Maintenance Relief Person

Posted Date: Jul 9, 2024

Location: Elrama, PA, US, 15038

Company: American Water Works Company Inc

Requisition ID:  106649 


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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.


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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Work Schedule

Monday to Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This position will have overtime and call out opportunity.

Primary Role

Operates, controls, repairs and maintains, in accordance with diagrams, sketches, operating manuals, and manufacturer’s specifications, machinery, and mechanical equipment used to process and distribute water for human consumption. Using hand tools, power tools, precision measuring and testing instruments. 

Key Accountabilities

  • Be able to use and understand SAP/Map call to complete job or task assigned to them.  
  • Observes mechanical devices in operation and listens to their sounds to locate causes of trouble.  
  • Dismantles devices to gain access to and remove defective parts, using hoists, cranes, hand tools, and power tools.  
  • Examines form and texture of parts to detect imperfections. Inspects used parts to determine changes in dimensional requirements, using rules, calipers, micrometers, and other measuring instruments. Adjusts functional parts of devices and control instruments using hand tools, levels, plumb bobs, and straightedges. Repairs or replaces defective parts, using hand and power tools.  
  • Starts devices to test their performance. Lubricates and cleans parts and equipment. May set up and operate drill press, grinder, and other metal working tools to make repairs or repair parts.  
  • Acquires materials for repairs to machinery or to maintain orderly flow of materials and processes.  
  • Repairs, installs, and performs preventive testing of electrical equipment.  
  • Repairs, installs, and performs preventive testing of process control equipment.  
  • Maintains records, drawings, and reports within area of responsibility.  
  • Be able to use and understand SCADA, and other computer-based programs. 
  • Operates and maintains sludge dewatering equipment.  
  • Performs treatment operator and assistant operator duties (in a rotating schedule as assigned).  
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor and Head Maintenance personnel. 


  • Capability to operate all motorized vehicles and equipment.
  • General knowledge of equipment and tools used in maintenance work, such as welders, volt meters, pipe threaders, electric tools, laser alignment, dial indicators and any other tools and equipment used in maintenance or upkeep of facilities.
  • Experience in water treatment plant or related field preferred. 


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent. 

Certifications & Licenses

Once any individual is hired into or awarded a Maintenance Relief Person Non-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. 


  • Position may be subject to mandatory off hours call-out and overtime, plus rotating shift work as required.
  • Required to possess and maintain a drivers license valid in the state of their residence. 

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.  


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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.

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