Water Treatment WorkerJob Description:
Water quality technicians treat and process clean water and waste water.Job Category:
What you will do:
In your day-to-day tasks you may:
- operate equipment to treat sewage
- clean and maintain tanks and filters
- add chemicals and microbes to treat water
- take readings and keep accurate records
- check drinking water samples for quality
- ensure site security and safety
- knowledge of public safety and security
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
- the ability to operate and control equipment
As well as:
- the ability to analyse quality or performance
- observation, recording and organisational skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work on your own
- analytical thinking skills
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects in the UK include the Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Water Engineering with a choice of 4 pathways.
Apprenticeships relevant to this role, in the UK, include:
- Level 2 Water process operative
- Level 3 Water treatment technician
You could apply directly to work as a water treatment worker. School English, maths and a science subject could be a requirement.
Experience of working in industrial plant maintenance may give you an advantage.
Working Hours and Environment:
You could work in a control room.
Your working environment may be dirty, physically demanding, cramped, at height and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could become a team leader. With further training, you could become an engineering technician or a water engineer.