Jobs for Veterans, Veteran Job Board |

Post Jobs

Job Information

American Water Backhoe Operator U537P in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania

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

Short Description

Shift: Monday-Friday, 3:30pm-midnight

Primary Role

Safely drives, operates, and maintains the Backhoe.

Key Accountabilities

  • Drives the backhoe to the job site. Operates in a safe manner to make required street openings, trenches, backfilling. Performs loading and unloading of excavated material from a work site.

  • Cleans, greases,and makes minor repairs to the backhoe. When not operating the backhoe,the Backhoe Operator shall work as a Utility Person and performs the following skills: inspects, operates, maintains, troubleshoots,installs and repairs water distribution and wastewater collection system facilities including not limited to a) water mains, valves,hydrants and service lines; 2) sewer lines, manholes and service laterals; and 3) pumping and flow control facilities.

  • Responds to customer service inquiries including service disruptions, service line problems and grinder pump malfunctions. Investigates complaint and determines corrective action per company procedure.

  • Performs new service activities including tap installation and recordkeeping. Monitors plant operations, as needed, water distribution and wastewater collection systems, and make adjustments as directed to control operations.

  • Operates and maintains plant process equipment as directed. Completes all necessary forms, sketches, and field notes and uses maps and records. Maintains tools and work equipment.

  • Performs maintenance and light construction duties including repairs and/or improvements to physical plant, custodial duties and related building and grounds activities. Performs facility mark-out pursuant to Pennsylvania One-Call.

  • Performs other duties which may be assigned by a Water Company supervisor.

Knowledge / Skills


  • Able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the One-Call system and must be able to identify other utilities location markings. Must demonstrate a working knowledge of safety issues, such as operating the backhoe around other persons and excavating near other underground facilities.


  • Physically able to operate the backhoe safely and efficiently, both on and off the road.

  • Able to operate both ends of the backhoe efficiently for the purpose of digging, loading, and cleaning up a job site.

  • Able to operate the backhoe in a safe and efficient manner in various positions, such as on hills and various angles.

  • Must be familiar with safe excavation and proper trenching and shoring procedures.


Champions safety

Customer obsessed

Cultivates innovation

Nimble learning

Drives Results


Licenses & Certifications

  • PA DOT Certification required.

  • Valid PA Driver's license.


Position is subject to 24 hour call-out and overtime.

  • Join American Water...We Keep Life Flowing*™

  • American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants* based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.