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Become A Water Treatment Operator

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Working As A Water Treatment 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 Treatment Operator Do At Hillstone Environmental Partners

* Maintains daily reports and logs with accuracy.
* Monitors piping and tanks for leaks.
* Monitors and adjusts diesel and electric pumps.
* Performs regular QA/QC testing on incoming and outgoing water, and adjusts chemical dosing accordingly.
* Tracks consumables usage.
* Maintains tank levels.
* Displays an ‘INCIDENT FREE’, ‘SAFETY FIRST’ attitude at all times and holds self and others accountable for meeting all safety guidelines.
* Ensures tasks are completed on time, safely and correctly each time.
* Consistently looks for ways to improve processes and assists others in reaching established goals.
* Maintains acceptable attendance and punctuality to ensure quality and timely operations

What Does A Water Treatment Operator Do At Alutiiq

* Operates and controls electric motors, pumps, and valves to regulate flow of raw water into treating plant.
* Performs chemical treatment and analysis of drinking water systems using chlorine and fluoride IAW Clean Water Act, and DEQ regulations.
* Utilizes and interprets base plans and working drawings to determine work aids required to facilitate treatment of water and wastewater.
* Operates small all-terrain truck, fork lift and towed trailers.
* Operates Water System consisting of deep wells, valves, chlorination stations, fluoride stations, swimming pools and above ground towers, domestic and industrial lift stations.
* Handles and controls water and industrial wastewater treatment using hazardous chemicals.
* Join pipe by use of screws, bolts, fittings, plastic solvent and clamps joints.
* Operates maintains and repairs process units such as clarifiers, aeration basins pumps, valves and dewatering equipment that has a direct effect on the treatment process.
* Respond to and clean up hazardous spills as required.
* Utilizes and interprets technical manuals, shop directives, blueprints, sketches, diagrams, and specifications, verbal and written instructions.
* Responsible for completing daily work order log documenting inspections, maintenance and repair information, to include work performed, materials used and hours worked on each assigned work order.
* Adheres to proper security practices, foreign object damage procedures and airfield driving regulations, as applicable.
* Interfaces with customers and responsible for customer feedback, as applicable.
* Operates motor vehicles in accordance with company vehicle policies.
* Complies with applicable federal, state, United States Air Force (USAF) and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) environmental laws and regulations.
* Follows Corporation and furnished information directives; Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Policies and Procedures, and contract requirements.
* Complies with health and safety rules and procedures; performs work in a manner that enhances the safety of the work environment.
* Incumbent will at all times wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as determined by position and duties

What Does A Water Treatment Operator Do At Hillstone Environmental Partners

* Displays an ‘INCIDENT FREE’, ‘SAFETY FIRST’ attitude at all times and holds self and others accountable for meeting all safety guidelines.
* Ensures tasks are completed on time, safely and correctly each time.
* Consistently looks for ways to improve processes and assists others in reaching established goals
* Maintains acceptable attendance and punctuality to ensure quality and timely operations.
* Complete qualified or certified training.
* Other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Water Treatment 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.

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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Top Skills for A Water Treatment Operator

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Top Water Treatment Operator Skills

  1. Water Treatment Equipment
  2. Water Reconnaissance
  3. PH Levels
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated and maintained water treatment equipment including multiple reverse osmosis filtration systems.
  • Performed water quality analysis testing and verification operation while, assisting in water reconnaissance and site preparation.
  • Operate and adjust controls on equipment to purify and clarify water, and maintain appropriate pH levelsbased on EPA regulations.
  • Remained current on U.S. EPA regulations and maintained state certification to ensure safety standards were met.
  • Tested for Chlorine and chlorine residual, TDS and morbidity of the different water samples.

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