Water Treatment Specialist

Requisition ID:  22029

Iowa City, US, 52242

Job Title:

Water Treatment Specialist


Iowa City, IA


What You Can Expect

As our Water Treatment Specialist at the University of Iowa campus, you will be responsible for ensuring the daily route coverage to meet the high-quality water needs of our on-campus clients. Your duties include monitoring, operating, and maintaining water treatment systems to provide specialized finished water for various operational needs. The systems served encompass community water, high-quality water, pools and spas, and hot and cold building loops. Water Treatment methods that you will employ include water softening, filtration, reverse osmosis, deionization, distillation, and ultraviolet disinfection. You will also conduct flushing and disinfection as required for new construction piping and systems and perform sampling and chemical treatment to meet NPDES permit discharge requirements.

Your day starts with a morning meeting to discuss planned activities, review previous day's activities, and outline longer-term plans. Following this, you will commence your assigned route, which includes collecting samples, reading meters, and checking operating conditions of equipment such as pressures, water quality, and volumes. Duties also involve making chemical adjustments, logging samples and operational checks, and responding to outages or quality issues in the water systems. Maintenance tasks include flushing, chemical disinfecting of process equipment, and other minor and preventative maintenance on equipment such as filter replacement and UV bulb replacement. You will utilize Maximo to track time and parts for billing purposes and complete vulnerability assessments. Additionally, you'll use Microsoft products (Excel, Word) to ensure compliance and document testing and services for local, county, state, and federal requirements

This role primarily operates during day shifts, with occasional requirements for nights, weekends, and holidays due to on-call duties or planned/emergency outages


What You’ll Bring

  • This role requires a High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Licensed or ability to be licensed as a Grade I or higher Water Treatment or Distribution Operator
  • Experience or education in laboratory procedures, mathematics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, human health, computers, instrumentation, and safety programs relevant to water treatment operations
  • Familiarity with Iowa Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations for water treatment systems


Additional Details

  • This role requires daily attendance at a worksite 
  • Must possess a valid state issued driver’s license and clean driving record, employee operates company vehicles daily
  • Must be willing and able to comply with all ENGIE ethics and safety policies 
  • 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
  • Must be physically capable of hearing and understanding audible alarms, detecting changes in noise levels, and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Physically capable of entering and working in confined spaces and wearing PPE, including half and full-face respirators, fall protection equipment, hardhat, and safety shoes Ability to hear warning alarms
  • Capable of performing various physical tasks, including standing, walking, climbing ladders, kneeling, pushing, pulling, and lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Must have corrected eyesight at 20/40 to accurately read instruments, gauges, and manuals
  • Ability to read gages, charts, computer monitors, operations manuals, and colorimetric test results 
  • Ability to operate forklifts, trucks, and other motor vehicles 
  • The position consists of 75% work indoors and 25% work outdoors travel between locations (building to building) may expose the employee to weather conditions 



Salary Range:  $22.36 - $32.73 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 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:  Junior (experience < 3 years)
Education Level:  High School Diploma/GED/A Levels

Nearest Major Market: Iowa City