Utility Person/Plant Operator (Water Utility) at Tennessee American Water

Posted in Installation - Maint - Repair 13 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Whitwell, Tennessee

Job Description:

Do you want a chance to work for one of the previous recipients for "Best Places to Work" in Tennessee?  Then look no further!  Tennessee American Water has an opportunity for someone to join our team and help out in all areas of the district including our field operations and production activities.  The days/hours on this position will vary based on business needs. 

If you have been searching for a position that would teach you various skills, the work varies each day, and you are doing something important in your community then continue to read and apply to this role.  American Water also has a competitive compensation & benefits package including medical, dental, vision, prescription drug insurance; 401k with company match; employee stock purchase plans; and so much more!

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.

Primary Role

  • Responsible for maintaining the operation of the water and/or wastewater facilities including the pumping and booster stations and tank sites and work relating to other remote facilities.

  • Lastly, inform other work area and personnel of situation which may impact company operations and the distribution of the water or wastewater system

Key Accountabilities

  • Maintain constant surveillance of pumping and purification equipment.

  • Provide laboratory support for chemical and/or microbiological testing

  • for wastewater and/or potable water and additional support for customers and employees. 

  • Operate pumping and treatment equipment. Handle chemicals. Set

  • chemical feed equipment at the proper dosage. Perform quality sampling

  • and analysis, adjusting plant flow rated to meet system demands. 

  • Operate remote facilities, backwash filters and record hourly readings.

  • Maintain plant cleanliness.

  • Perform minor plant maintenance.

  • Maintain required records. 

  • Complete and maintain all necessary local, state and federal records that are related to the water or wastewater system.

  • Assure proper reporting in accordance with regulatory requirements. 

  • Provide support within the department for routine tasks including glassware, reagent preparation, Cl2 checks, water system checks, balance and temperature checks, and sample disposal. 

  • Must be willing to be on-call & respond to emergency situations. 


  • Maintain water and/or wastewater system to include any necessary operation, monitoring, testing, analysis and reporting requirements


  • High school diploma or recognized Education Equivalency Certificate.

  • Associate or Bachelor degree is a plus.

  • Five to seven years experience. Must be familiar with company procedures regarding water and/or wastewater system processes

  • Water Treatment and/or Distribution license preferred.

Work Environment

  • Must be able to work in all types of weather conditions including but not limited to hot and cold temperatures, and other inclimate weather conditions.

Travel Requirements

  • Within the distribution system. Limited travel related to training.  Must have a valid driver's license with acceptable driving record.

  • Due to emergency response time, candidate preferred to live within 30 minutes of facility.  


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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.