American Water Water Treatment Plant Operator U537O in Ellwood City, 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 Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

Short Description

Shift is rotating days/hours.

Primary Role

Actively involved in or makes process control decisions associated with the operation and maintenance of water purification systems and related wastewater processes.

Key Accountabilities

Operates, maintains, controls and performs routine repair of plant equipment including preventive maintenance duties. Establishes, maintains and controls flow through the water treatment process and into and within the distribution system.

Maintains process control through the water treatment and wastewater processes including the establishment, maintenance, calibration and adjustment of chemical feed rates necessary to optimize the process operation.

Monitors the water treatment plant and water distribution system and makes adjustments as necessary to control their operation. Maintains all necessary records.

Performs water quality sampling, testing and analysis to determine compliance with federal, state and PAWC’s standards. Loads, unloads, handles, batches, and places water treatment plant chemicals into storage.

Operates and maintains raw water facilities including reservoir supply, transmission and pumping facilities.

Performs general maintenance duties at water treatment plant and related facilities and other assigned duties.

Knowledge / Skills

Working knowledge of basic mechanical and automated control systems.

Knowledge of water treatment processes, basic scientific concepts, water quality standards, and regulation and company procedures.


Functional / Technical Skills

Learning on the Fly

Organizational Agility

Problem Solving

Time Management

Experience / Education

GED/High School graduate or state recognized education equivalency certificate.

College course work and/or degree in biology, chemistry, environmental science or engineering curriculum are desired.

Continuing education as needed for Operator certification renewal.

Work Environment

Environmental conditions including contact with water, chemicals, fumes, odors and dust as a result of working with and handling potentially hazardous water treatment and laboratory chemicals.

Minimum exposure to inclement weather mostly of short duration.

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