Water Treatment Maintenance Technician

Requisition ID:  26805

Iowa City, US, 52242

What You Can Expect

As our Water Treatment Technician, you'll play a crucial role in maintaining the University of Iowa's drinking water treatment plant and supporting the operations of the High-Quality Water Group. The Main Campus Water plant primarily treats surface water with supplemental well-water, while the High-Quality Water Group oversees various facilities including the Oakdale Water Plant, MacBride Nature Recreation Area Public Water System, and pools and spas across campus.


This position entails day shift work from Monday to Friday, with rotational on-call duties including nights, weekends, and holidays, requiring you to be on-site within one hour when called upon.


Each day brings new challenges, but our dedication to safety and service remains constant. Your day typically begins with a brief meeting to review priorities, discuss any plant updates, service requests, or staff observations, and plan the day's tasks efficiently and safely. Interacting with a diverse range of customers on campus, including students, faculty, and staff, is integral to this role. Professional and courteous communication to explain service and repair processes or address site safety concerns is part of daily interaction.

Your responsibilities encompass performing preventative maintenance and repairs on a variety of High-Quality Water equipment, including water softeners, reverse osmosis and deionization systems, stills, filtration systems, distillation systems, and ultraviolet disinfection systems. Additionally, you'll play a pivotal role in maintaining large plant equipment such as pumps, motors, valves, and compressors. Monitoring and maintaining chemical injection systems and piping systems, which may be composed of PVC, copper, steel, or other materials, is also a crucial aspect of your duties. Electrical troubleshooting skills are essential, involving tasks such as checking voltage to pumps, switches, and motors.  Other routine duties include flushing equipment and piping systems, replacing filters, and conducting equipment inspections. Documentation of completed preventative maintenance work, repairs, and other tasks using our computerized maintenance management system (Maximo) is essential.


One of the appealing aspects of this role is its dynamic nature, with work occurring across both the main and satellite campus, offering a varied and engaging work environment that is not confined to a single plant location.



What You’ll Bring

  • Possession of a High School Diploma/GED or equivalent is required
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience or a combination of training and experience totaling at least five years, demonstrating proficiency in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing repairs, as well as the safe and proper operation of water treatment equipment
  • Experience in calibrating water treatment equipment to ensure maximum performance
  • Proficiency in monitoring and tracking water quantity and quality to identify maintenance needs and establish optimal preventative maintenance schedules
  • Knowledge of instrumentation and software systems for process analysis, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), data processing, and report generation
  • Familiarity with safety protocols, including confined space entry, fall protection, forklift operation, lockout/tagout procedures, process safety and risk management, respirator usage, and chemical safety
  • Certification as a Water Treatment or Distribution Operator in the State of Iowa is required or a willingness to obtain certification



Additional Details

  • This role requires daily attendance at a worksite 
  • This is a field position requiring regular travel within the University of Iowa campus and satellite location to client site(s) and supply houses
  • Must possess a valid state issued driver’s license with a clean driving record. This role requires the use of company vehicles on and off campus
  • Must be willing and able to comply with ENGIE’s policy with respect to COVID vaccination and testing 
  • Must be willing and able to comply with all ENGIE ethics and safety policies 
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions (transiting between buildings on campus)
  • The position consists of 90% work indoors and 10% work outdoors; outdoor work may expose the employee to weather conditions 
  • Could involve some lifting / up to 50 lbs 
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the work environment and the ability to acquire new skills as needed
  • Ability to communicate effectively with customers and ENGIE leadership and staff; verbally, electronically and in writing, using Microsoft products and our CMMS to respond to service tickets,  document damages and repairs, complete service reports and make repair recommendations to customers and leadership
  • Ability to accurately read gages, charts, computer monitors, and operations manuals
  • Ability to hear warning alarms
  • Ability to operate forklifts, trucks, and other motor vehicles.
  • Ability to work safely in or with high noise levels, extreme heat, dust, high places, exhaust from purge pumps, chemicals and their fumes (sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, chlorine), fiber glass insulation, asbestos, welding hazards, cutting tools (power saws, grinders, drills, etc.), high pressure steam, hot condensate, high pressure distribution loop, and high speed rotating equipment




Salary Range:  $30 – $43.51USD 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 and emergency or on-call pay.


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:  Permanent
Job Type:  Full - Time
Professional Experience:  Skilled ( >3 experience <15 years)
Education Level:  High School Diploma/GED/A Levels

Nearest Major Market: Iowa City