Waste water plant operators ensure drinking water is safe for consumption by the general public. To conduct this task, operators use many types of equipment that are usually housed in very large plants. The machines inside the plants intake water from many sources ranging from rivers to streams to sewers. The main task of an operator is to monitor the machines, as well as maintain and take measurements/readings of the data the equipment collects. Operators must pay close attention to the smell of the water as it is being processed, as well as the contents of the water observed on a microscopic level. The operator usually works during regular business hours, and their position is hands on and may be dangerous.
Educational requirements for this job generally include a high school diploma or equivalent. In most cases, operators must go through extensive training and receive the proper licenses/certifications to run machines used by the waste water plant. Operators are required possess knowledge in relevant fields of study including mechanics, biology, physics, and chemistry. Reading comprehension, as well as critical thinking skills, are needed. The machines inside the plant filter and clean the water on a large scale, so operators must always pay attention to detail to remain safe while working.
Waste Water Plant Operator Tasks
- Inspect machines and operating conditions to detect malfunctions.
- Test water and sewage samples.
- Operate machines to transfer or treat waste water.