Trades
Water & Wastewater Treatment Plant & System Operators

Water Treatment

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators control and operate equipment that treats water and wastewater
Water Treatment
Why Should You Consider This Career?
TYPICAL SALARY
$80k
That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
CAREER OUTLOOK
Growing
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
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Less Training                                          More Training
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More Structure                                     Less Structure
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ALTERNATIVE JOB TITLES:
Plant Operator, Process Operator (Process Op), Relief Operator, SCADA Operator (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Operator), Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator (WWTP Operator), Wastewater Operator (WW Operator), Water Control Dispatcher, Water Plant Operator, Water Treatment Operator, Water Treatment Plant Operator

Operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.

At A Glance in US
2028 JOB GROWTH
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398,000 (35%)
SALARY RANGE
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AVG. JOBS / YEAR
398,000 (35%)
TIME TO JOURNEYMAN
398,000 (35%)
ALTERNATIVE JOB TITLES:
Plant Operator, Process Operator (Process Op), Relief Operator, SCADA Operator (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Operator), Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator (WWTP Operator), Wastewater Operator (WW Operator), Water Control Dispatcher, Water Plant Operator, Water Treatment Operator, Water Treatment Plant Operator
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Your Typical Day:

  • Add chemicals, such as ammonia, chlorine, or lime, to disinfect and deodorize water and other liquids.
  • Collect and test water and sewage samples, using test equipment and color analysis standards.
  • Record operational data, personnel attendance, or meter and gauge readings on specified forms.
  • Operate and adjust controls on equipment to purify and clarify water, process or dispose of sewage, and generate power.
  • Inspect equipment or monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauges to determine load requirements and detect malfunctions.
  • Maintain, repair, and lubricate equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Clean and maintain tanks, filter beds, and other work areas, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Direct and coordinate plant workers engaged in routine operations and maintenance activities.
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Wages in the US:

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38.28
Per Hour Base Income
$TBD
Total Compensation
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Your Responsibilities

  • Operate chemical processing or water treatment systems or equipment.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Lubricate production equipment.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Clean work areas.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Chemistry

Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. 75/100

  • Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. 73/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 72/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 66/100

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 62/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 62/100

  • Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 61/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 58/100

  • Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. 56/100

  • Administrative

Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology. 53/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Ultrafiltration equipment
  • Mixers or agitators
  • Chlorine handling equipment
  • Nitrogen or nitrate or nitrite analyzer
  • Packaged water treatment systems
  • Oxygen generators
  • Bacterial removal equipment
  • Oil content monitors analyzers
  • Water purification equipment
  • Chemical pumps
  • Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors
  • Organic carbon analyzers
  • Sludge pelletizers
  • Sludge collectors
  • Water samplers
  • Air samplers or collectors
  • Microcontrollers
  • Sludge or sewage digesters
  • Oxygen gas analyzers
  • Dissolved oxygen meters
  • Flow sensors
  • Ammonia removal equipment
  • Wet scrubbers
  • Carbon filtration equipment
  • pH meters
  • Toxicology analyzers
  • Conveyor screw
  • Sludge disposal equipment
  • Turbidimeters
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras
  • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
  • Grit chambers
  • Single gas monitors
  • Ultraviolet wastewater disinfection equipment
  • Sludge shredders
  • Drain or pipe cleaning equipment
  • Water conditioners
  • Water treatment dryers
  • Screw Pumps
  • Sedimentological analyzing unit
  • Sludge or sewage removal equipment
  • Odor control equipment
  • Blowers
  • Heat exchangers
  • Notebook computers
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Positive displacement pumps
  • Lift stations
  • Hydraulic pumps
  • Autosamplers
  • Valve actuators
  • Furnaces
  • Desktop computers
  • Colorimeters
  • Conductivity meters
  • Incinerators
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