Water Treatment Plant Operators
Water treatment plant operators treat water so that it is safe to drink.
Plant operators read and adjust meters and gauges to make sure the plant equipment is working properly. They operate devices that feed chemicals into the water to treat it.
$23.57 per hour on average
The outlook is Data not available
|Education & Training
Long-term on-the-job training (more than 12 months) is common.
|Related Programs (Current training programs available)
|On the Job
- Add chemicals to water and other liquids, such as ammonia.
- Operate devices that feed chemicals into water or wastewater. Adjust the amount of chemicals.
- Read, interpret, and adjust meters and gauges to make sure plant equipment is operating properly.
- Take samples of water and perform lab analyses.
- Use a variety of instruments to sample and measure water quality.
- Maintain records of operational data, employee attendance, and meter and gauge readings.
- Make minor repairs to valves, pumps, and other equipment, using hand and power tools.
- Clean tanks and filter beds, using hand and power tools.
- May direct and coordinate other plant workers.
- Control processing equipment in water treatment plants.
- Use computers to monitor equipment, store data, make processing decisions, and write reports.
- May work under emergency conditions, using special safety equipment and procedures.
- May perform all water treatment duties, or monitor only one process.
- Stay informed of federal regulations and how they affect their plant. Be aware of local and state guidelines.
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