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American Water Process Technician in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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

Primary Role

Controls treatment plant machines and equipment to purify and clarify water for human consumption and for industrial use.

Hours: Rotating shift

Key Accountabilities

  • Frequently operates and controls motors and valves to regulate flow of raw water into treatment plant.

  • Constantly injects specified amounts of chemicals such as chlorine, fluoride, and caustic soda into water or adjusts automatic devices that admit specified amounts of chemicals into tanks or pipes to disinfect, deodorize, and clarify water.

  • Frequently monitors panel board to regulate flow rate and chemical feed rates.

  • Frequently cleans filter beds, using backwashing (reverse low of water).

  • Frequently tests water samples to determine pH, fluoride, and impurities using colorimeter, turbidimeter, and specific ion meter.

Frequently records data such as residual content of chemicals, water, turbidity, etc.

  • Frequently makes plant rounds to collect samples, wash filters, mix filter aid.

Occasionally changes chlorine cylinders with assistance from Citico Plant Operator.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Must learn the functioning of the overall pumping and water treatment system.


High school graduate or state-recognized educational equivalency certificate required.

Specific vocational preparation includes an occupationally significant combination of vocational education, apprentice training, in-plant training, on-the job training, or essential experience.

Work Environment

  • Work is both inside and outdoors with exposure to weather conditions during routine plant rounds and involving contact with raw water or treated water.

  • Atmospheric condition with moisture content sufficiently high to cause marked bodily discomfort.

  • Atmospheric temperature variations during routine plant rounds. Works near chlorine, sodium hydroxide, fluoride, carbon, polyaluminum chloride, filter aid, zinc orthophosphate, etc. Potential exposure to chemicals.

  • Potential hazards includes working near chemicals, walking at heights, ascending and descending narrow stairs, walking around top of Aldrich units, working in darkness, and slipping and falling on walking surfaces.

Licenses & Certifications

Tennessee Grade IV water treatment license required


Champions safety

Customer obsessed

Cultivates innovation

Nimble learning

Drives Results


  • 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.