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Water Treatment Plant and System Operators
Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

Water Treatment Plant and System Operators and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators control the equipment that helps keep our water useable. Water Treatment Plant and System Operators treat water to make it drinkable. Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators treat water to make it safe to release back into the environment. Operators have to be able to read, interpret, and adjust meters and gauges on the equipment they work with. They also are responsible for taking samples, chemically testing the water, adding the proper mix of chemicals, and make minor repairs to equipment. Computers are becoming an integral part of this occupation. Operators now use them to help monitor equipment and water, write reports, manage office work, and diagnose problems with the system. To become a Waster or Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator you need at least a High School diploma. A general knowledge of Math, Chemistry, and Biology are necessary and for some positions you might have to take a written exam that tests math skills, mechanical aptitude, and general intelligence. They have to be able to apply data to formulas of treatment requirements, flow levels and concentration levels. New employees usually learn their skills on the job under the direction of another employee. If you earn an Associates Degree or complete a 1 year certificate program in water quality and wastewater treatment technology you will increase your chances of being hired and promoted. Local governments employ most Plant and system operators and the median salary in 2000 was $31,380.


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US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos229.htm




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