Waste Water Operator-OIT or higher (Fillmore)

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 www.amwater.com.



Role Summary: Independently and in a team setting operates, maintains, repairs and inspects wastewater treatment plant.  Includes the collection of water samples per state regulations, performing process control laboratory testing, recording data and preparing regulatory reports, adjusting chemical feed rates, and other similar duties following company, local, state and federal regulations, policies and procedures to ensure environmental compliance.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Conduct regular inspections of the facilities and perform operations and maintenance as needed or dictated by O & M Manuals, and regulatory guidelines. Utilize SCADA system to monitor and operate facility.
  • 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; gather and test water samples for plant efficiency.
  • Calibrate, modify, or repair instrumentation and control equipment including recorders, flow meter, turbidity meters and other water quality monitoring equipment.
  • Assist in the physical clean out of tanks and vessels, load and unload chemical deliveries for the facility and be able to work in inclement weather as needed to maintain facility.
  • Maintain a variety of records including but not limited to log books and lab sheets related to inspections, maintenance activity, water supply, consumption, etc.  when assigned, for working with regulatory agencies during inspections and audits.
  • Obtain and maintain licenses required to effectively operate the facility as dictated by federal, state and local regulation.



  • Intermediate knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods, and procedures used in operations, and maintenance of the water facility. Basic understanding of chemistry and chemical tests.
  • 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 establish effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, customers and the general public.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.



  • H.S. diploma or G.E.D.
  • 1 – 3 years experience in wastewater operations and maintenance.  College degree or relevant advanced training (Associate’s Degree or Technical School) may substitute for up to 2 years experience.  Prior experience regularly directing the work of other operators, a plus.


Licenses & Certifications:

  • Valid State Drivers License; CDL a plus.
  • OIT required at minimum; Grade I or II preferred.


Work Environment:

  • Ability to lift, carry, push and pull equipment up to 75 lbs.
  • Ability to work in crouching, climbing, and bending positions.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects, walk and stand for extended periods of time, and perform strenuous physical labor under adverse field conditions.
  • Ability to work independently to complete daily activities.
  • 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.
  • Able to climb ladders.





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