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American Water Pipe Mechanic S13584 in Gary, Indiana

/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 is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Primary Role

Perform wide variety of tasks in the operation, maintenance, and construction of structures, equipment, grounds, mains, services, hydrants, and other system facilities.

Key Accountabilities

  • Install, remove, operate, inspect and maintain taps, valves, valve boxes, mains, hydrants and services, or assist in those tasks.

  • Locate water mains, service boxes, and valve boxes, or assist in those tasks.

  • Locate leaks or assist in those tasks.

  • Install recording gauges and change charts or assist in those tasks.

  • Install corrosion protection devices on underground piping or assist in those tasks.

  • Thaw services, fire hydrants and mains, or assist in those tasks.

  • Repair all sizes and types of tapping machines or assist in those tasks.

  • Disinfect, flush, pressurize, and hydrostatically test water mains and services, check for chlorine residual, and collect samples from the distribution system, or assist in those tasks.

  • Set and remove well points, assemble headers and operate pumps of all types used in the Distribution Department, or assist in those tasks.

  • Install and remove cribbing, shoring, piling and other underground structures, or assist in those tasks.

  • Investigate leaks, water outages, and other complaints throughout the distribution system, or assist in those tasks.

  • After repairs are made make turn-ons and turn-offs at the service box for non-payments and unauthorized use, or assist in those tasks.

  • Read appropriate meters, instruments and gauges.

  • Know the location and types of mains, valves and hydrants within the distribution system to be able to efficiently perform work assignments.

  • Legibly and accurately fill out time reporting tool, street repair reports, hydrant reports, leak reports, and other required paperwork.

Key Accountabilities - Continued

  • Know the names and uses of, and operate and maintain all the tools, equipment, machines and materials used in distribution work.

  • Build concrete forms, pour and finish concrete, perform other concrete and carpentry work. Perform right of way repair work, including blacktopping paving, sodding, stone, dirt and seed or assist in those tasks.

  • Ability to administer Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS) 4 practices.

  • Participate in OSHA (i.e. trench/excavation) and other training classes

  • Drives company automobiles, trucks, used in the department, and complete any maintenance required inspection tickets.

  • Work from engineering drawings and sketches, service manuals, or other references to effectively perform duties.

  • Follow prescribed methods for loading and unloading, handling, and storing of materials and supplies.

  • Know the location of company facilities and be familiar with the service area to efficiently perform work assignments.

  • Assist other employees as directed.

  • Instruct and train other employees as directed.

  • When flexed be able to perform the following jobs; Storeroom, B&G, Utility Worker, Meter Reader/MPG.


Basic mechanical knowledge and familiar with basic hand tools is desired.


  • Use of company technology, i.e, computers, laptops, mobile devices is desired.

  • High School diploma or equivalent

  • CDL class A, DSL required to be obtained prior to bidding Crew Lead, Crew Lead Relief, Plant Technician.

Travel Requirements


Work Environment

Working inside and outside under varies types of weather temperatures and conditions. Ability to work shifts and be available to for call out. Ability to lift 50 pounds. Bending, lifting, working in tight spaces.


Champions safety

Customer obsessed

Cultivates innovation

Nimble learning

Drives Results


  • 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 he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.