American Water Lead Plant Operator HI in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

Primary Role

Operates and maintains wastewater treatment plant and its associated equipment to meet permit and operational requirements. Is fully qualified to perform the most complex functions and lead the work of others.

Key Accountabilities

  • Safety – demonstrate and enforce practices that are consistent with a goal of zero accidents and injuries; adhere to all safety policies and procedures; assist in operations of office with required focus on all aspects of safety. (15%)

  • Training – employee orientation, departmental operating procedures, Safety, OSHA and Quality Training; team leader/supervisory training;

  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Level I and II. (10%)

  • Perform field tests to pace chemical dosages for process controls or alter unit processes; Collects samples according to schedule; prepares chemical solutions and services automatic samplers; monitors process chemical supplies and recommends reorder. (15%)

  • Efficiently operate all equipment in facility – pumps, engines, centrifuge, generators, valves, conveyors, blowers, belt presses, processing filters, etc. (15%)

  • Ensure all operating personnel implement standard operating procedures for all associated plant process; takes corrective action when test

  • results are outside acceptable ranges, including changing process control, biological system, and feed rates of chemicals. (20%)

  • Responds to requests, inquiries, or complaints; promptly inform Area or Facility Manager of potential risk situations. Tasks performed by subordinates are periodically checked for quality and accuracy. (25%)

Knowledge / Skills

  • Extensive knowledge of the objectives, equipment, and operations of modern water and wastewater treatment plants.

  • Extensive knowledge of methods and materials of water and wastewater systems.

  • Thorough knowledge of the layout, location and equipment characteristics of water and wastewater systems and of the treatment plants.

  • Knowledge of the regulatory and legal environment of modern water and wastewater systems and water and wastewater treatment, including environmental law and contract law as applicable.

  • Must have broad knowledge of MS Office products, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.


Functional / Technical Skills

Learning on the Fly

Organizational Agility

Problem Solving

Time Management

Experience / Education

  • At least five (5) years water and/or wastewater systems and treatment.

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED).

Work Environment

May be required to work indoor or outdoor work during seasonal heat and cold or other adverse weather conditions.

  • Standing 25%; walking 75% for as many as 5 miles per shift; Required to occasionally stoop, kneel or crouch and enter confined spaces; may be required to use ladders or stairs.

  • Able to lift or move up to 50-60 pounds.

  • May be exposed to possible operations hazards including fumes and caustic chemicals, heavy machinery, high pressure, slippery surfaces, water/wastewater hazards and electrical equipment.

  • Travel to Honolulu for periodic training.

Licenses & Certifications

Grade 2 Wastewater Certification (Hawaii) and the ability to advance grades.

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