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American Water Works Co Inc

Unmanned Aerial Systems Operator

Engineering and Architecture

CAD Operator


Camden, New Jersey, 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.

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

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilot supports American Water flight operations as a member of the aircrew. The entry level pilot is a key member of an American Water unmanned aircraft team and supports all aspects of flight operations. Serves as a pilot in command of unmanned aircraft in both training exercises and operational missions. Through interaction with flight instructors and experienced members of the aircrew, the UAS Operator will develop the skills required for safe and effective UAS operations.

Key Accountabilities
  • Conduct operational planning, including mission identification, site selection, equipment and aircrew requirements, regulatory requirements, weather briefings, etc.;
  • Conduct preflight risk assessment and develop hazard mitigation measures;
  • Perform preflight and post-flight operational, safety and security checks of the unmanned aircraft system;
  • Perform preflight and post-flight safety briefings for the UAS aircrew;
  • Ensure safety for team members during flight;
  • Communicate safety, hazards, needs and concerns to the site lead and/or flight instructor;
  • Operates the aircraft in a safe and secure manner in accordance with Federal regulations and company policy;
  • Act as the pilot in command of the unmanned aircraft, and
  • Complete flight documentation
  • Know and understand the Federal Aviation Regulations as they relate to unmanned aircraft operations.
  • Strong demonstrated communications skills (writing, verbal communication, etc.).
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, social media).
  • Organizational skills, including time management, ability to identify and prioritize obligations., etc.
  • Desire for excellence in all aspects of work.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in order to accomplish the required tasks.
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to anticipate requirements and act proactively to support requirements
  • Know, understand and effectively implement the goals of the UAS program.
  • Effectively function within the UAS program, including understanding systems, procedures, processes and how the program fits into the overall business design.
  • Interact with staff and colleagues within the organization.
  • Know, understand and comply with the law, ethics and corporate citizenship behavior of American Water.
  • Develop relationships and build trust.
  • High school diploma required.
  • College level coursework, or specialized training in aviation related subjects is desired.
  • Prior experience operating UAS in a utility inspection, or mapping environment desired.
Work Environment
  • Indoor/Outdoor Work Environment
Certifications & Licenses
  • Safety Certification Level 1TM **
  • Visual Line of Sight Operations (VSO) Ground CertificationTM **
  • Visual Line of Sight (VSO) Flight CertificationTM **
  • FAA Part 107 remote pilot in command certificate
  • Valid driver’s license is required
  • Unmanned Safety Institute®, Inc. (USI) certifications or equivalent UAS safety certification
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to see and hear well and speak clearly.
  • Position involves physical activity to include setting up unmanned aircraft system equipment and other support equipment.
  • Standing for long periods of time.
  • Ability to drive during daylight and nighttime hours.
  • Travel to training and job sites required.
  • Travel to certification and flight training may be required (company paid).
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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 they are an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.