Maintenance and Relief Plant Operator

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Help us keep life flowing for our 8,600 customers in Tobyhanna, PA! Pennsylvania American Water is seeking a Maintenance and Relief Operator with a "can-do" attitude to join our team. In this role, you will help to run the water system, maintain equipment, and sustain compliance standards at the plant. As a Maintenance and Relief Operator, you can expect to collect water samples, perform testing, and handle preventative and diagnoistic maintenance around the facility. If you are willing to learn the water industry , have a mechanical background , and are a team player - we want to hear from you!

Primary Role

As a Maintenance and Relief Operator, you will maintain, install, and repairplant equipment and operates plant associated facilities.

Key Accountabilities

  • Troubleshoots, installs, operates, maintains, inspects, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance duties on the equipment at the water purification plants including, but not limited to, pumps, blowers, motors, chemical feed equipment, screens, mixers, filters, flow meters, gauges, valves, washwater processing equipment and related instrumentation and control equipment.
  • Calibrates and adjusts chemical feed and process equipment including instrumentation and control systems.
  • Monitors the water purification plants and makes adjustments as necessary to control their operations.
  • Performs sampling, testing, and laboratory analysis to monitor process and determine compliance with Federal, State, and PAW's standards.
  • Performs necessary emergency operating procedures and takes proper corrective action for continuous effective operation of the water purification plants.
  • Maintains all necessary records, tools, and work equipment.
  • Performs maintenance and custodial duties at the water purification plants.
  • Performs light construction projects as needed including carpentry, plumbing, painting, electrical, masonry, etc.
  • Specifies and initiates orders for parts and supplies.
  • Assumes duties of Plant Operator in the absence of the Operator.
  • Performs delivery, loading, unloading, and placing of water treatment chemicals into storage, including chemical receiving and inventory.
  • Maintains grounds, buildings, roadways, screens, reservoirs, and rightof- ways.


  • Mechanical ability sufficient to understand the operation of pumps, valves, motors, and other mechanical equipment related to plant operation and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of basic scientific and water purification concepts


  • Prior experience maintaining equipment in an industrial setting is preferred.
  • Prior water treatment experience is desirable.
  • High School graduate or state-recognized equivalency certificate.
  • Technical college course work and/or degree in electrical, electronics, or applicable engineering curriculum is desirable.
  • Successful completion of the following correspondence course: " Volume 1 - WaterTreatment Plant Operation" offered by the University of California at Sacramento.
  • The successful candidate will be required to obtain a DEP Class E license within a specified period of time upon hire.

Work Environment

  • Works under adverse environmental conditions including contact with water, chemicals, fumes, odors and dust as a result of working with and handling potentially hazardous treatment and laboratory chemicals.
  • Exposure to inclement weather mostly of short duration.

Work Schedue/Hours

  • Tenative schedule for this position is Wednesday-Sunday, 8am-4:30pm EST
  • Position is subject to 24 hour call-out and overtime.


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