Maintenance and Treatment Plant Operator

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Pennsylvania American Water is seeking a maintenance savvy, go-getter to join our production team in Mechanicsburg, PA! We have an immediate opening for a Maintenance and Relief Operator to help run our drinking water plant. In this role, you will be responsible for repairing service pumps, adjusting tank levels, and keeping the facility in good working order.In addition, you will performmonthly maintenance on compressors, chemical feed pumps, generators, and other equipment at the plant and remote stations. The desired candidate will have a plumbing background, paired with some electrical experience. If you are looking for a change of pace and want to get your feet wet in the water industry, this is your chance!

Primary Role

Operates, controls, repairs and maintains, in accordance with diagrams, sketches, operating manuals, and manufacturer's specifications, machinery, and mechanical equipment used to process and distribute water or for human consumption, using hand tools, power tools, and precision measuring and testing instruments

Key Accountabilities

  • Observes mechanical devices in operation and listens to their sounds to locate causes of trouble.
  • Dismantles devices to gain access to and remove defective parts, using hoists, cranes, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Examines form and texture of parts to detect imperfections. (15%)
  • Inspects used parts to determine changes in dimensional requirements, using rules, calipers, micrometers, and other measuring instruments.
  • Adjusts functional parts of devices and control instruments using hand tools, levels, plumb bobs, and straightedges.
  • Repairs or replaces defective parts, using hand and power tools.
  • Starts devices to test their performance. (27%)
  • Lubricates and cleans parts and equipment.
  • May set up and operate drill press, grinder, and other metal working tools to make repairs or repair parts.
  • Acquires materials for repairs to machinery or to maintain orderly flow of materials and processes. (7%)
  • Repairs, installs, and performs preventive testing of electrical equipment.
  • Repairs, installs, and performs preventive testing of process control equipment.
  • Maintains records, drawings, and reports within area of responsibility. (11%)
  • Performs treatment plant operator duties.
  • Operates and maintains sludge dewatering equipment. (40%)

Work Environment

  • Inside and outside work environment. Activities occur inside or outside in approximately equal amounts.
  • Wet and Humid: Contact with water or other liquids. Atmospheric conditions with moisture content sufficiently high to cause marked bodily discomfort.
  • Noise and Vibration: Sufficient noise, either constant or intermittent, to cause marked distraction or possible injury to the sense of hearing and/or sufficient vibration (production of an oscillating movement or strain on the body or its extremes from repeated motion or shock) to cause bodily harm if endured day after day.
  • Hazards: Situations in which the individual is exposed to the definite risk of bodily injury.
  • Exposure to: Odors, toxic conditions, chemical dust, dust, or poor ventilation.


  • GED/High School Diploma
  • Valid state driver's license

Work Hours

  • Monday-Friday, 7am-3:30pm EST.
  • Hours may vary if covering for an Operator (first or second shift).
  • Position is subject to 24/7/365 hour call-out and overtime.


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