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Working As A Waste Water Operator

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

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $44,790

    Average Salary

What Does A Waste Water Operator Do At Aecom

* Perform all work safely and with the utmost concern for the safety of self and other employees.
* Perform all work in compliance with environmental permits and regulations.
* May be required to work overtime or varying hours.
* Be at work when scheduled and maintain a good attendance record.
* Work in close proximity to and or in a chemical demilitarization facility.
* Performs hazardous waste worker duties in permitted or regulated facilities.
* Duties may involve one or more of the following: Movement, containerization, storage, identification, record keeping, emergency response and/or disposing of hazardous waste.
* Operates local and remote controlled equipment used in the movement of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes.
* Operates and monitors instrumentation i.e., flow meters, temperature/pressure gauges and control panels, assesses data/conditions, and acts accordingly to perform assigned duties to meet regulatory, waste management, safety, environmental, and operations requirements.
* Performs system/equipment reviews, valve/switch alignments, and operational documentation as required for waste transfer through tanks, pumps, and filters.
* Processes agent contaminated and non-agent contaminated secondary waste (including sludge) through the Toxic Maintenance Area (TMA)
* Performs field-testing of waste streams as necessary for characterization using pH meters and hydrometers.
* Performs and documents inspections of all hazardous waste storage areas.
* Implements corrective actions, as necessary, and makes notifications to management in areas needing attention.
* Loads and unloads hazardous and recyclable waste.
* Operates vehicles and heavy equipment to transport hazardous waste as required.
* Packages and repackages/overpacks hazardous waste.
* Using a forklift, load and unload pallets of packaged explosives onto trucks for storage and transportation.
* Coordinates with other plant personnel (Operations, Maintenance, Laboratory, etc.) for pickup / transfer of hazardous waste.
* Works with other plant personnel to ensure that hazardous waste is correctly labeled, packaged, loaded, stored, and transferred/transported.
* Participates in the HAZMAT/Decon teams, as necessary.
* Participates in Waste Management and Environmental surveillances and audits.
* Reviews plant operations, waste management data, and waste management reports to assess and recommend improvements in the areas of waste minimization and environmental compliance.
* Represents the Waste Management organization as a technical expert concerning waste management activities.
* Wears various levels of Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) in the performance of job duties.
* Works in close proximity to hazardous chemicals, chemical agents and decontamination solution.
* Must be able to acknowledge and respond to emergency situations.
* Works extensively in environments with elevated temperatures.
* Maintains accountability of property.
* Assists with the development and/or review of standard operating procedures and maintenance procedures associated with the operation and maintenance of assigned systems as required.
* Prepare work authorizations and safety permits pertaining to Operations Waste Management (OWM) tasks.
* Make exclusion area and toxic entries as required.
* Complete all associated logbook entries, decontamination certification data sheets, DD Form 2271, sample transfer forms and other documentation as required.
* Prepare hazardous material classification documentation as required to support material transfer to waste management areas.
* Maintain modified Level A certification.
* Perform daily, weekly, and monthly RCRA inspections.
* Prepare work permits, safety permits, and work authorizations.
* Conduct waste sampling as required.
* Assist Process Supervisor
* Waste in maintaining waste accumulation areas.
* Must obtain/maintain RCRA Hazardous Materials Management training certification.
* Must obtain/maintain current lift truck license and overhead crane certification.
* Operate Secondary Decontamination Unit (SDU) and Autoclave
* This job description outlines the principal duties and in no way states or implies these are the only duties to be performed in this position._
* This position is designated as a chemical duty position and is subject to the requirements of the Chemical Personnel Reliability Program.
* As a condition of employment, candidates and incumbents must favorably complete a personnel security investigation, urinalysis testing, medical exam and respiratory screening, and must meet and maintain personnel suitability and reliability requirements established by Army Regulation 50
* Require routine access to chemical surety materials.
* Are authorized to escort visitors to areas containing chemical surety materials.
* Control direct access to chemical surety material.
* Are operators of equipment that disassembles chemical munitions/containers or handle chemical surety materials during demilitarization operations

What Does A Waste Water Operator Do At Valent Biosciences Corp

* and TASKS Works at varying elevations
* Operates a fork lift
* Keeps a neat and clean work environment
* Completes required trainings
* Required to walk, climb stairs, lift up to 50 lbs., open and close valves, stand and sit
* Must be available to work other shifts as directed, to include week-ends/holidays and on-call duties
* Must be able to work in extreme temperatures
* Performs other related duties as assigned

What Does A Waste Water Operator Do At Wolf Creek Federal Services

* Directs the work of other Water / Waste Water department employees.
* Ensures employee compliance with safety, security, property and material management, time and attendance, and other applicable corporate, federal, state and contract specific regulations.
* Accomplishes work in accordance with authorized Work Orders for Service Orders (SO), Preventive Maintenance (PM), and Standing Operating Orders (SOO).
* Complies with work schedules and contract requirements for response and performance.
* Reviews work in progress and completed work to ensure accomplishment in the most effective and efficient manner.
* Interfaces with other departments, customers and government representatives as required to achieve maximum productivity and reduction of lost time.
* Monitors work to ensure quality and the control of cost, including minimization of overtime/lost time and effective use of tools, equipment, and materials.
* Ensures subordinate employee time records reflect an accurate record of hours worked and job order numbers to which time is charged.
* Controls treatment plant machines and equipment to purify and clarify water for human consumption and for industrial use.
* Pumps purified water into water mains.
* Operates and controls electric motors, pumps, and valves to regulate flow of raw water into treating plant.
* Injects specified amounts of chemicals, such as chlorine and potassium permanganate into water or adjusts automatic devices that admit specified amounts of chemicals into tanks to disinfect and clarify water.
* Monitors panel board and adjusts controls to regulate flow rates, loss of head pressure and water elevation.
* Cleans tanks and filter beds, using backwashing (reverse flow of water).
* Repairs and lubricates machines and equipment, using hand- and power tools.
* Tests water samples to determine acidity, color, and impurities, using colorimeter, turbidimeter, and conductivity meter.
* Records data, such as residual content of chemicals, water turbidity, and water pressure.
* May operate portable water-purification plant to supply drinking water.
* Operates sewage treatment, sludge processing, and disposal equipment in wastewater (sewage) treatment lagoon to control flow and processing of sewage.
* May collect sewage sample, using dipper or bottle and conduct laboratory tests, using testing equipment, such as pH meter and dissolved oxygen meter.
* Inventories and requisitions supplies necessary for the effective operation of the water / waste water area.
* Performs related work as assigned

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How To Become A Waste Water Operator

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.


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.


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.


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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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Japanese


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Top Waste Water Operator Skills

  1. Ground Water
  2. Lab Tests
  3. Safety
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  • Risk Assessment (lead, ground water, asbestos, waste water).
  • Perform lab tests on water to ensure water meets state safety specifications.
  • Ensured standards of environmental safety.
  • Take water samples of processed water.
  • Experience in answering phones, dealing with customers and problem solving.

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