American Water Utility Worker in Alexandria, Virginia
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Camden, NJ, the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit www.amwater.com.
Performs skilled tasks associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance of the water distribution system including, but not limited to, fire and domestic services, meter settings, water mains and valves. Routinely drives truck equipped with dump body to transport and dump loose materials such as sand, gravel, crushed rock, coal or bituminous paving materials. Performs tasks associated with the operation and maintenance of pump stations, facilities, grounds, and equipment including electrical and mechanical pumps, motors.
Performs all functions in a safe and conscientious manner, with constant regard for the safety of fellow employees and the general public. Cuts, threads, and joins pipe sections as directed. Performs wet taps using large and small tapping machines, installs repair sleeves, flares copper, installs meter setting and yokes. Cuts, threads, and screws together sections of pipe forming service line and lays service line into trench.
Erects barricades and places safety lights around worksites to protect workers from street traffic; may flag traffic as required. Breaks up pavement, using air hammer, manually digs a ditch preparatory to laying or removing pipe or service lines. Operates, maintains and controls electric motors, pumps, and valves to regulate flow of water. Feeds specified amounts of chemicals, such as chlorine, ammonia, and corrosion inhibitor into water supply and /or adjust automatic devices that admit specified amounts of chemicals into water to disinfect and otherwise treat water. Documents chemical feed activities and system performance with written reports and automatic charts. Records data such as residual content of chemicals, water pressure, power consumption, water output and chemical consumption. Monitors panel board(s) and adjusts controls to regulate flow rates and water storage and distribution of water. Repairs and lubricates machines and equipment, using hand tools and power tools. Collects water samples and tests to determine basic water quality parameters. Troubleshoots and repairs electrical and control circuits, using diagnostic equipment and hand tools.
Reads and adjusts flowmeters and gauges to regulate equipment according to water consumption and demand. Maneuvers pipe sections, valves, and fittings into position. Backfills excavations using compaction equipment on dirt, crushed stone and cold-mix asphalt. Removes and installs water meters, reads meter after installation. Performs maintenance work on company property and grounds.
Drives company vehicles, including dump truck, may pull trailers / equipment. Pulls levers or turns crank to tilt body and dump contents. Moves hand and foot controls to jerk truck forward and backward to loosen and dump material adhering to body. Loads dump truck by hand and/or by operating mechanical loader. Inspects truck, equipment and supplies such as tires, lights, brakes, gas/diesel, oil antifreeze and water.
Cuts, threads, and joins pipe sections as directed. Other duties may be assigned.
Knowledge / Skills
Broad working knowledge of distribution system components, including their installation, such as valves, hydrants, tapping devices and various types of pipe materials.
Experience / Education
Experience in water distribution systems.
High School diploma/GED
Regularly works in outside weather conditions.
Frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed
to toxic or caustic chemicals and extreme cold.
Occasionally works in high, precarious places and occasionally exposed
to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, extreme
heat and risk of electrical shock.
The noise level is usually loud.
Works overtime as required.
Must pass pulmonary function test necessary for use of self-contained
breathing apparatus and, if requested, a range of motion test.
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