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American Water Water Treatment Plant Operator in Fort Meade, Maryland

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. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

Primary Role

Independently operates, maintains, repairs and inspects water treatment systems at wells and similar work in the water distribution system (pump stations, storage tanks, fire hydrants, etc). Includes the collection of water samples per state regulations, recording data and preparing regulatory reports, adjusting chemical feed rates, and other similar duties. Position will also be required to assist with the wastewater collection system on a periodic basis, and participate in water and sewer main and service repairs.

Key Accountabilities

  • Operates water system (wells, chemical feed systems, storage tank levels, etc) to provide compliance with applicable state and federal regulations. Collects and analyzes samples required for compliance and process control.

  • Performs maintenance of the water systems. Perform assigned general housekeeping duties. Maintains and calibrates hand-held and on-line monitoring equipment and treatment equipment as required.

  • Follows Company’s Environmental, Health, and Safety Policies, and report unsafe conditions.

  • Takes and records system operation readings according to prescribed schedules.

  • Maintains daily logs, records plant operating data as required in logs and operations software

  • Effective, timely, and respectful communication and interactions with other employees, supervisors, individuals from other organizations, and citizen customers.

  • Assist in repairs of water and sewer main and service repairs with other project staff

  • Performs other related functions assigned or as they become apparent.


  • Able to read gauges and meters.

  • Prepare and maintain accurate paperwork such as records, logs, orders, surveys and routine reports as directed.

  • Able to perform accurate mathematical calculations related to this position.

  • Perform standardized water process control, monitoring, and compliance sampling and testing.

  • Some computer skills; MS Word, MS Excel and SCADA systems.

  • Collect water samples for analysis by state lab

  • Knowledge of the techniques, equipment and materials used in the mechanical maintenance and repair of related equipment and systems.

  • Possesses a thorough knowledge of well operation and maintenance.

  • Specifically but not limited to knowledge of methods and precautions in storing and handling chlorine and other industrial chemicals.


  • HS Diploma or GED preferred, equivalent industry-specific experience will be considered in lieu of degree

  • Additional trade specific courses preferred

  • 3 years in operation of well systems and water distribution system operation and repair.

  • Excavation equipment experience.

  • Hands on experience with light duty electrical power systems (240v/single and three phase) and instrumentation calibration and use.

  • Past working knowledge/experience using mechanical skills, for making minor repairs to process equipment, piping, motors, etc.

Travel Requirements


Work Environment

  • Employee may be required to work indoor or outdoor work during seasonal heat and cold or other adverse weather conditions.

  • Must be physically able to complete necessary tasks while wearing an approved respirator as required, as some required work may have potential for exposure to harmful contaminants, environments, noise, etc.

  • Must be able to lift 75 pounds, unassisted

  • There will be some weekend, holiday and overtime work as needed, including on-call assignments

Licenses & Certifications

  • The position requires demonstrated experience and possession of a current water operator license

  • Dual licensed in wastewater preferred

  • Must possess a valid, active state driver’s license, CDL preferred


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  • 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.