Water and Wastewater Systems Operator

Water and Wastewater Systems Operators treat and transfer water or wastewater in a treatment plant often in an energy efficient manner. This work is connected to the water-energy nexus and is necessary for various clean energy technologies.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

A Water Treatment Operator is testing and treating water recently pumped from a nearby river in order to distribute it as clean drinking water to the city. After testing, the Operator knows what chemicals to add to kill bacteria and purify the water. Once the water is purified to the correct standards and regulations, it is distributed to customers.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • Add chemicals to disinfect and deodorize water and other liquids.
  • Inspect equipment or monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauges to determine load requirements and detect malfunctions.
  • Collect and test water and sewage samples, using test equipment and color analysis standards.
  • Operate and adjust controls on equipment to purify and clarify water, process or dispose of sewage, and generate power.
  • Clean and maintain tanks, filter beds, and other work areas, using hand tools and power tools.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

Operator, Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator (WWTP Operator), Water Operator, Water Plant Operator, Water Treatment Plant Operator

MEDIAN PAY SRC

$45,760

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

GED / High School Diploma, State Operating License, On-the-job Training, Certificate program (recommended), Associate’s Degree (recommended)

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

None

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Physical Stamina & Strength, Technical Skills, Math Skills, Analytical Skills, Troubleshooting, Tool and Equipment Handling, Mechanical Skills, Detail Oriented

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Construction Equipment Operators, General Maintenance and Repair Workers, Machine Operators