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American Water Works Co Inc

Water Operator - Contract Services Group (CSG) (100903)

Engineering and Architecture

CAD Operator



Gibsonton, Florida, United States

Diversity of backgrounds, ideas, thoughts, and experiences is vital to our culture and the way we do business. Creating an environment where differences are embraced and where every person feels engaged and included makes us safer, stronger, and more successful.

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE:AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,500 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 25 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

American Water - Acciona Agua (AWAA) operates and maintains the Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Facility (TBSWDF) on behalf of the owner, Tampa Bay Water (TBW). The 20-year contract services agreement is an Operation, Maintenance and Management services agreement started on November 15, 2004. This position is an Operator Trainee if you do not currently hold a Class C Water License in the state of Florida. Although this is not a requirement for the position, if you do not hold this license, you’ll start ‘in-training’ which reflects a starting pay of $18.00/hr. Once the required license is obtained, bonuses and pay increases will be made available.

PLEASE NOTE: In order for American Water to evaluate decisions about new regulations, reintegration, and safe operating practices, all employees are required to report their vaccination status.

Primary Role

Under close supervision performs a variety of semi-skilled maintenance work, and operate a variety of equipment in the operation, repair, maintenance of water, belt press and lift station facilities.

Key Accountabilities
  • Monitor the performance of all equipment, gauges and charts in the treatment plant and pump stations; reports problems to others as they are encountered.
  • Under close supervision, operate, maintain, and repair malfunctions at the water treatment plant; repair gauges, pumps, filters, and other controls and equipment
  • Collect samples and identify concentrations of chemical, physical, or biological characteristics of water and wastewater as required in accordance with local, state, and federal requirements.
  • Become trained and perform water and wastewater quality control tests using appropriate methodology.
  • Respond to call-out as required in a timely fashion.
  • Respond to Tampa Bay complaints/inquires and report information to a senior operator or supervisor.
  • Under supervision, operate and maintain lift stations and water pump stations: under supervision, operate and maintain storage tanks
  • Under supervision, Inspect and/or repair disinfection equipment, booster pumping stations, read meters and check lift stations at frequent intervals to ensure that all aspects of the systems are functioning properly
  • Maintain a variety of records relating to inspections, maintenance activity, water supply, consumption, etc.
  • Perform all duties in conformance to appropriate safety, environmental, and security standards.
  • Assist maintenance personnel as needed
  • Learn belt press operations
  • General housekeeping
  • Knowledge of corporate policies within one month of hire

  • Knowledge of safety and environmental policies, practices and procedures within 1 year of hire

  • Basic knowledge of chemistry, biology, mathematics, hand tools and mechanical repair

  • Skill in planning, scheduling, prioritizing, and coordinating work within assigned work area

  • Skill in the use of motorized vehicles and equipment such as fork lifts, heavy trucks, tamper, portable generators, portable pumps, ditch witch, etc. as required

  • Skill in the use of power tools such as saws, compressors, sanders, grinders, etc. as required

  • Skill in the use of common hand tools

  • Skill in the use of communications equipment such as mobile radio, etc.

  • Ability to remain alert and attentive to job requirements and co-workers

  • Ability to work in a team environment

  • H.S. diploma or G.E.D.
  • 0-1 years experience in water or wastewater operations maintenance or construction.
Travel Requirements
  • <5%
Certifications & Licenses
  • License: Class E driver's license, CDL preferred.
  • Certificates: Florida Class C Water license required within 2 years of hire, successfully complete (Southeast Desalting Association) SEDA’s training within two years of hire.
Work Environment
  • Ability to work in crouching, climbing, and bending positions
  • Able to climb ladders
  • Ability to lift heavy objects, walk and stand for extended periods of time, and perform strenuous physical labor under adverse field conditions
  • Ability to lift, carry, push and pull equipment up to 75 lbs.
  • Available to work weekends, holidays, and rotating shifts.
  • Work in extreme weather, work overtime when required
  • Able to work in confined spaces and wear an SCBA
  • Available to work weekends, holidays, and rotating shifts
  • Champions safety
  • Collaborates
  • Customer obsessed
  • Cultivates innovation
  • Drives Results
  • Nimble learning

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.