Assistant Drinking Water Operator/Maintenance

American Water Company Pittsburgh , PA 15201

Posted 5 months ago

Do you enjoy a job that has a direct impact on your community? Do you have a love of troubleshooting and fixing things? This might be the job for you! The Assistant Operator/Maintenance position has the responsibility to assist the Plant Operator in overseeing the process and equipment that treat water to make it safe to drink in our local communities. It also works on reactive and preventative maintenance in our facility to keep our operations running smoothly. This position will be based out of our water treatment facility just south of the City of Pittsburgh and will require you to be able to work various days/hours across all shifts including weekends, nights, and holidays on a rotating schedule.

Primary Role

Assists the operator in the safe operation 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 light 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.


  • GED/High School Diploma


  • Rotating shift position.

Licenses & Certifications

  • Valid PA Driver's license.

  • Will be required to obtain applicable Water Treatment license.


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Assistant Drinking Water Operator/Maintenance

American Water Company