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Laborer/Relief Plant Operator

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 (NYSE:AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company.  The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater  services to an estimated 14 million people in 25 states.  American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing.  For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Tennesee American Water is seeking a water utility professional to join our team in Chattanooga, TN! Our plant has the ability to produce up to 65 million gallons of safe, healthy and reliable drinking water every day and we need YOU to help provide that to the homes and businesses in the communities in which we serve. As laborer and relief plant operator, you will be responsible for carrying out a variety of tasks including daily ground maintenance, desluding basins, cleaning booster stations, and operating the drinking water plant when needed. If you have the skills and experience of a traditional treatment plant operator, but want more variety in your work day- this may be the role for you!

PLEASE NOTE:  In order for American Water to evaluate decisions about new regulations, reintegration, and safe operating practices, all employees are required to report their vaccination status.

Primary Role

Performs work assigned as a laborer. Works shifts covering for process technicians that may include nights or weekends.

Key Accountabilities

  • Work as a process technician that may include nights or weekend shifts. (Occasional)
  • Use weed eater, chainsaw, mower, forklift, and tractor (with various attachments) at various locations. (Frequent)
  • Move hoses to basins and filtration units for de-sludging activities. Includes manual operations of fire hoses and hydrants. (Frequent)
  • Perform janitorial tasks where directed.
  • Use a mop, broom, shovel, and various hand tools as directed. (Frequent)
  • Paint walls, floors, piping/fixtures, pumps, and motors using a manual roller, brush, or electric sprayer. (Frequent)
  • Drive Company vehicles (including but not limited to cars, trucks, and vans) as required, including pulling and backing trailers. (Frequent)
  • Performs other duties as assigned. (Frequent)
  • Collecting and analyzing water samples (chlorine, pH, turbidity, etc.) (Frequent)


  • Know the general practices of water treatment and distribution.
  • Remain calm during emergency situations.
  • Lifting/carrying items weighing over 50 lbs up and down steps or grades, including use of various hand tools and filter aide.
  • Walk at heights and on narrow passageways.
  • Work in confined areas/spaces.
  • Work outdoors in all kinds of weather.
  • Follow all established safety guidelines and procedures.
  • Possess effective computer skills and understand data shown on a computer screen.
  • General principles of water treatment and water distribution.
  • Advanced arithmetic and geometry.
  • Operating computer and SCADA systems and able to interpret data.


  • High School graduate or state-recognized Educational Equivalency Certificate.
  • Specific vocational preparation includes an occupationally-significant combination of vocational education, apprentice training, in-plant training, on-the-job training, or essential experience.
  • Water and/or wastewater utility experience is preferred

Work Environment

  • All work is outside work in all types of weather and involving contact with water or other liquids.
  • Atmospheric condition with moisture content sufficiently high to cause marked bodily discomfort.
  • Exposure to ambient temperature extremes both hot and cold. Works near gasoline, oil, sewer, or substances in the soil.
  • Potential exposure to poison ivy, oak, sumac, insects, etc.
  • Frequently works around or with equipment that produces high decibel noise levels.

Certifications and Licenses

  • Grade III TN Water Treatment license is required; Grade IV TN Water Treatment is preferred


  • Full-time
  • Monday-Friday, 7am-3:30pm
  • Shift/schedule subject to change when serving as the plant operator


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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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