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Veterans Preferred - Water Systems Operator

Company: American Water
Location: Merced
Posted on: November 16, 2021

Job Description:


Military Veterans are Encouraged to Apply. 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 is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter , Facebook and LinkedIn .

California American Water is looking for an energetic Water Systems Operator to add to our team in Merced California You will be responsible for operation and maintenance of water treatment, production, and distribution facilities of the water system.

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.

Primary Role

Under the supervision of the Operations Supervisor, responsible for operation and maintenance of water treatment, production, and distribution facilities of the water system.

Works safety and assures that water system meets compliance requirements though accurate record keeping, sampling, and required maintenance.

Key Accountabilities

  • Duties include daily operation and maintenance of water treatment and distribution facilities. The operator performs chemical adjustments and addition as required to ensure treatment meets regulated requirements. Monitors operation of the treatment plant and associated functions, maintains accurate record keeping, and takes water samples.
  • Responsible for responding to customer service orders, investigating customer leaks, repairing and locating service lines, locating main valves, maintaining fire hydrants, fire hydrant inventory and parts inventory, marking utility mark outs, obtaining bacteriological and other water quality samples, assisting with system flushing, and assisting with water main break repairs or replacement. Customer service duties include investigating customer complaints and inquiries, obtaining billing survey information, meter reading, and initiating and terminating customer water services.
  • Interacts with customers in the field when investigating customer inquiries and/or service leaks. Drives company vehicle. Provides on-call and emergency duty as needed. Maintains record keeping. Special projects and assignments as required.


    Additional Key Accountabilities

      • Repair/Replace mains
      • Repair/Replace service lines
      • Repair/Replace meters
      • Repair/Replace main valves
      • Repair/Replace fire hydrants
      • Repair/Replace curb stops
      • Adhere to safety regulations
      • System flushing

        Knowledge/Skills

        • Basic knowledge of water system construction, distribution, or plumbing background is desirable.
        • Water Treatment Operator and Distribution Operator certification is desirable.
        • Requires ability to communicate verbally and in writing with internal and external customers as well as the ability to accurately read and record meter readings and other related information and perform basic mathematical calculations.

          Experience/Education

          • This position requires a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
          • The position requires a valid California Class C Driver's license with minimal moving violations.
          • Requires ability to communicate verbally and in writing with internal and external customers as well as the ability to accurately read and record meter readings and other related information and perform basic mathematical calculations.

            Work Environment

            • Requires daily walking and/or climbing on varied terrain. May require bending, stooping, kneeling and digging with equipment.
            • Lifting up to 50 pounds unaided may be required.
            • Approximately 20 - 30% of the position is sedentary, either in the office or in a company vehicle.
            • May require the physical ability to perform labor-intensive activities such as digging, moving equipment and working long hours in emergency situations.
            • Position has potential exposure to hazardous chemicals, and requires use of appropriate safety equipment.
            • A substantial portion of the work is done outside with exposure to the elements; some potential exposure to poison oak insects, reptiles, spiders, and animals.
            • May require working in trenches, tanks and/or elevated areas.
            • Position requires the ability to work with little direct on-site supervision.
            • Team project work may be required.

              Licenses and Certifications

              • Water System Operator I requires a T1 Water Treatment Certification and D1 Distribution Certification within one year of hire.
              • Candidates with skills and experience matching the role that are not currently T1, D1 certified may be considered for the position, if agreeable to the requirement aforementioned.
              • The position requires a valid California Class C Driver's license with minimal moving violations.

                Competencies

                Champions safety
                Collaborates
                Cultivates innovation
                Customer obsessed
                Drives Results
                Nimble learning

                Join 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 he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

Keywords: American Water, Merced , Veterans Preferred - Water Systems Operator, Other , Merced, California

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