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Water Plant Manager (3074)

Operations / Production sites
North America
OPE00000293 Requisition #

Responsible for management of operations and maintenance of the University of Iowa drinking water treatment plants. The Main Campus Water plant is primarily a surface water treatment plant with supplemental well-water supplies available. The Oakdale Water plant is a well-water plant. Responsible for determining treatment methods and technologies to be used in the production of the potable water supplies for campus customers, adapting to meet ever-changing regulatory requirements. Responsible for driving continuous improvements in safety and compliance programs and documentation. Innovates to upgrade plant systems to facilitate robust automation and controls, as well as alarming. Drives evolution away from reactive maintenance regime to preventive and predictive maintenance programs. Improves and maintains plant cleanliness and appearance.

Reports to
Director, Energy Delivery

University of Iowa / Iowa City, IA

Salaried -Exempt

Essential Job Functions

  • Develops and implements water treatment methods and technologies to provide water quality meeting all standards.
  • Directs Operations & Maintenance (O&M) activities of Water Plant to achieve water quality and service reliability standards required by campus customers.
  • Recommends staffing plans to provide enhanced quality and efficiency of service delivery while managing O&M costs.
  • Supports full compliance with corporate safety program and promotes safety culture.
  • Works with Director, Energy Delivery to develop maintenance and capital projects to improve the operability and reliability of the water plant by extending equipment life or making plant improvements.
  • Provides technical review and oversight of capital projects within the Water Plant.
  • Institutes robust maintenance management program focused on preventive and predictive maintenance utilizing the full capabilities of our CMMS system.
  • Maintains compliance, including thorough documentation, with all Safe Drinking Water Act and other environmental regulatory requirements.
  • Responsible for designing and implementing training programs to meet corporate and university standards, helping staff achieve personal development goals.
  • Responsible for staff development and training, including overseeing the important university intern development program for student Water Plant Operators.
  • Implements corporate policies, procedures and directives.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned


  • Certification as a Grade IV Water Treatment Plant Operator in Iowa.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of sampling and reporting requirements for domestic water plants.
  • Knowledge of reverse osmosis system operations and maintenance requirements.
  • For this position, you must have evidence of right to work in the U.S. There is no employer sponsorship of U.S. residency or work authorization with this role.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Ability to meet highest attendance requirements
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbally.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments on a timely basis with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to read and interpret applicable federal, state, and local regulatory requirements governing design and operation of domestic water treatment systems and water quality requirements.
  • Ability to use personal computer, calculator, and work with standard software applications.
  • Ability to understand and execute oral and written instructions.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil, Environmental, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or related scientific program.
  • Significant (7-10 years) experience in water treatment plant operations, preferably with operation of a surface water treatment plant with production capacity greater than 2 MGD.
  • Direct experience managing staff performance and development.
  • Experience and proven commitment to implementation of robust maintenance management practices.
  • Practical experience meeting safety and environmental compliance requirements for utility operations.


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, citizenship, genetic information or other protected status under federal, state or local laws.

ENGIE is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disability.

This job advertisement is supported by the ENGIE Talent Acquisition team. Agency engagement is not required at this time. All related inquiries must be communicated through Talent Acquisition and not directed to ENGIE North America Managers. Failure to follow the ENA process may result in nonpayment of agency fees.




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