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Become A Water Treatment Specialist

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Working As A Water Treatment Specialist

  • 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 Specialist Do At Lockheed Martin

* Maintain and operate two wells, pumps, Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) water treatment system and parallel sewage package treatment plant
* Monitor and operate Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA systems) in addition to wells, ROWPU and sewage and fire-water distribution systems
* Backwash water treatment filters as required
* Connect chemical and monitor dosage rate
* Coordinate periodic testing of water supply in accordance with US drinking water standards
* Coordinate with sludge agencies for testing of water quality as required by local government
* Coordinate sludge removal at sewage plant periodically as required
* Monitor sewage plant outflow to meet standards for discharge into base storm water drainage system
* Monitor levels of supplies required and recorder when necessary
* Practice and promote safe working conditions in accordance with OSHA, and other required regulations
* Basic Qualifications
* Must have a Class I water treatment and Class I wastewater treatment license for any state
* Must have basic plumbing, electrical troubleshooting skills
* Must have and be able to maintain a valid driver’s license
* Must be able to work well with public as well as with co-workers
* Must be a self-starter and work independently with no or minimum guidance and be willing to listen and work with others
* Better than average written and verbal communication skills
* Willing to work long hours including include weekends
* Willingness to work rotational shifts including days, evenings, midnights, holidays and weekends, as required
* Must be able to work in extreme temperatures – hot and cold, indoors and outdoors
* Must be able to lift 70 pounds
* Must be able to travel internationally
* The successful candidate will be required to successfully complete customer required International Readiness Certifications

What Does A Water Treatment Specialist Do At Aqua Plumbing & Air Services

* Fulfilling sales appointments each day in customers’ homes
* Accurate recording of information on paper
* Accountability to Service Manager
* Fulfilling all personal promises to others, ie; phone calls, emails, etc

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How To Become A Water Treatment Specialist

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 Treatment Specialist Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Filipino

  • Chinese

  • Ukrainian

  • Tagalog

  • Korean

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Top Water Treatment Specialist Skills

  1. Water Reconnaissance
  2. Setup
  3. Non-Potable Water
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist in water reconnaissances and site preparation.
  • Assisted in water reconnaissance, site preparation and setup of water treatment activity.
  • Supplied 19 million gallons of non-potable water for sanitary use by coalition forces during Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • Supervised and/or performed the installation and operation of water purification equipment, and distribution operations and activities.
  • Operated and maintained water treatment equipment, assisted in setup of water treatment activity.

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