Water Network OperativeJob Description:
Water network operatives look after the pipes, mains and pumping stations that supply homes, businesses and industry with water.Job Category:
What you will do:
- dig holes by hand or with mechanical digging equipment
- use maps and plans to trace where to dig
- lay and repair water mains and pipes
- use closed circuit TV to check for blockages in pipes and drains
- clear blockages
- install water meters and hydrants
- maintain vehicles and equipment
- record details of completed work and materials used
- knowledge of public safety and security
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- knowledge of maths
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could start by taking a college course – in the UK this would be:
- Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills
- Level 2 Certificate in Construction Operations
- Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Water Engineering with a choice of 4 pathways
You may get into this career by doing an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in the water industry.
The following apprenticeships may be relevant to this role:
- Level 2 Water network operative
- Level 3 Water process technician
This will usually take 16 months to complete. You’ll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.
There are no set entry requirements for this job though employers may prefer you to have a good general standard of education in subjects like English and maths.
Experience in construction, plumbing, building services engineering or plant maintenance could be useful.
Restrictions and Requirements
You may need to be registered in one of the water industry safety passport schemes, in the UK this would be supported by the Energy & Utilities Skills Register (EUSR). The safety passport proves that you are competent to carry out work on the water network.
You may need a driving licence for some jobs.
Working Hours and Environment:
Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could progress to a team leader.
With further training, you could become an engineering technician or water engineer.