Water Plant Operator Job in Missouri

Water Plant Operator Job in Missouri


Job title: Water Plant Operator

Company: American Water

Expected salary:

Location: Joplin, MO

Water Plant Operator Job Details:

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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.

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About American Water

American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing® by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people across 14 regulated jurisdictions and 18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company’s national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.

As one of the fastest growing utilities in the U.S., American Water expects to invest $30 to $34 billion in infrastructure repairs and replacement, system resiliency and regulated acquisitions over the next 10 years. The company has a long-standing history of executing its core operations, aligned with sustainable best practices, through its commitments to safety, affordability, customer service, protecting the environment, an inclusive workforce and strengthening communities.

American Water has been recognized on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Indexfor the fifth consecutive year, ranked 18th on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies 2023 List, earned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act designation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® Excellence Award, among additional state, local and national recognitions.

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Primary Role

Operates pumping and purification plants and performs maintenance and relief duties on a day, evening, midnight, or swing shift.

Key Accountabilities

  • Operates high service pumps.
  • Maintains daily pump station logs.
  • Performs routine maintenance of water treatment, pumping and power production facilities.
  • Maintains proper amounts of water pumped to distribution system.
  • Operates and cleans filters.
  • Maintains daily station logs and purification records.
  • Handles and applies water treatment chemicals.
  • Maintains water treatment, chemical feed and pumping equipment.
  • Performs routine maintenance of all water treatment equipment and controls.
  • Movement of chemical containers, chemical handling and offloading.
  • Cleaning. Computer use and proficiency. Collecting Samples, Analyzing samples, Laboratory work.
  • Light maintenance of treatment plant equipment.


  • Knowledge of water treatment plant operations surface and ground water.
  • (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment, OSHA regulations familiarity. Hand tools, Power tools
  • Water treatment equipment, chemical delivery, pumps, motors, lab equipment.


  • GED / High School Diploma required
  • Experience in Drinking Water, Waste Water, Environmental, Water Quality, Laboratory.
  • Drivers license required and ability to pass background check.

Work Environment

  • Indoors office, Laboratory, Chemical, Outdoors all weather conditions.
  • Minimal travel, occasional short overnight stays.
  • A shift differential will be added for those working any shift other than first or day shift.
  • Must be clean shaven for respiratory mask.

Travel Requirements

  • Minimal travel, occasional short overnight stays.


  • Class “A” drinking water treatment certificate issued by MO DNR preferred.
  • Class “B” or Class “C” will be considered provided the candidate can within 6 months of meeting MO DNR qualification requirements (as set forth in 10CSR 60 – 14) pass the required testing and obtain the next higher level of drinking water treatment certification until the employee obtains a class “A” drinking water treatment certification. Incentive pay will be paid for a Class “A” drinking treatment certificate issued by the MO DNR.
  • Reciprocity if from other state will be accepted provided full approval from MO DNR.


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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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