Water Plant Operator Trainee

Requisition ID:  22413

Iowa City, US, 52242

Job Title:

Water Plant Operator Trainee


Iowa City, IA


What You Can Expect

As a Water Plant Operator Trainee at The University of Iowa campus, you will learn to operate all plant machinery and treatment processes necessary to safely produce drinking water for our customers across the campus.


Each day begins with a meeting or handoff between shifts to discuss current plant conditions and tasks to be completed. You and your supervising licensed Grade IV  Water  Plant Operator will start with rounds, conducting required tests across the plant, checking pH and chlorine levels, and monitoring water flows. You'll also conduct walkthroughs, backwash filters, inspect chemical pumps, ensure completion of shift-specific tasks, interpret test results, make chemical adjustments, and handle industrial hygiene or housekeeping duties such as cleaning the lime slaker. Additionally, you'll adjust machinery and chemicals to match flow changes, monitor alarms and equipment status changes, perform minor repairs when necessary, and notify management or maintenance as needed. Ensuring that logs are up-to-date and communicating any changes in operating status to the oncoming shift are also key responsibilities.


The ultimate goal of the trainee role is to prepare employees and help them gain experience to become Level II Water Treatment Operators, which requires two years of experience or a combination of experience and higher education.


The facility operates 24/7, and shifts rotate regularly (every 2 months). You must be available to work holidays, weekends, and nights as required.


What You’ll Bring

  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Candidate must have experience or be willing to learn basic applied chemistry and mathematics for calculating flows, and for safely measuring and applying treatment chemicals
  • Trainees must obtain a valid Grade II Water Treatment Plant Operator license within 2 years of employment
  • Advanced levels of education will reduce the required experience necessary for licensure eligibility according to Iowa Department of Natural Resources regulations


Additional Details

  • Must be willing and able to comply with all ENGIE ethics and safety policies
  • Must possess a valid U.S. Driver’s License and a clean driving record as this position requires the use of company vehicles
  • Daily attendance at the worksite is required
  • The position consists of 95% indoor work and 5% outdoor work, with outdoor work potentially exposing employees to weather conditions
  • Could involve lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Requires the ability to be fit tested for respirators



Salary Range:  $20.34 – $29.80 USD/ hourly


This represents the average expected pay range for a qualified candidate.

Actual offered salary may depend on geography, experience, industry knowledge, education, internal pay alignment, or other bona fide factors.


ENGIE complies with all federal, state, and local minimum wage laws. Actual salary offered may vary depending on geography, experience, education, internal pay alignment, or other bona fide factors. 


In addition to base pay, this position is eligible for a competitive bonus / incentive plan.


Your Talent Acquisition Partner can share more specific information regarding the benefits or the salary for the position based on the work location


At ENGIE, we take your well-being seriously. Our comprehensive benefits package includes options for medical, dental, vision, life insurance, employer-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance, ESPP, generous paid time off including wellness days, holidays and leave programs. We also help you plan for retirement by offering a 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with a company match.  But that's not all – we're dedicated to the health and happiness of your entire family, offering supplemental benefits for full time employees that enhance emotional and physical well-being through all stages of life from family forming to caregiver benefits. Explore our benefits package to see how we can support you. Learn more.



ENGIE North America isn’t just participating in the Zero-Carbon Transition, we’re leading it!  Join us as we develop energy that is renewable, efficient, and accessible to everyone.  


In 2020 The University of Iowa (UI) entered a 50-year, trailblazing partnership with the University of Iowa Energy Collaborative (UIEC), a joint venture between ENGIE, Meridiam, and Hannon Armstrong, to operate, maintain and enhance the university’s Utility System.  As the founding member of this joint venture, ENGIE designs, builds, operates, and maintains the energy infrastructure delivering safe, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable energy solutions in producing and distributing steam, electricity, chilled water, and domestic water to the main campus in Iowa City, Iowa and a nearby satellite campus. 


At ENGIE, our goal is to support, promote, and thrive on diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We do so for the benefit of our employees, customers, products and services, and community.  ENGIE is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and we are firmly committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all employees.


We are committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.


If you need assistance with this application or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at ENGIENA-ENGIEHR@engie.com. This email address is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry regarding positions or application status.


We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa for this role at any time.


The safety of our employees is our number one priority. All employees at ENGIE have both a duty and the authority to STOP WORK if unsafe acts are observed.

Business Unit:  GBU Energy Solutions
Division:  ESI NORTHAM
Legal Entity:  ENGIE North America Inc.
Contract Type:  Trainee
Job Type:  Full - Time
Professional Experience:  Junior (experience < 3 years)
Education Level:  High School Diploma/GED/A Levels

Nearest Major Market: Iowa City