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American Water Works Company, Inc.

Water Treatment Operator in Training

American Water Works Company, Inc. - Fayetteville, WV

Job Description:

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

Under the direct supervision of the Production Supervisor, Chief Operator and a licensed Treatment Plant Operator, the Operator in Training follows a defined entry level training program in water treatment to become a licensed/ certified operator. Operator in Training will perform routine daily operational tasks and maintenance of the water treatment facilities and associated equipment and perform other related duties as assigned. Will train at both the New River and Bluestone treatment plants on all shifts. Shift work is required, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime, as required. The shift work may be eight (8) up to sixteen (16) hour shifts.

Key Accountabilities

Under the guidance of a licensed Treatment Plant Operator, Operator in Training will receive on the job training to learn and gain skills on the overall treatment processes and operational duties.

Operator in Training will perform checks on the condition of the water plant at the beginning of the assigned shift by reviewing logs and notes.

Assists or performs analysis on all stages of the water treatment processes to ensure water quality.

Make adjustments necessary to maintain water quality, pressures and adequate quantities of water as directed.

Calibrates instruments and equipment.

Performs and documents routine laboratory test and analyses.

Backwash filters to ensure proper filtration by removing trapped particulates.

Observes and assists in performing preventive and emergency maintenance on equipment.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Ability to follow safety practices and recognize/report hazards.

Perform various other routine duties to include; building/grounds maintenance, janitorial and preventative maintenance.

Read and record meters, gauges and control devices

Perform basic mathematical calculations.

Record data and activities during work shifts on shift logsheets, logbooks and computers.

Operates motors, pumps, valves, generators, and specialized equipment and machinery.

Key Accountabilities (cont.)

Collects samples from designated points, performs physical and chemical tests and records results.

Operates heavy and light equipment,forklift, pallet jacks, overhead hoist and mowing equipment. Use of various hand tools.

Cleans out settling basins, hydrotreators, filters and wash water holding tanks, as needed.

Ability to take accurate readings and keep operational records. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments, contractors, vendors and the public.

Knowledge / Skills

Basic computer skills & knowledge


Functional / Technical Skills

Learning on the Fly

Organizational Agility

Problem Solving

Time Management

Experience / Education


Upon accepting the Operator in Training position, the trainee shall remain within the trainee classification until earning a Class III water treatment license or upon being disqualified (failing to pass treatment exams) from the position.

After a trainee earns their Class III water treatment license, they must accept the first qualifying open operator position within WVAW after any applicable bidding process. They may also apply to any other open positions upon successfully passing the Class III or above water treatment exam.

The trainee must enroll in the first available water treatment test and pass the exam as well as any internal progress exams administered by the company.

Years of experience vary depending upon level of position open and licenses held. Treatment Plant Operator in Training is required to obtain operator license/certificate within Company and State mandated guidelines.


This position requires a minimum of 2 years post secondary education with 4 years preferred

Work Environment

The Trainee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions. This position has the potential for exposure to water, waste water, chemicals, loud noises, toxic fumes, oils, lubricants, dust, pollen and mechanical equipment. Requires the use of appropriate safety equipment/PPE.

There is frequent standing, stooping, walking, sitting and climbing.

Must be able to lift (up to 55 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the work shift.

Trainee must have the ability and responsibility to comply with OSHA regulations and the standards for safety that have been set by the Company.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that an employee may perform on an occasional to regular basis while performing functions of this job.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter on an occasional to regular basis

Travel Requirements

Must be willing to relocate within WVAW service territory


Must hold a valid WV Driver’s License.

Must be able to satisfactorily pass the Company’s physical examination, pulmonary fuction test and drug screening test.

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American Water Works Company, Inc.


Water Treatment Operator in Training American Water Works Company, Inc. - Fayetteville, WV, United States


Location: Fayetteville, WV

Company Profile:
American Water Works Company, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides water and wastewater services in the United States and Canada. The company’s Regulated Businesses segment offers water and wastewater services to approximately 1,500 communities in 16 states. It operates approximately 80 surface water treatment plants; 500 groundwater treatment plants; 1,000 groundwater wells; 100 wastewater treatment facilities; 1,200 treated water storage facilities; 1,300 pumping stations; 87 dams; and 47,000 miles of mains and collection pipes. The company was founded in 1886 and is headquartered in Voorhees, New Jersey.