American Water Maintenance Mechanic I in Plainfield, New Jersey

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 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

Key Accountabilities

  • Building maintenance and repairs of the structure, mechanical systems and plumbing system, such as moving furniture, painting, repairing leaks.

  • Equipment maintenance and repairs to pumps, motors, valves and piping.

  • Use of small and large hand and powered rotary and impact tools (such as screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches, jack hammers, power cut off saw), rigging/lift equipment, cutting and burning equipment.

  • Plainfield and Belle Mead Mechanics perform electrical troubleshooting and repairs as assigned.

  • Chemical feed system maintenance, including pump repair, pipe repair and installation.

  • Respond to chemical spills and releases for cleanup and decontamination work in chemical protective clothing/SCBA in alternating ½ hour shifts.

  • Excavation work and basin cleaning work.

  • River water intake cleaning and maintenance, including raking and removal of river debris.

  • Collecting required samples per sampling procedures and completing the required documentation on Plant and distribution systems.

  • Regularly lifting hatches to enter confined spaces to assess equipment condition or make repairs.

  • Regular use of an atmospheric monitor to assess environment conditions.

  • Work from ladders and/or scaffolding.

  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Knowledge / Skills

  • Able to speak, read, write and understand the English language.

  • Operate a tractor, grass cutter, and/or forklift.

  • Written and verbal communications of work progress.

  • Ability to don required personal protection equipment including hard hat, safety goggles, body harness type fall arrester, etc.

  • Ability to don the multiple levels of personal protection equipment including chemical resistant suits, gloves, hats, eye protection and positive and negative pressure respirators including self-contained breathing apparatus.

  • Complete and execute HAZWOPER training and work in permit required confined spaces with PPE.

  • Possess geographic knowledge of the company's service area and distribution system. Following an assigned route as mapped.

  • Customer Service focused.

  • Must have working knowledge of Company policies, procedures, and safety practices applicable to area of responsibility, as well as federal regulations regarding confined spaces, lockout/tagout, etc.

  • If awarded the position, must pass training requirements which include, but are not limited to, TCPA for Ozone; 40 hour HAZWOPPER Training; confined space entry; Respiratory Protection

  • training; fire extinguisher training; PPE training; Excavation-Competent Person; hot work; forklift; arc flash protection scaffolding and Lockout/tag out "authorized" training.


Functional / Technical Skills

Learning on the Fly

Organizational Agility

Problem Solving

Time Management

Experience / Education

Use of excavating and hand and powered repair tools a·nct the ability to individually handle and control a fire hose for basin cleaning.

Hand operation of large and small valves, above and below ground level.

Capable of operating Company equipment and vehicles necessary for the completion of assigned responsibilities.

Work Environment

  • Work indoors and outdoors . Will be required to work in all adverse weather conditions (i.e., rain, snow, sleet, heat).

  • Work in the presence of hazardous gases, liquids and solids.

  • Working alone in public and remote areas, in buildings and pits, traveling by truck.

  • Understand and follow Company safety procedures; wear appropriate

  • PPE at all times.

  • Adhere to Company dress code.

  • Local daily travel.

Licenses & Certifications

  • Must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle driver's license.

  • NJ DEP T-1 License (must be obtained within two years of start date and maintained through re-certifications).

  • Must obtain 40 hour Hazwopper certification within 3 months of accepting the position. Certification must be maintained annually.

  • Personnel who work at remote production facilities must obtain a CDL license with a Hazmat endorsement within 120 days of their start date

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