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Assistant Water Operator

Company: American Water
Location: Chesterfield
Posted on: July 1, 2024

Job Description:

Requisition ID: 106490

Share Our Purpose. Be Yourself. Feel Valued.

People are the heart of our business. As an American Water employee, you will be offered a competitive salary and health benefits package, along with opportunities to develop, grow, and evolve your career. Our benefits packages focus on key areas such as health & wellness, emotional & well-being, and savings for current & future goals.

We are Beautifully Different . We strongly believe having diversity across our company makes us more successful and helps us provide essential services to our customers. We are stronger because we embrace different ideas, viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds. American Water is the best choice for your next role! Click here for more information on our inclusion, diversity, and equity journey.

About American Water
American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing - by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people across 14 regulated jurisdictions and 18 military installations. American Water's 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company's national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.

As one of the fastest growing utilities in the U.S., American Water expects to invest $30 to $34 billion in infrastructure repairs and replacement, system resiliency and regulated acquisitions over the next 10 years. The company has a long-standing history of executing its core operations, aligned with sustainable best practices, through its commitments to safety, affordability, customer service, protecting the environment, an inclusive workforce and strengthening communities.

American Water has been recognized on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Indexfor the fifth consecutive year, ranked 18th on Barron's 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies 2023 List, earned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act designation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense - Excellence Award, among additional state, local and national recognitions.

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Primary Role

Assists the Central, Meramec, South and North Plant Senior Operators in the operation of the pumping, filtration, chemical feeding, basin facilities, and other equipment at the plants. Duties and responsibilities are identical to those of the Senior Operator except that the Assistant will take direction from the Senior Operator. It is expected that a larger portion of the Asst Operator's time will be spent in the vicinity of the basins, filters, various pumps, and chemical feeders, whereas much of the Senior Operator's time will be spent at the controls.

Work schedule: Tuesday - Saturday 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Key Accountabilities

  • Operates intake pumps, intake equipment, and low lift pumps either by remote or manual control to maintain proper water levels in basins, filters, and clearwells. Regulates the operation of basin machinery such as flocculators, clarifiers, mixers, and pumps, and operates sludge valves and other miscellaneous equipment.
  • Operates, surface washes, and backwashes filters. Selects proper filters for use.
  • Remotely and/or manually operates or directs the operation of all chemical feeders (lime slakers, liquid and/or dry coagulant feeders, chlorinators, ammonia feeders, fluoride feeders, silica feeders, carbon feeders, etc.), chemical handling equipment (bin gates, hoists, storage tank valves and controls, etc.), and pneumatic chemical handling.
  • equipment (consisting primarily of blowers, dust collectors, and diverter valves).
  • Exercises responsible judgment and safety regarding electric high voltage switching operations such as occur when transferring electric load from one bus to another. Keeps accurate station records. Observes and reports equipment operating irregularities and improperly operating equipment (temperature, vibration, noise, leakage, etc.).
  • Makes routine laboratory tests such as tests for residual chlorine, turbidity, alkalinity, pH, etc.
  • Performs maintenance card work on equipment within the buildings.
  • Keeps station and equipment clean. Assists in making tests on pumps, meters, feeders, and miscellaneous equipment. Cooperates and communicates with other Plant Operators, maintenance personnel, and supervision by telephone, radio, and written report in the best interest of customer service and company operations.
  • When required because of shift schedules, will do relief work for the Senior Operators and will receive the pay rate of the Senior Operator.
  • As able, participates in work to protect equipment operations from hazardous conditions of all kinds (freezing, flood, etc.).


    • Able to be neat, reliable, resourceful, have a retentive memory, and to think and act promptly.
    • Able to fully cooperate and work with other employees.
    • Able to work effectively under pressure, have good speech habits, legible handwriting, and basic computer skills.
    • Able to read, understand, and accurately follow station operating instructions given by supervisor. Able to discern between the relative importance of assigned duties, have the proper regard for time and equipment, and an awareness of the responsibility to safeguard the water supply.
    • Able to send and receive instructions by radio, phone, and computer.

      Certifications & Licenses

      • High School diploma or GED required.
      • Valid drivers license with the ability to pass a motor vehicle check.
      • Obtain and maintain a Water Treatment Operator certification at the level equal to or greater than the MODNR classification level of the plant within 12 months of being eligible for the certification under the rules of the MODNR.


        Champions safety

        Customer obsessed

        Cultivates innovation

        Nimble learning

        Drives Results


        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 they are an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

        Nearest Major Market: St Louis

Keywords: American Water, Chesterfield , Assistant Water Operator, Other , Chesterfield, Missouri

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