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Environmental Control Systems Operator

at Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

Posted: 7/8/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 8375b955-5c41-464c-8ed9-628d4fe37330
Keywords: environmental

Job Description

The Environmental Control Systems Operator (ESCO) is responsible for implementation of, and compliance with, company policies and procedural plans related to all environmental media; including air, stormwater, groundwater, solid, and/or hazardous waste. The ECSO assists the Regional Environmental Managers (REMs) and ECSO by operating and maintaining environmental control systems (ECSs) (stormwater treatment systems and air discharge emission control systems) in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws, standards, and permits; and has responsibility for maintaining facility compliance with all applicable ECS permit conditions. 

This position has direct responsibility for operating ECSs, conducting on-site fieldwork associated with sampling, monitoring, observing and recording environmental data; and providing accurate and useful information to the REM and facility managers (upon request). The ECSO assists in the overall planning, design, installation, and has direct first line responsibility for effective operation of ECSs and associated metering and/or measuring devices. The ECSO may also assist the REM in providing immediate environmental emergency responses to ECS upset conditions, environmental incidents, spills, releases, and accidents. The ECSO provides appropriate notifications to management and appropriate regulatory agencies in consultation with the REM and/or national environmental staff.

The Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (SSI) Environmental Control Systems Operator (ECSO) reports directly to the Regional Environmental Manager (REM), and indirectly to Environmental Control Systems Operator (ESCO). The ECSO’s work activities may be supervised by local and/or national employees within the SSI Environmental Department. 

Essential Functions:

Environmental and Health & Safety (H&S)

  • Provides recommendations for improving environmental controls systems to ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements, increase system efficiency, and reduce capital and operating costs.
  • Front line responsibility for implementing necessary maintenance of ECSs, including retaining and managing various contractors when necessary.
  • Assists in development and implementation of environmental procedures applicable to ECS.
  • Ensures adherence to all company and divisional health, safety, and environmental standards.
  • Provides a safe environment for employees, customers and visitors.

Operational Performance & Best Management Practices

  • Spends approximately 80% of time in the field to ensure effective and efficient operation of ECSs. Stormwater system includes the following technologies: oil-water separation, gravity settling (detention/retention), polymer and enhanced settling, electrocoagulation, pressurized sand filtration, and carbon filtration. Air discharge emission control systems may include: high velocity extraction systems, large particulate material drop out boxes, cyclones, z-boxes, wet and dry venturi scrubbers, thermal oxidizers, acid gas scrubbers, baghouses, and associated water treatment systems for wet venturi scrubbers and acid gas scrubbers. Experience with similar ECSs or manufacturing control systems and associated programmable logic controller (PLC) based system operation, maintenance and troubleshooting is preferred. 
  • Prepares and maintains permit-required environmental records and reports related to the ECSs.
  • Collects, evaluates, and disseminates pertinent information relating to ECS compliance requirements and maintains appropriate reference files.
  • Recommends changes in procedures, design, or equipment when necessary.
  • May perform other related duties (including site inspections, spill response preparedness, etc.) as assigned by SSI environmental staff.

Equipment Design, Installation & Maintenance

  • Reviews construction plans to ensure that pollution control considerations are adequate and provides technical guidance as needed for construction and installation of effective pollution control equipment.
  • Collaborates with SSI Project Management team to manage contractors and equipment suppliers during installation of ECSs.
  • Works closely with various operational department personnel to ensure proper management of all waste materials generated through operation and maintenance of environmental controls systems.
  • Assists the REM as appropriate with permitting of ECS equipment.

Inventory & Quality Control

  • Maintains on-site records for ECSs.

Budgeting & Forecasting

  • Maintains budgets and schedules for ongoing operating expenses and capital improvements associated with ECSs.

Specific Other Responsibilities (regional, local, compliance, etc.):

This position is based in Everett, MA, however, occasional travel may be required for training. The Everett, MA facility maintains a Particulate Matter (PM) Control Plan, a component of the air discharge emission control system.  The ECSO is responsible for the maintenance, recordkeeping and regulatory reporting associated with the PM control operations. Depending on operational needs, required maintenance, site conditions, and/or weather; the ESCO may need to travel to various facilities with short notice and/or on nights and weekends. 

Internal Control Responsibilities:

Supports the Company’s Internal Control process which includes understanding, communicating and complying with defined internal controls as well as suggesting and making modifications to the policies, procedures, and controls to better manage compliance requirements for ECSs.

Communicates challenges for operations, company policy violations or regulatory compliance issues to supervisor, other Environmental Department senior staff, or SSI Compliance Department.

Supervisory Responsibility:

Directs union and non-union employees (equipment operator, laborers, etc.) during periodic task specific operation and maintenance activities.

Interpersonal Contacts:

Internal contacts include all levels of personnel, from facility laborers to senior management. These contacts are necessary to obtain facility assistance with operation of ECSs, develop policies and procedures, recommend actions, discuss issues, and distribute information. External contacts are with environmental consulting firms, equipment vendors, contractors, and government agency personnel, to gather information, resolve disagreements, and promote effective and efficient ECS operation to ensure regulatory compliance. Position requires strong communication and documentation skills and working closely with operations facility managers and other personnel to effectively communicate environmental goals and compliance methods. Ensuring an open and collaborative communication style and maintaining professional dialogue with key business partners (i.e. Regional Directors, Operation Managers, H&S Engineer peers, Environmental Manager peers, etc.) throughout the organization is absolutely essential to success.

Job Conditions:

Office and active field working environment including performance of equipment troubleshooting and maintenance, standard system operation, collection of air and water samples for testing, and general information gathering at various locations.  It is necessary to be able to walk/climb in active industrial facilities with uneven surfaces and to isolated areas.  Must be comfortable with heights and an outdoor working environment, including exposure to inclement weather conditions. Position will occasionally respond to urgent situations on off hours and/or weekends and holidays. 

Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions:

Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds frequently, and up to 50 pounds occasionally; be mobile within an office and field environment; operate an automobile; ability to travel frequently by auto or airplane to local and regional locations; climb; negotiate uneven surfaces; sit, stand, and/or walk for extended periods of time; and keyboard for up to several hours per day. Visual acuity for extensive reading, examining documents, conducting equipment maintenance, field sampling, operating an automobile, and operating a laptop computer.


  • Extensive applied environmental or manufacturing control system operational experience is an essential qualification requirement. Minimum of three to five years’ experience operating environmental or manufacturing control systems including PLC programming and use, conducting routine maintenance and system troubleshooting, water and air sampling, managing permit compliance activities, and generating/maintaining permit-required system operation records.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or other applied science discipline is preferred, but not required.
  • This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive an automobile.
  • Ability to apply principles of logical and scientific thinking to define problems; collect data; establish facts; draw valid conclusions in controlled situations; and read and understand engineering plans and specifications to rapidly and effectively evaluate system performance and repair control system malfunctions when necessary.
  • Preference for person with strong demonstrated experience operating and maintaining environmental or manufacturing control systems and maintaining associated permit-required compliance documentation.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills are required (ability to communicate in a professional manner in person, written documents and by e-mail/text/phone).
  • Software proficiency requirements include: Microsoft Office Suite, environmental management systems, ECS testing or analytical programs, and PLC operation packages.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal environmental programs and regulations with approved sampling techniques and procedures is a plus.
  • Candidate must possess or be able to obtain a Massachusetts Grade 1 Wastewater Treatment Operator License.   

PLEASE NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

All U.S. applicants must be 18 years of age or older and all Canada applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. participates in e-verify for all U.S. new hires.

An offer of U.S. employment by Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. or any of its subsidiaries is contingent on the satisfactory completion of a post-offer drug screen and background check.

All new hires must review and sign an Arbitration Agreement. This applies to all U.S. non-union employees.

 As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, disability status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, age, prior industrial injury, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status under local, state or federal law.