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Working As an Utility Plant Operative

  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Getting Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $48,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Utility Plant Operative Do

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators manage a system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.

Duties

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators typically do the following:

  • Add chemicals, such as ammonia or chlorine, to disinfect water or other liquids
  • Inspect equipment on a regular basis
  • Monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauges
  • Collect and test water and sewage samples
  • Record meter and gauge readings and operational data
  • Operate equipment to purify and clarify water or to process or dispose of sewage
  • Clean and maintain equipment, tanks, filter beds, and other work areas
  • Follow U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations
  • Ensure safety standards are met

It takes a lot of work to get water from natural sources—reservoirs, streams, and groundwater—into people’s taps. Similarly, it is a complicated process to convert the wastewater from drains and sewers into a form that is safe to release into the environment.

The specific duties of plant operators depend on the type and size of the plant. In a small plant, one operator may be responsible for maintaining all of the systems. In large plants, multiple operators work the same shifts and are more specialized in their duties, often relying on computerized systems to help them monitor plant processes.

Water treatment plant and system operators work in water treatment plants. Fresh water is pumped from wells, rivers, streams, or reservoirs to water treatment plants, where it is treated and distributed to customers. Water treatment plant and system operators run the equipment, control the processes, and monitor the plants that treat water to make it safe to drink.

Wastewater treatment plant and system operators do similar work to remove pollutants from domestic and industrial waste. Used water, also known as wastewater, travels through sewer pipes to treatment plants where it is treated and either returned to streams, rivers, and oceans, or used for irrigation.

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How To Become An Utility Plant Operative

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators typically need a high school diploma and a license to work. They also typically undergo on-the-job training.

Education

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators need a high school diploma or equivalent to become operators. Employers may prefer applicants who have completed a certificate or an associate’s degree program in a related field such as environmental science or wastewater treatment technology, as it reduces the amount of training a worker will need. These programs are generally offered at community colleges, technical schools, and trade associations.

Training

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators need long-term on-the-job training to become fully qualified. Trainees usually start as attendants or operators-in-training and learn their skills on the job under the direction of an experienced operator. The trainees learn by observing and doing routine tasks, such as recording meter readings, taking samples of wastewater and sludge, and performing simple maintenance and repair work on plant equipment.

Larger treatment plants usually combine this on-the-job training with formal classroom or self-paced study programs. As plants get larger and more complicated, operators need more skills before they are allowed to work without supervision.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators must be licensed by the state in which they work. Requirements and standards vary widely depending on the state.

State licenses typically have multiple levels, which indicate the operator's experience and training. Although some states will honor licenses from other states, operators who move from one state to another may need to take a new set of exams to become licensed in their new state.

Advancement

Most states have multiple levels of licenses for water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators. Each increase in license level allows the operator to control a larger plant and more complicated processes without supervision.

At the largest plants, operators who have the highest license level work as shift supervisors and may be in charge of large teams of operators.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators must conduct tests and inspections on water or wastewater and evaluate the results.

Detail oriented. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators must monitor machinery, gauges, dials, and controls to ensure everything is operating properly. Because tap water and wastewater are highly regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, operators must be careful and thorough in completing these tasks.

Math skills. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators must have the ability to apply data to formulas that determine treatment requirements, flow levels, and concentration levels.

Mechanical skills. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators must know how to work with machines and use tools. They must be familiar with how to operate, repair, and maintain equipment.

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Average Yearly Salary
$48,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
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$48,000
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$48,000
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$48,000
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$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Texas Instruments
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Rhode Island
Avg Experience Level
5.2 years
How much does a Utility Plant Operative make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Utility Plant Operative in the United States is $48,430 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $62,000.

Top Skills for An Utility Plant Operative

  1. Plant Maintenance
  2. Fuel Oil
  3. Maintenance Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Manage utility plant maintenance contracts (chiller, water treatment, gas turbine, etc.)
  • Operate and maintain boilers burning natural gas, fuel oil.
  • Developed lock-out/tag-out and maintenance procedures to support initial plant construction and start-up, and the construction and tie-in of additional production lines
  • Observe and control plant operations through 3 building automation systems, which include 2 Siemens and 1 Honeywell.
  • Assist with variety of semi- skilled duties around production facilities.

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Top 10 Best States for Utility Plant Operatives

  1. Connecticut
  2. Pennsylvania
  3. Rhode Island
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Maine
  7. North Dakota
  8. Wisconsin
  9. New Jersey
  10. New York
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Utility Plant Operative Demographics

Gender

Male

85.0%

Unknown

9.0%

Female

6.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

Persian

33.3%

Utility Plant Operative Education

Schools

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

10.5%

Excelsior College

7.9%

Kirkwood Community College

7.9%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

7.9%

Victoria College

7.9%

Texas Tech University

5.3%

College of Charleston

5.3%

Houston Community College

5.3%

University of Phoenix

5.3%

Texas A&M University

5.3%

Montgomery College

5.3%

Mech-Tech College

5.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.6%

Michigan Technological University

2.6%

Mountain Empire Community College

2.6%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

2.6%

Texas Southern University

2.6%

Ferris State University

2.6%

Universal Technical Institute of Texas Inc

2.6%

Lakes Region Community College

2.6%
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Majors

Business

14.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

10.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

8.5%

Engineering

8.5%

Industrial Technology

7.4%

Environmental Science

5.3%

Management

4.3%

Precision Metal Working

4.3%

Chemical Engineering

4.3%

Mechanical Engineering

4.3%

Medical Technician

3.2%

Biology

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.2%

General Studies

3.2%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Science, Technology, And Society

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Engineering Technology

2.1%

Drafting And Design

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

41.5%

Associate

21.1%

Bachelors

15.6%

Certificate

10.2%

Masters

6.1%

Diploma

4.1%

License

1.4%
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