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Heavy Equipment Operator - Contract Services Group at American Water Service Operations and Maintenance

Posted in Installation - Maint - Repair 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Camden, New Jersey

Job Description:

Share Our Purpose. Be Yourself. Feel Valued.

People are the heart of our business. As an American Water employee, you will be offered a competitive salary and health benefits package, along with opportunities to develop, grow, and evolve your career. Our benefits packages focus on key areas such as health & wellness, emotional & well-being, and savings for current & future goals.

We are Beautifully Different . We strongly believe having diversity across our company makes us more successful and helps us provide essential services to our customers. We are stronger because we embrace different ideas, viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds. American Water is the best choice for your next role! Click here for more information on our inclusion, diversity, and equity journey.

American Water is the best choice for your next role! 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 approximately 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 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 on American Water, visit and follow American Water on Twitter , Facebook and LinkedIn .

The City of Camden's water supply, serviced by American Water Contract Services Group, comes from groundwater that is treated at two facilities prior to delivery to the distribution system. The treatment facilities, Morris-Delair Water Treatment Plant located in Pennsauken and Parkside Water Treatment Plant located in Camden, collectively treat more than 21 million gallons per day. The two water treatment plants provide safe, clean, and reliable water to approximately 46,000 residents in the Camden community.

Primary Role

Under the direction of supervisor inspects, operates, maintains, and makes minor repairs to the heavier and more complex construction and maintenance equipment such as backhoes, dump trucks, and specialized sewer (sanitary and stormwater) cleaning vehicles in a safe and effective manner in order to minimize the risk of injury, property damage or loss of life following company, local, state and federal regulations, policies and procedures.

Key Accountabilities

  • Operates trucks and construction or power equipment, such as mechanized broom, backhoe, man-lift, dump truck, snowplow, front-end loader, hydraulic excavators, skid steers, jetter/inductor trucks, and vacuum trucks.

  • Operates portable sewer maintenance equipment, such as trailer/skid mounted sewer rodders and jetters.

  • Performs daily safety and maintenance checks on said heavy equipment.

  • Maintain a variety of records related to equipment inspections, maintenance activity, etc., necessary for regulatory compliance.

  • Cleans and services said heavy equipment as scheduled per the respective heavy equipment manufacturer's Operation and Maintenance Manuals.

  • Advise supervision of any requirement for non-routine maintenance or major repairs.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Follows Company Environmental, Health and Safety Policies, and reports unsafe conditions to supervision immediately.


  • Able to operate motorized heavy equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

  • Able to perform routine maintenance and servicing of the heavy equipment, including cleaning, greasing, making minor adjustments and minor repairs per the respective heavy equipment manufacturer's Operation and Maintenance Manuals.

  • Able to prepare and maintain accurate paperwork such as records, logs, orders, surveys and routine reports as directed.

  • Able to communicate effectively will all levels of the organization.

  • Able to perform accurate mathematical calculations related to this position.

  • Able to plan, schedule, prioritize, and coordinate work within assigned work area.

  • Ability to respond to emergencies.

  • Able to use of motorized vehicles and equipment such as fork lifts, heavy trucks, tamper, portable generators, portable pumps, ditch witch, etc. as required.

  • Able to use of power tools such as saws, compressors, sanders, grinders, etc. as required.

  • Able to use of common hand tools.

  • Able to establish effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, customers and the general public.

  • Able to work in a team environment.

  • Knowledge of techniques, equipment, facilities, materials, methods, and procedures used in operations, maintenance, construction, and mechanical repair of water/wastewater facilities and appurtenances.

  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations.


  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED.

  • 2 - 5 years of experience in the operation and maintenance of heavy construction and maintenance equipment; experience in water industry or 3 - 5 years' experience in similar industry preferred.

Certifications & Licenses

  • Must possess a valid state (of residence) driver's license.

  • Must possess a valid CDL license and ability to pass DOT Physical.

  • Possessing a NJDEP C1 or W1 Operator Certification is preferred.

Travel Requirements

  • Local travel to various worksites only

Work Environment

  • Must be physically able to work indoor or outdoor work during seasonal heat and cold or other adverse weather conditions.

  • Must be physically able to complete necessary tasks while wearing approved personal protective equipment, as some required work may have potential for exposure to harmful contaminants, environments, noise, etc.

  • Must be physically able of lifting and/or carrying 80 lbs. or more on a frequent basis.

  • Must be physically able of walking up and down stairs and long distances.

  • Must be physically able of carrying, climbing, and working from ladders.

  • Must be physically able to work in confined space environments.

  • Must be physically able to wear a respirator or SCBA as required.

  • Must be physically able to remain alert and attentive to job requirements and co-workers.

Specific Conditions

  • May be required to work weekend, holiday and overtime.

  • Maintain a neat, clean, professional appearance at all times while in uniform or during working hours.

  • Maintain a courteous manner when speaking to customers and the general public.

  • May be required to work Call-Outs.


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

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