Wastewater Plant Operator I

Posted Date: Apr 15, 2024

Location: Pacific Grove, CA, US, 93950

Company: American Water Works Company Inc

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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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Position Details

This position is a union position with California American Water and the starting pay rate is $38.75 per hour


This position may be eligible for annual incentive pay and contracted increases as determined by the collective bargaining agreement, and you will have the opportunity for continued salary growth.  In addition to compensation, you will receive a comprehensive benefits package including 401(k), Defined Contribution Plan, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage, plus disability, paid time off, life insurance, voluntary benefits, health and wellness programs and much more!

American Water employees also receive learning opportunities and work experiences to grow professionally.

Primary Role

  • Start-up, shut-down, routine operations, and periodic operating checks of plant equipment, to include but not be limited to pumping systems, chemical feeders, auxiliary equipment, and measuring and control systems.
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance, such as lubrication, operating adjustments, cleaning, and painting equipment.
  • Load and unload chemicals either by hand or using chemical-handling equipment, i.e. hand trucks, hoists and/or chemical transfer pumps.
  • Perform corrective maintenance on plant mechanical equipment and telemetry, i.e. chemical feed pumps, motors, and valves.
  • Maintain plant records, including operating logs, daily diaries, chemical inventories, data logs and SCADA data/trends.
  • Monitor the status of plant operating guidelines, such as flows, pressures, chemical feeds, levels, and water quality indicators.
  • Performs regular Water Quality sampling, including but not limited to bacteriological, organic, and inorganic, point of entry, and process sampling (turbidity, chlorine residuals, pH, etc.) as needed and field lab testing as required.
  • Order chemicals, parts, and tools.
  • Conduct safety inspections, follow safety rules for plant operations, and participate in safety tailgate meetings.
  • Communicate effectively with other operators and supervisors on the technical level expected for the position.
  • Make arithmetic calculations to determine chemical feed rates, flow quantities, detention and contact times, and hydraulic loadings as required for plant operations.
  • Performs other similar work as necessary to complete satisfactorily the job assigned.
  • Drives a company vehicle and operates equipment according to established safety procedures and policies.
  • Materials, Cleaning Compounds, Chemicals Used: Various cleaning compounds, materials, chemicals, and tools used in the treatment of wastewater. Solvents and everyday cleaning supplies. Treatment chemicals including but not limited to: Ferric Chloride, Sodium Hypochlorite, Sodium Hydroxide, Zinc ortho-Phosphate, and various polymers.
  • Equipment/Tools Used: All applicable equipment needed to perform the job function including, but not limited to small hand tools, calibration, and testing equipment, and any other tools necessary to perform and complete the duties of the job.

Certifications & Licenses

  • Any person hired transferred or promoted to the position of Wastewater Operator must take and pass the Wastewater Operator Grade I certification as provided by the applicable regulatory agency, within one year of employment or transfer or promotion into the position and must obtain a Wastewater Grade II certification within thirty (30) months of the employment or transfer date, subject to the requirements of the applicable regulatory agency.
  • Must have and maintain appropriate valid California Driver’s license. Must have and maintain Class B with tanker endorsement within two years of hire or reclassification date but is desired upon time of awarding the position.


  • Ability to carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Requires physical and mechanical abilities.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel highly desirable.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • One year of mechanical, utility, or manufacturing experience a must.

Work Environment

  • Physical demands include, but not limited to standing, climbing, walking, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, grasping, reaching, stooping, crouching, sitting, etc. Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move over 100 pounds.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, etc. May require working in trenches, tanks and/or elevated areas.
  • The employee frequently works in, but not limited to, extreme outside weather conditions i.e., some potential exposure to poison oak, insects, reptiles, and animals. Additionally, the position works near moving mechanical parts and in high or precarious places; and is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, vibration, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and the risk of electrical shock.
  • Position has potential exposure to hazardous chemicals and requires use of appropriate safety equipment such as self-contained breathing apparatus.


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