Water plant operators work in water treatment plants and facilities. They generally operate the plant equipment, as well as perform tests, adjust and change chemicals, monitor changes, and communicate with the control center. They also repair and maintain pumps and valves, as well as perform preventative maintenance on a firm schedule. In some locations, water plant operators work in shifts on a rotating basis. However, in many places, they have permanent shifts on a full-time basis. They may be required to work nights, weekends, and holidays depending on the needs of their employer. This job involves working with municipality wastewater and machinery, and these professionals are typically managed by a plant manager or a senior water plant operator.
Generally, water plant operators are required to have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent and a driver’s license. Some states and localities offer certification as a wastewater treatment plant operator and may require that certification prior to hiring. Other employers may require further education, such as an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
In addition, waste plant operators they have to be able to follow written instructions, perform mathematical calculations, and maintain proper records. They need to be able to follow all company policies and procedures, as well as any state or federal requirements regarding safety. Effective use of safety equipment is necessary for water plant operators because they may be required to lift up to 50 pounds, climb ladders, and work in confined spaces. Due to this, they also need to be in overall good physical condition with good eyesight and hearing for inspections and alarms.
Water Plant Operator Tasks
Collect, test, and analyze water samples.
Operate wells and chemical feed systems, and oversee store tank levels to ensure compliance with regulations.
Maintain water testing and treatment plant equipment.
Maintains documentation and records of plant operations and data