Waste water treatment plant attendants check and document water flow by taking samples of the water and reporting chlorination levels and trends. They also monitor gauges, create charts and graphs, and help produce reports in regards to water levels and quality. Waste water treatment attendants also act as repair people for wastewater equipment that is in need of repairs. Adjusting pipe valves is a big task for a waste water treatment plant attendant. Without the adjusting of those valves, the velocity of the sludge and sedimentation would be off in the settling tanks.
Generally, a waste water treatment plant is an entry-level job, meaning only a high school diploma or equivalent is needed. Many waste water treatment plant operators want to hire attendants that have had some more training beyond a high school diploma. A certificate or associate’s program in waste water management and a license is preferred at some plants. Long-term, on-the-job training is how attendants usually learn the trade though. When training, attendants will be under the watch of an experienced operator that will show the trainee how to record meter readings, take samples of waste water and sludge, practice general safety procedures, and perform simple maintenance tasks.
Most attendants work full-time and unfortunately have a higher than average on the job injury rate. Waste water treatment plant attendants work both indoors and outdoors and are exposed to slippery conditions, sometimes malfunctioning equipment, and dangerous gases.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Attendant Tasks
Monitor treatment plant operations and investigate and report problems.
Perform maintenance and repair tasks on wastewater equipment.
Monitor gauges, create charts and assist in production of periodic reports.
Check and document chlorination and water flow, taking samples and reporting trends.