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Career Opportunities: Plant Operator U500 (103091)

Company: American Water Company
Location: Champaign
Posted on: September 22, 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 more than 14 million people in 24 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, Instagram 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.

Primary Role

Performs activities for the safe operation of water treatment plants of the IAW Champaign Division including operating pumping and treatment equipment, handling chemicals, setting chemical feed equipment at the proper dosage rates, performing water quality sampling and analysis, adjusting plant flow rates to meet system demands, operating remote facilities, backwashing of filters, recording hourly readings, maintaining plant cleanliness, performing minor plant maintenance, and performing other duties as assigned by management. Follows all work and safety rules established by the company.

Key Accountabilities

* Operates all pumping and treatment equipment such as high service pumps, chemical feeders, slakers, basin equipment, filters, standby generators, etc.
* Receives and handles all water treatment chemicals and operates all chemical feeders (lime, carbon dioxide, chlorine, fluoride, etc.)
* Performs water quality sample collection and all required chemical analysis. Determines and maintains proper rates of flow according to customer demands.
* Operates remote storage and pumping facilities. Operates and regulates sludge valves and pumps for controlled sludge removal. Operates well pumps and maintains proper basin levels. Operates and properly backwashes filters.
* Reads meters and keeps accurate treatment plant records, utilizing programmable logical controllers and personal computers.
* Performs minor plant maintenance. Sends and receives instructions by email and telephone. Performs housekeeping duties.


* Strong work ethic, time management, and organizational and team membership skills.


* High School diploma or equivalent
* Mechanical background; shift work; work independently; chemical handling; water or wastewater utility experience; laboratory experience

Travel Requirements

* Some travel Champaign District service area

Work Environment

* Subject to weather, variable temperatures, exposure to noise, dust, gas, and fumes.
* Will occasionally work at heights and around moving machinery.


* Must be available for after-hours and other emergencies.
* Illinois Class A preferred or ability to obtain / Valid drivers license


Champions safety


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 they are an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

Keywords: American Water Company, Champaign , Career Opportunities: Plant Operator U500 (103091), Professions , Champaign, Illinois

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