Water/Wastewater Treatment Operator Kaiwhakamahi Whakapai Wai (Paru)

Water/wastewater treatment operators run water and wastewater treatment plants. They treat water so that it is acceptable to drink. They also control the disposal of sewage and industrial wastewater.

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Water/wastewater treatment operators may do some or all of the following:

  • monitor the water treatment process and make adjustments
  • collect, analyse and interpret water or wastewater samples
  • maintain, operate, repair and replace water or wastewater treatment equipment as necessary
  • maintain treatment plant grounds and buildings
  • check treatment chemical supplies and order new supplies as required
  • write reports and logs.

Physical Requirements

Water/wastewater treatment operators need to be reasonably fit as they have to walk around large treatment plants.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for water/wastewater treatment operators includes laboratory work and work in a trade such as:

  • plumbing
  • engineering
  • electrical
  • maintenance diagnostics
  • electronics.

Personal Qualities

Water/wastewater treatment operators need to be:

  • mature, responsible and safety-conscious
  • reliable, punctual and motivated
  • practical and adaptable
  • problem solvers
  • good at basic maths.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for water/wastewater treatment operators includes laboratory work and work in a trade such as:

  • plumbing
  • engineering
  • electrical
  • maintenance diagnostics
  • electronics.

Water/Wastewater Treatment Operators can earn around $40K-$70K per year per year.

Water/wastewater treatment operators may move into supervisory or managerial roles with further training.

Water/wastewater treatment operators specialise as either:

Water treatment plant operators
Water treatment plant operators treat water to be used for household consumption.
Wastewater treatment plant operators
Wastewater treatment plant operators treat and oversee the disposal of waste water.
Water/Wastewater Treatment Operator

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