Assistant Operator/Maintenance (Rotating)

Posted Date: Jul 8, 2024

Location: Elrama, PA, US, 15038

Company: American Water Works Company Inc

Requisition ID:  106650 


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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.


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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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Work Schedule

8 hour rotating shift schedule. Could work first, second, or third shift, 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. to 10;00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. to 6: 00 a.m. Will work on weekends and holidays. 

Primary Role

Assists the operator in the safe operation and maintenance of the water treatment plant.

Key Accountabilities

  • Assists the operator in making all necessary water treatment control tests and calculations to control water treatment and pumpage to provide potable water necessary to meet system demands.
  • Replaces the operator during vacations, sickness, or other absences.
  • Unloads and handles chemicals, sets manual chemical adjustments, and performs maintenance and required cleaning. Reads and interprets all charts, gauges, graphs and other devices (SCADA) normally used in operating a water treatment facility.
  • Maintains, repairs and installs mechanical and electrical equipment such as pumps, motors, switchgear, storage tanks, compressors, intake screens, chemical feed equipment and other maintenance work.
  • Works with maintenance personnel in the repair and installation of equipment as required.
  • Makes inspection trips to the pumping and treatment facilities and reports on plant conditions; makes corrections as required by conditions.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Knowledge of the operation of all motors, pumps, switchgear, screens, chemical feed equipment and other equipment as necessary to meet the changing demand of the distribution system and related water treatment plant facilities.
  • Excellent math, basic hydraulics, and technical skills.
  • Able to distinguish colors.
  • Background in maintenance, repair, and installation of mechanical, electrical and related equipment.
  • Experience in water treatment plant or related field preferred.


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent. Continuing education as needed for Operator certification renewal.

Certifications & Licenses

Once any individual is hired into or awarded an Assistant Operator/Maintenance Rotating position, they must take and pass the appropriate state certification examination for Class A Water License within 24 months, and apply for certification within 6 months of achieving the minimum experience requirement for certification, if they had not already met the minimum experience requirement upon passing the certification test.

Work Environment

Environmental conditions including contact with water, chemicals, fumes, odors and dust as a result of working with and handling potentially hazardous water treatment and laboratory chemicals. Minimum exposure to inclement weather mostly of short duration. 


Position may be subject to mandatory off hours call-out and overtime. Required to possess and maintain a drivers license valid in the state of their residence.


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Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh