Sewer Operator-Mechanic I

Posted Date: Jul 6, 2024

Location: Salem, NJ, US, 08079

Company: American Water Works Company Inc

Requisition ID:  106339 


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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

The Sewer Operator-Mechanic I may be assigned to perform any responsibility at Company owned wastewater systems including sewer treatment facilities, sewer pumping facilities, and collection systems based on experience, knowledge, qualifications, and training. 


Work schedule - Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM during probation; schedule could change to alternate shift after probation

Key Accountabilities

Sewer Operator-Mechanic I responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 


  • Operates, repairs, and performs preventative and corrective maintenance of wastewater collection systems and treatment facilities and related appurtenances including, but not limited to, chemical feeders, pumps, filtration and purification units, and standby generation and residual processing equipment to ensure the safe, reliable wastewater treatment and production of the highest effluent water quality. 
  • Perform and/or assist the replacement of, repairs to, and the preventative maintenance of equipment and facilities, such as, calibration and modification to, and the maintenance of, equipment and facilities, such as but not limited to centrifugal and positive displacement machinery, transducers, recorders, data collection devices, diesel engines, generators, chemical feed and storage equipment, analytical measuring devices, electrical distribution and equipment, piping systems, process control equipment, residual process equipment, telemetry equipment, buildings and grounds, sewer mains, sewer openings, sewer laterals, and sewer cleanouts. 
  • Reviews, monitors, and adjusts hydraulic, biological, and chemical processes to achieve and maintain established wastewater effluent quality standards and system requirements. 
  • Investigate and diagnose hydraulic variations that may adversely impact system operations and customer service and initiate corrective action. 
  • Prioritizes and coordinates tasks and/or activities required for the efficient and reliable operation of wastewater treatment and collection facilities and related appurtenances. 
  • Locate Company facilities, and in accordance with the Underground Facility Program, mark-out Company facilities and initiate requests to mark-out of other utilities’ facilities. 
  • Receive, deliver, and handle chemicals and materials in accord with established Company, State and/or Federal safety standards and/or practices. 
  • Maintain the appearance of water and wastewater water treatment facilities and grounds in accord with Company standards. 
  • Prepare and maintain accurate facility and system data, records, and reports. Utilize company systems, software, programs, and devices as necessary to perform assigned duties. 
  • Conduct process and regulatory sampling, as directed, in accordance with company procedures and regulatory standards. Perform wastewater treatment tests and evaluate samples, as directed, to ensure process water quality is within established parameters and, if necessary, adjust treatment processes to ensure the integrity of the effluent water quality. 
  • Respond to inquiries accurately and professionally, and, when necessary, involve the appropriate individual(s) to resolve customer and Company-related issues and to achieve the highest level of customer service in all areas of assigned responsibilities. 
  • Report conditions in the field that may adversely impact customer service or public safety, as well as conditions that may result in potential damage to Company facilities. 
  • Comply with all training initiatives and directives.  
  • Actively monitor, review, acknowledge and respond to (as applicable) all company communications delivered via methods including, but not limited to, company intranet, emails, phone calls, text messages, Microsoft Teams messages, and/or handwritten or printed notes, memos, or reports.  


  • Working knowledge of all aspects of wastewater operations including treatment, hydraulic, chemical, and electrical equipment and processes in addition to a thorough understanding of the collection system network including, but not limited to, gradients, capacities, interconnections, mapping, service territory and facility locations to ensure the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of the wastewater system and related appurtenances. 
  • Must be capable of interpreting diagrams, blueprints, schematics, and maps and possess a working knowledge of sewer dynamics, pumping stations, cross connection control and backflow preventors. Ability to read and follow equipment O&M manuals and standard operating procedures.  
  • The individual must possess a working knowledge of Company policies, procedures, and safety practices as well as State and Federal rules and regulations applicable to their area of responsibility including OSHA competent person. 
  • Must be capable of operating equipment and vehicles necessary for the completion of assignments and must possess (or obtain within 180 calendar days of starting in the position) and maintain a CDL Class B driver’s license with airbrake and tanker endorsements valid in the State of NJ.   
  • The individual will also be required to pass an initial and annual OSHA medical examination including respirator certification and must be able to perform the essential functions and meet the physical requirements for Sewer Operator-Mechanic. 

Entrance/Progression/Qualification Requirements

The individual will be required to meet the entrance, progression, and qualification requirements as developed by the Company.  These include: 


  • Possess a valid motor vehicle driver’s license. 
  • Obtain a CDL Class B license with tanker and air brake endorsements, valid in the State of NJ, within 180 calendar days of starting in the position. 
  • Successfully pass entrance, progression, and qualification examinations. 
  • Successfully complete prescribed NJAW position specific training programs. 
  • Pass annual OSHA medical evaluation including respirator certification. 
  • Possess NJDEP S1 License or obtain the license within 3 years.



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