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Working As A Winder 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

  • $116,942

    Average Salary

What Does A Winder Operator 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 A Winder 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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Winder Operator Career Paths

Winder Operator
Team Leader Supervisor Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Security Officer Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Packer Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Operator Quality Control Inspector Production Supervisor
General Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Crew Leader Operator Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Picker And Packer Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Supervisor Night Shift Supervisor
Operation Shift Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Production Supervisor Operation Supervisor
Operations Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Operator Foreman Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Operator Machinist Production Supervisor
Plant Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician
Production Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Packer Operator Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Picker And Packer Material Handler Quality Control Inspector
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Crew Leader Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Winder Operator Demographics

Gender

Male

66.2%

Female

31.8%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.9%

Black or African American

14.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

German

12.5%

Portuguese

12.5%

Cebuano

12.5%

Tagalog

12.5%
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Winder Operator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.7%

Isothermal Community College

5.7%

A-Technical College

5.7%

York Technical College

5.7%

Lamar University

5.7%

Greenville Technical College

5.7%

Georgia Northwestern Technical College - Floyd County Campus

4.3%

Liberty University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Tri-County Technical College

4.3%

Haywood Community College

4.3%

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

4.3%

Dalton State College

4.3%

Cleveland Community College

4.3%

Saint Cloud State University

4.3%

Ashford University

4.3%

University of Arkansas at Monticello

4.3%

Davidson County Community College

2.9%

University of Memphis

2.9%

Eastern Maine Community College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

30.6%

Precision Metal Working

5.6%

Health Care Administration

5.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.4%

Industrial Technology

4.4%

General Studies

4.4%

Automotive Technology

4.4%

Electrical Engineering

4.4%

Medical Assisting Services

4.4%

Computer Science

3.9%

Nursing

3.9%

Accounting

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Nursing Assistants

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.8%

Computer Technical Support

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Communication

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

43.8%

Associate

23.6%

Bachelors

14.9%

Certificate

10.4%

Diploma

3.8%

Masters

2.8%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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  • Created production tracking labels for all paper rolls.
  • Trained others in safety procedures, and job requirements.
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  • Examine products to verify conformance to quality standards.
  • Operated machines call Winders that run fiber glass on latex tubes.

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