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Water Treatment Production Operator

Company: American Water
Location: Pacific Grove
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Job Description:

Diversity of backgrounds, ideas, thoughts, and experiences is vital to our culture and the way we do business. Creating an environment where differences are embraced and where every person feels engaged and included makes us safer, stronger, and more successful.With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE:AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 25 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.PLEASE NOTE: In order for American Water to evaluate decisions about new regulations, reintegration, and safe operating practices, all employees are required to report their vaccination status.Shift InformationShift will be 7:00-3:30 pm on scheduled days(to potentially include weekends), on-call as scheduled, and overtime if needed.Primary RoleUnder the supervision of the Operations Supervisor, is responsible for the production and treatment of drinking water to customers.Key Accountabilities

  • Ensures facility start-up and shut-down and continuous monitoring of water quality and treatment systems, including but not limited to: wells, pumps, motors, analyzers/ instrumentation, filters, chemical feed systems, auxiliary equipment such as generators, measuring and control systems.
  • Checks reservoir levels and release rates and makes adjustment as needed.
  • Checks and maintains the fish trap at Los Padres reservoir.
  • Inspects and maintains all grounds around pumping plants, tanks, reservoirs, and water treatment plants.
  • Performs corrective maintenance and basic troubleshooting of pumping and treatment systems.
  • Maintains and repairs regulating stations valves and pilot controls. Performs routine preventive maintenance, such as lubrication, operating adjustments, cleaning, and painting equipment at various water facility locations, including but not limited to: wells, pumping plants, tank sites, regulating stations, and water treatment facilities.
  • Monitor the status of plant operating guidelines, such as flows, pressures, chemical feeds, levels and water quality indicators.
  • Load and unload chemicals either by hand or using chemical-handling equipment, i.e. hand trucks, hoists and/or chemical transfer pumps.
  • Maintains recordkeeping, including operating logs, daily diaries, chemical inventories, data logs, reports, and SCADA data/trends.Knowledge/SkillsAbility to carry out oral and written instructions.
    • Ability to read and interpret data, information and documents.
    • Ability to analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret situations; and use math and mathematical reasoning.
    • Ability to demonstrate effective communication skills, and meet with the public as needed.
    • Ability to perform basic computer skills. One to two years of basic mechanical experience required. Requires physical and mechanical abilities.
    • Knowledge to operate standard small hand tools.
    • Knowledge to operate equipment, including but not limited to: lifting winch, air compressor, grinder, power saw, chain saw, calibration, electronic recording equipment, chlorine testing equipment, and any other special tools necessary to complete duties assigned.Experience/Education
      • High school diploma or equivalent.
      • Related production and water treatment experience is required.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, vibrations, 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.Certifications and Licenses
          • Must have and maintain certification as Water Distribution Operator Grade 1 and Water Treatment Operator Grade 1, by the State of California Water Resources Control Board, within one year of hire or reclassification date. Must obtain a Water Treatment Operator Grade 2 certification within two years of hire or reclassification date.
          • Must have and maintain appropriate valid California Driver's License.CompetenciesChampions safetyCollaboratesCultivates innovationCustomer obsessedDrives ResultsNimble learningJoin 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.

Keywords: American Water, Salinas , Water Treatment Production Operator, Professions , Pacific Grove, California

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