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Water Technician

Detroit, MI, USA Req #49
Thursday, March 12, 2020

One Water, One Team

When you work at Great Lakes Water Authority, you help make a difference in the environment and in your local community.


“One water, one team” is more than just a phrase, it’s a way of doing business. Here, you don’t work for GLWA, you work with GLWA. We are racing toward a shared goal to become the region’s most-trusted, high-quality water and wastewater resource.

We are looking for Water Technicians to perform duties in our Plant operations including chemical analysis and treatment, process operation and maintenance of plant equipment.  

Are you mechanically inclined, detail oriented and a conscientious self-starter? If so, a Water Technicians position within our large dynamic facilities can offer you an entry-level position to gain on the job training and work experience necessary for higher certification in the water industry. You will perform responsive and routine maintenance on equipment to ensure safe and efficient operations, supporting other disciplines as necessary. Our Water Technicians perform various functions working on water supply and treatment, water networks and leakage, as well as sewerage and wastewater.

Responsibilities (not all-inclusive)

  • You will operate basic water treatment plant equipment and processes to continually monitor plant-wide operations.
  • You will learn to take equipment and process readings at various locations throughout the plant and collect and perform tests on water samples.
  • You will load and unload chemicals, polymers, and other materials manually as well as with the use of motorized equipment and perform preventative maintenance on equipment and maintain and prepare various records reports.
  • Your responsibility will include regularly inspect the working condition and maintain the cleanliness of equipment and surrounding areas; clean light fixtures, replace lamps and bulbs; assist with clearing snow in emergency situations.
  • Because of the nature of our business you will perform the work during shifts which may include all day, afternoon, night, weekend and holiday assignments. You will need the ability to work irregular hours, to commute to GLWA facilities and work sites.

Required Education & Experience

  • Associate degree in science, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field
  • Minimum of one (1) year of general laboring, treatment plant operations, mechanical maintenance and repair, facilities maintenance or electrical repair work or equivalent training in a related field
  • Valid Michigan driver's license

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Are you a strong communicator? Strong Communications skills are needed to communicate problems to team leader or members, as well as conduct plant tours and deliver other presentations as needed.
  • Methods, tools and materials used in buildings and grounds maintenance and repair work and the diagnosis, repair and maintenance of plant equipment; monitor automated control systems, query and generate work orders
  • Occupational hazards and safety precautions of facility maintenance and repair
  • Equipment, operations, practices and safety precautions meaningful to the treatment and disposal of water
  • The ability to maintain various databases and automated records and take accurate measurements and keep clear and organized records
  • Use and care of a variety of hand, power, pneumatic and motorized tools to perform facility and equipment maintenance and repair work
  • Effectively monitor and coordinate water plant operational activities
  • Have you demonstrated the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in order to direct team activities or to work as a team member?
  • Communicate frequently with the team members and other units across the Department about process, equipment or potential problems

Physical Requirements:

Are you looking for a job that will get you outside the cubicle? The physical demands of this role must be met by a Water Technician to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Environmental Working Requirements

 If you have a love for the outdoors and enjoy exposure to outside elements and seasonal weather, a Water Technician role may be right for you. You will perform your work at our water treatment facilities.

As a Water Technician you will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) because you may be working near open water, systems with hazardous chemicals that are acidic, highly corrosive, and heat producing and potentially explosive. Also, the noise level in this work environment is usually loud and may require you to be in confined spaces, hazardous areas that require respiratory protection and PPE, and under slippery and wet conditions.

We are all strategic partners on the path to becoming a Utility of the Future, and GLWA prioritizes the selection of highly talented, well-qualified individuals to help us get there.

We are dedicated to expertly delivering the nation’s best water and wastewater services to southeast Michigan. We offer competitive pay and the starting wage or salary, if hired, is variable. Factors such as your proven hard and soft skills, your level of education, history in the sector or industry, and meaningful work experience will all be evaluated.

We also offer an opportunity for advancement, on the job training, ongoing professional development, tuition assistance and a career in a sector that safeguards public health, supports and strengthen communities, and protects the environment.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Other details

  • Job Family Water Technician
  • Job Function Operations
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Job Start Date Friday, May 1, 2020
  • Detroit, MI, USA