American Water Equipment Operator A in Scranton, Pennsylvania

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 www.amwater.com.

Primary Role

Responsible for various activities in support of the wastewater treatment plant operations. Performs manual labor and learns to perform semi-skilled work in the maintenance, operation, repair and construction of the treatment plant and distribution & collection systems.

Key Accountabilities

  • Ability to operate all equipment necessary to maintain the sewer collection system. Including but not limited to Vactor, Clam, Backhoe, Camera, small black top rollers and tar dispensing equipment and Dump trucks.

  • Must be able to operate air brake assisted trucks with trailer attachments.

  • Ability to read and comprehend blue prints, and elevations as it pertains to sewer installation.

  • Must be knowledgeable in the installation of sewer mains and lateral spurs as well as repair procedures for the replacement of old and substandard sewer line pipe and spurs.

  • Must be knowledgeable of sewer pipe fitting techniques to include fernco and sleeve installations, pipe preparation procedures and slip line application. Should be familiar with different pipe diameters and manufacturers ratings.

  • Must be able to install, raise or lower cast manhole lid and frame fixtures as well as knowledgeable of complete manhole installation.

  • Should be familiar with the operation of small black top rollers and tar dispensing equipment.

  • Knowledgeable of local and state traffic control set up requirements.

  • Must be aware of safety equipment requirements and be prepared to use such equipment when required.

  • Performs manual labor in installing, repairing and maintaining lines, valves, meters, pumps and taps.

Key Accountabilities cont.

  • Performs manual labor in installing, repairing and maintaining sewer lines, force mains, lift stations and manholes.

  • Provides manual labor to clean drying beds.

  • Digs holes and ditches with shovel and other hand tools.

  • Cleans and maintains tools.

  • Responsible for keeping site and grounds at plants clean and neat.

  • Performs work safely in accordance with departmental safety procedures and operates equipment safely.

  • Install main sewer lines pipe and lateral spurs as well as repair or replace old and substandard sewer line pipe and spurs.

  • Install, raise or lower cast manhole lid and frame fixtures as well as knowledgeable of complete manhole installation.

  • Must be able to dig and refill ditches as required.

Competencies

Functional / Technical Skills

Learning on the Fly

Organizational Agility

Problem Solving

Time Management

Experience / Education

  • High School graduation

  • Valid PA Drivers License

  • Applicant must possess (at a minimum) a valid class B commercial drivers license (CDL), with out restrictions. Have an excellent driving record prior to and through out employment.

  • Prior work experience in operating or working alongside backhoe, loader, forklift or related material handling equipment experience also highly desirable.

  • Must be knowledgeable of sewer pipe fitting techniques to include fernco and sleeve installations, pipe preparation procedures and slip line application. Should be familiar with different pipe diameters and manufacturers ratings.

  • Must be knowledgeable in and be capable of operating specific limited equipment used to service, replace or repair main sewer lines and lateral spurs such as, jack hammers, air compressors, generators, ditch pumps, tampers, gang saws, viber plates, concrete road saws, gas operated hand rollers and reciprocating saws as well as small hand tools such as picks, shovels, sledge hammers.

  • Obtain OSHA confined space certification

Work Environment

Work is performed primarily in a field environment; travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate with exception of usage of certain machinery.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, twist, talk and hear. The employee is required to walk; use hands and fingers to operate, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

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