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Relief Operator / Maintenance

Contract type
Regular / Permanent


SUEZ in North America operates across all 50 states and Canada with 6,700 employees dedicated to environmental sustainability and smart and sustainable resource management. The company provides drinking water, wastewater and waste collection service to 6.4 million people on a daily basis; treats over 600 million gallons of water and over 450 million gallons of wastewater each day; delivers water treatment and advanced network solutions to 16,000 industrial and municipal sites; processes 55,000 tons of waste for recycling; and rehabilitates and maintains water assets for more than 4,000 municipal and industrial customers. The company is a subsidiary of Paris-based SUEZ.


Operates and performs maintenance at two surface water treatment plants and all other remote operating facilities. Person is required to maintain proper production and maintenance records, and perform all routine chemical tests required to ensure that water quality standards are met. The Relief Operator/Maintenance person will be assigned a schedule that primarily fills in for vacancies in the production department work schedule created by vacations, sick days, floating holidays, STD, LTD, bereavement leave, position vacancies, as well as various scheduled work.

Bargaining Unit position - Varying Shift(s) Work as necessary per department needs and Production Manager

Surface Water Treatment Plants: 2 (1-30 MGD, 1-6 MGD)
1 Aquifer Storage and Recovery Well
Multiple Booster Stations and Storage Tanks


High School Diploma or Equivalent
Valid Drivers License Required

Work Experience Needed:
1 to three years minimum in the fields of water treatment, equipment/pump maintenance, chemical maintenance or similar required.
State of Delaware Basic Water Operator License or ability to obtain through reciprocity within 6 months is required
Other State of Delaware Operators License Endorsements a plus (Categories: Disinfection, Chemical Feed, Filtration, Surface Water Operations, Other Specified Treatment, Distribution)

Special Skills/Abilities Needed:

Ability to perform water quality tests and maintain various water treatment equipment
Able to lift and carry 75 lbs.
Ability to operate all equipment used in performing water treatment tasks.
Excellent Written and oral communication
Ability to work with peers as a team player.
Perform maintenance and operational tasks of substantial variety and complexity without close technical supervision
Knowledge of mechanical, hydraulic, chemical principles.
Knowledge of applicable health and safety regulations, practices, procedures and water quality monitoring practices.
Computer and software usage as required by the position

Nature & Scope-Principal Areas of Responsibilities:

Position reports directly to the Production Manager.

Function as Plant Operator or Maintenance Technician based upon rotation of schedule setup by Production Manager, and work overtime as required and respond to emergencies outside of normal working hours.

Monitor and operate two surface water treatment plants and all other operating facilities within the distribution system utilizing the SCADA system. Assume responsibility for manual water treatment operation during SCADA system failures.

Determine scope and severity of system problems, which would require the attention of a supervisor and contact same.

Ensure that the water quality from the treatment facilities meets or exceeds the requirements of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the requirements of the State of Delaware, and Company standards.

Keep proper operational and maintenance logs and records.

Understand and/or perform standard operating procedures for filters, pump, and or other water treatment equipment.

Regularly monitor SCADA to identify trends and detect emerging problems.

Maintains good housekeeping procedures at the plant. Performs routine housekeeping chores and special housekeeping as required.

Conducts safety inspections and follows all safety rules and procedures.

Load and unloads chemicals used at the treatment plants.

Performs operations in accordance with established SOPs and job safety standards

Ensure that adequate quantities of chemical are available to meet treatment requirements and that chemicals are being fed at the proper rates.

Maintain an awareness and practice safe operating procedures in conformance with OSHA Regulations and Company safety policies.

Demonstrate commitment to public service and public health

All other duties as assigned or required
Collect samples and perform all routine chemical tests such as alkalinity; jar tests, pH, chlorine, fluoride, etc. as required to properly monitor the treatment process. Understand and interpret the results of said testing to make/suggest process adjustments to the water treatment system.

Perform emergency operating procedures for the treatment plant.
Understand the operation of the water treatment residuals system and operate as required.

Perform maintenance duties per the online computer based Work Order system via use of desktop computer or IPad.
Perform maintenance repairs of pumps, valves, piping, and chemical feed systems as appropriate.
Respond to chemical spills and address as appropriate.

Working Hours:

Based upon rotation of schedule setup by Production Manager. Shifts are typically 7am - 3pm, 3pm - 11pm, 11pm to 7am; subject to change based on holidays, vacations, or other per Production Manager.
Perform overtime work as required and respond to emergencies outside of normal working hours per department overtime standard operating procedure.

This position is a contract (bargaining unit) position. The contract sets forth the full scope of employment. The employer retains the right to deviate from the description at its discretion, without notice.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.



Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators


High School or Equivalent


1 to 3 years

Job type

Full time

Wilmington, DE 19801, US