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Job Description


The AquaFit Engineering Technician is a skilled, multi-craft professional responsible for all aspects of the lead-recycling AquaRefining electrolyzer’s output.  This professional is required to work on the manufacturing floor in a lead HazMat environment providing subject matter expertise and troubleshooting with mechanical, electrical, stick-welding/fabrication(stainless steel), and the ability to execute equipment specifications using P&ID; must provide immediate added value and display the entrepreneurial spirit to advance the vision of this start-up organization.  Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) operator experience is required (Additional skill and experience with HMI software, Allen-Bradley or similar, is a valued plus but not a requirement). Position requires three to four years direct experience in a manufacturing setting with electrical assembly and troubleshooting from 24 to 480 volts, mechanical function (assembly, installation, troubleshooting) and safe and experienced use of hand tools.  At least one year of forklift experience is required.

This person must be committed to lead HazMat mitigation practices including wear of full PPE with full-face respirator (Tyvek suit, hard hat, etc.).  Monthly and periodic lead level testing is required, and the highest level of lead mitigation includes custom mask fit from a medical professional, full shower, and locker room facilities on-site to decontaminate, as well as ongoing safety training.

This professional must ensure individual and team results within a small, highly collaborative, and results-oriented team including other technicians, engineers, and high-level leadership.  This professional must be results oriented, open to travel domestically or globally in the future, and at times be able to execute results independently to meet the client lead-recycling needs. Additional preferred skillsets include some knowledge of chemistry, three to four years of PVC pipefitting (1/2 inch to 6 inch), and experience with plastic welding.  This is an hourly position and will play a key role leading Aqua Metals to its next level of organizational evolution with goal to increase global lead production without increasing emissions using AquaRefining.


1.  Multi-craft deliverables include high-level mechanical aptitude, electrical, HMI controls, stick welding, reading/executing in accordance with P&ID.  Responsible to repair equipment malfunctions in a timely manner identifying the root cause to find permanent repairs. 

2.     Must display mechanical competency and provide building up, tearing down, transport, installation, and correct problems and inefficiencies with the recycling module. Must understand and apply proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller loop mechanisms. Locates sources of problems by observing mechanical devices in operation, listening for problems, using precision measuring and testing instruments. Replace defective parts by dismantling devices using hoists, cranes, and wide range of hand and power tools.

3.     Responsible for providing electrical know-how to assemble, disassemble, transport, install and correct electrical problems and inefficiencies with the recycling module using appropriate tools and meters.  Install and maintain wiring, control, and power systems in compliance with National Electrical Code (NEC). Inspect and understand electrical distribution components (switchgear, panelboards, transformers, other electrical components). Must identify electrical problems in all circuitry using electrical theory and standard industry accepted methods to avoid electrical hazards.  Correctly identify voltage and current nomenclature on equipment. Safely troubleshoot and repair systems using voltages from 24, 120, 277, and 480 volts AC/DC circuits. 

4.     Must correctly operate and provide user level troubleshooting programmable logic controller (PLC) troubleshooting with a computer using Allen Bradley software.  (Basic understanding of control logic, ladder logic, shorthand labeling, as well as analog/digital controls is a valued plus but not a requirement).

5.     Must accurately execute stick welding using stainless steel and carbon steel.  Examine components form, structural integrity, and texture of build to identify product defects; complete appropriate documentation when defects are identified providing solutions.

6.     Proficient with reading, interpreting, and executing equipment specifications using P&ID, basic blueprints, diagrams, engineering drawings, bills of materials, and other instructions to accurately assemble and troubleshoot equipment. Rework and/or repair assembled equipment and products according to engineering specification changes.

7.     Must be able to inspect, install, remove, repair, and replace PVC piping.

8.     Safely and efficiently operate forklift to ensure successful deployment of AquaRefining electrolyzer. 

9.     Apply basic chemistry knowledge.

10.  Supporting an engineering department with the operations of equipment.

11.  Maintain inventory of product in workstations.

12.  Perform quality work checks to ensure the product meets quality standards.

13.  Perform all work in accordance with quality standards and established safety procedures

14.  Maintain a clean and safe work area

15.  Supervisory responsibilities: None


    •        SAFETY: always take ownership of and operate safely; be alert, observe, correct, and report unsafe conditions/incidents; ensure completion and documentation for appropriate task training, such as all equipment, vehicles, systems, or any safety requirements; comply with safety program
    •        MISSION: align all behavior, habits, and actions toward Aqua Metals mission; goal-oriented
    •        ETHICS: treats people with respect; works ethically with integrity; exercises due diligence 
    •        TEAMWORK: balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes constructive feedback; contributes to building a positive and collaborative team spirit; supports everyone's efforts to succeed; demonstrate professional, solution-oriented demeanor and communication during all interactions; facilitate communication between all stakeholders
    •        CULTURE: commit daily to developing a work culture that cultivates trust, collaboration, and results
    •        PROBLEM SOLVING: works alone or in groups to develop solutions; apply reason and critical thinking
    •        ATTENDANCE: regular attendance, reporting promptly and appropriately for work, meetings/training, follow time off procedures
    •        COMMUNICATION: write/speak clearly and professionally in all situations; participates attentively to questions and problems with all people; initiate questions and feedback
    •        demonstrate understanding of company, departmental policies/procedures, as well as adhere to changes; follow employee handbook, which includes and is not limited to Anti-Bullying, Anti-Harassment, Violence in the Workplace, and Guidelines for Appropriate Conduct
    •        follow operating procedures and comply with all regulatory requirements (federal, state, local, other)
    •        adhere to professional appearance, dress, and uniform standards; always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while on production floor (Tyvek suit)
    •        complete other duties as assigned

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    •        High School Diploma degree or equivalent experience 
    •        Basic reading skills. Must be able to follow directions.
    •        Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly
    •        Ability to apply critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning; think to produce new concepts/ideas
    •        High attention to detail and self-motivation skills
    •        3-4 years’ experience operating safely in industrial manufacturing setting working with hazardous materials.
    •        3-4 years’ mechanical experience in an industrial manufacturing setting.
    •        3-4 years’ electrical experience in an industrial manufacturing setting.
    •        3-4 years’ human machine interface (HMI) hardware experience and programmable logic controller (PLC) troubleshooting.  Experience with Allen-Bradley or similar software.
    •        3-4 years’ experience stick welding using stainless steel in an industrial manufacturing setting.
    •        3-4 years’ experience reading and executing equipment builds using P&ID in an industrial manufacturing setting.
    •        3-4 years’ experience with PVC installation and repair in industrial manufacturing setting.
    •        1-year experience safely operating forklift in an industrial manufacturing setting.
    •        Basic understanding of chemistry
    •        3-4 years’ experience using hand tools; thorough knowledge of tool inspection and safety
    •        3-4 years of mechanical assembly experience
    •        3-4 years’ experience reading and executing P&ID Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams in industrial manufacturing environment
    •        3-4 years’ experience forklift, scissor lift, and other similar equipment
    •        meet physical requirements outlined in physical and work environment requirements listed below.
    •        SOFTWARE/HARDWARE: Microsoft Office suites; email, internet, adobe, etc., as well as varying specific company software platforms; computer (desk and laptop), phone, fax, copier, scanner, and other related office equipment (audio/video/media equipment)
    •        Basic computer navigation and utilization skills; TYPING/DATA ENTRY of 25 words per minute
    •        identification that establishes the right to work in the United States; identification that establishes identity

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: It is essential to adhere to safety guidelines (use of personal protective equipment, safety policies and procedures). Physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.








    Lifting (1-50 lbs. weight)


    Lifting (below knees to above shoulders)


    Climbing (ladders 0-10 ft.)

    Bending (from waist)

    Carrying (1-50 lbs. weight)

    Crouching (squat)

    Pushing (1-50 lbs. weight)


    Pulling (1-50 lbs. weight)


    Reaching (below knee to above shoulder)


    Climbing (stairs)


    Handling (holding/grasping)


    Fingering (pick/pinch, fine movement)

    Feet (use of foot pedals, driving)

    Wrist (repetitions, flexion/rotation)

    WORK ENVIRONMENT: The characteristics described here represent those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of job. Reasonable accommodations may be requested to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, and the company will consider varying requirements whenever necessary.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office. When in the field, appropriate hearing protection may be needed.







    Office environment


    Warehouse/Production environment

    Contact with natural gas & other compressed gas

    Wet/humid conditions (non-weather)

    Works alone

    Wet/humid conditions (weather)

    Confined space

    Temperatures, non-weather (<32°F)

    Work in high positions (0-10 ft.)

    Temperatures, non-weather (32°F to 79°F)

    Work in high positions (>11 ft.)

    Temperatures, non-weather (> 80°F)

    Power/electrical equipment or hazards

    Temperatures, weather (<32°F)

    Near moving mechanical parts

    Temperatures, weather (32°F to 79°F)

    Chemical hazard

    Temperatures, weather (> 80°F)

    Biological hazard

    walk on concrete

    Noise exposure

    walk on uneven/slippery surface

    Fumes or airborne particles