Visits air monitoring stations at various locations on a regular and as-needed basis, performs routine checks, cleaning, maintenance and secondary calibration of specialized air pollution monitoring equipment (including continuous and intermittent samplers) to ensure high quality of incoming air monitoring data, and keeps a superior informed of unusual, complex or recurring problems. Equipment includes gas analyzers, particulate monitors, meteorological instruments, and components of the data acquisition and logging system.
Examines operation of instruments at the stations, performs routine tests using pre-calibrated gas cylinders, checks electrical and mechanical connections and hookups, carries out routine mechanical repairs, such as replacing faulty tubing and informs Instrument Technicians of equipment repair problems.
Installs instruments and equipment at the monitoring stations and removes equipment when obviously malfunctioning or as directed by Instrument Technicians and investigates suspect data by checking equipment operation.
Analyzes and interprets air quality and meteorological monitoring data and instrument diagnostics (including remote instrument calibrations) using the computerized data collection and reporting software for the purpose of validating/verifying data, troubleshooting and identifying instrument problems, and maintaining equipment.
Maintains records of all field operational and maintenance duties performed, enters and/or edits data as required, retrieves collected data for verification and filing, compiles, summarizes and verifies monthly and annual air monitoring data in reports for a superior's review.
Performs routine servicing and maintenance tasks on air quality monitoring station structures and grounds.
Assists in shipping and receiving of various equipment and supplies.
Performs other related work as required.
Completion of a recognized two year diploma course from an Institute of Technology in Chemical Technology preferably with the Pollution Control/Environmental option or in Instrumentation Technology and some related experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Considerable knowledge and ability to service and routinely adjust specialized air quality and meteorological monitoring instruments and equipment.
Considerable knowledge of the practices, methods and procedures of installing, maintaining, performing secondary calibrations and limited repairs to specialized air monitoring instruments and equipment.
Sound knowledge of the practices, methods and procedures of data review and verification, compiling and summarizing relating to the work performed.
Working knowledge of Regional District geography as applicable to station siting and operations.
Some knowledge of the characteristics and capabilities of the computerized data collection and reporting system as applicable to the work performed and the basic operating and maintenance procedures for same.
Some knowledge of the Environmental Management Act, Clean Air Act and other related applicable legislation.
Ability to install, check, clean, maintain, perform secondary calibration on and remove, as required, specialized air monitoring instruments and equipment.
Ability to examine and to carry out routine mechanical repairs of defective instruments in the field, and to refer complex malfunctions to Instrument Technicians or to a superior.
Ability to identify and investigate questionable data, to monitor and verify air monitoring data, to enter and retrieve data using the computerized data collection and reporting system and to prepare and maintain related work records and reports.
Ability to understand basic principles behind the operation of air monitoring equipment and to learn about new air monitoring instruments.
Ability to drive a light vehicle, to lift and move equipment in cramped quarters, to transport compressed gases and to work effectively on top of stations or on roofs and in all types of weather.
Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision within a prescribed program of maintenance, calibration and report preparation.
Ability to work alone at air quality monitoring stations.
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