimum Qualifications of Education and Experience

A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, manufacturing, electrical, industrial, or process engineering with two (2) years of experience in a technical related support role. Internships and related unpaid experience will count towards the experience.  


Combination of education and experience equivalent to six (6) years of experience in a similar position as listed in the work functions.

 Regular and reliable attendance is a necessary component of job/position.  Individuals required to use County vehicles and equipment must have a valid Minnesota driver's license and be free of any major traffic violations for the last three (3) years

Required Special Qualifications:

  • One (1) year of proficiency using DraftSight, Autodesk, AutoCAD or equivalent 2D drafting software.
  • One (1) year of proficiency using SolidWorks 3D software (Associate Certification preferred).

 Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience in Resource Recovery.
  • A Minnesota Professional Engineer's License.
  • Minnesota Grade A Stationary Engineer’s License Background in Waste-To-Energy Facilities.
  • Experience in the design, construction, maintenance, management and/or operation of solid waste processing, energy producing or similar facilities.
  • Boiler Operator Licensure or 1+ years working knowledge of Boiler Systems.
  • Project Management Professional Certification.
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