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Become A Water Operator

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Working As A 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 Water Operator Do At City of Killeen

* Inspects, maintains, and repairs failures in the water distribution system, and wastewater collection system.
* Makes and/or inspects water taps.
* Performs line locates of water and wastewater mains and apparatuses under the rules of the Texas One Call Law for contractors, citizens and city departments.
* Interprets maps and drawings.
* Performs physical inspection; monitors, through computerized systems, the pump stations and chlorination systems, lift stations, and water storage facilities.
* Prepares daily and monthly operational reports, written and/or computer generated using Microsoft Software or SCADA system.
* Performs or assists in performing chlorinator, pump and motor maintenance and repair.
* Maintains facilities including cleaning, painting, and grounds maintenance.
* Performs meter installation and repair, disassembling, cleaning, repairing, replacing, and testing of defective or worn water meters including residential, commercial, and fire hydrant meters.
* Collects chlorine residual samples.
* Inspects physical security safeguards.
* Serves on stand-by shifts and may be required to work overtime.
* Adheres to assigned work schedule as outlined in the Department and City attendance policies and procedures; ensures all behaviors comply with the City's Personnel Rules and Regulations; possesses and maintains a valid driver's license, if required, and complies with City of Killeen driving policy accordingly.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Water Operator Do At Cudd Pressure Control, Inc.

* Promotes and participates in all required safety, compliance and certifications programs.
* Maintains all required log books and inspection reports.
* Completes pre- and post-trip inspections, and fuel and service units.
* Maintains assigned equipment and performs daily inspections to ensure compliance with operational and safety requirements.
* Reports all operational deficiencies to supervisor and maintenance personnel.
* Proficiently performs equipment inspection and maintenance as requested and complete paperwork.
* Operates equipment in accordance with company procedures.
* Monitors well control parameters and calculations before and during job applications.
* Follows proper rig-up and rig-down procedures.
* Maintains general housekeeping, clean up, repair, and preparation of equipment for the next job.
* Practices safe driving procedures when travelling to and from locations.
* Participates in required company training and service line career development training

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How To Become A 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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Water Operator Demographics


  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Danish

  • Swedish

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Top Skills for A Water Operator


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Top Water Operator Skills

  1. Wastewater Collection System
  2. Lab Tests
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed maintenance and repairs on water distribution system and wastewater collection system.
  • Performed necessary process control and lab tests.
  • Contributed to safety meetings by reporting any potential safety hazards in my work area.
  • Submitted periodic reports concerning daily water pumping and testing for chlorine residual.
  • Worked in collection system jetting and televising sanitary sewer lines.

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