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Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

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Operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.

    Work Activities
    • Add chemicals, such as ammonia, chlorine, or lime, to disinfect and deodorize water and other liquids.
    • Collect and test water and sewage samples, using test equipment and color analysis standards.
    • Record operational data, personnel attendance, or meter and gauge readings on specified forms.
    • Operate and adjust controls on equipment to purify and clarify water, process or dispose of sewage, and generate power.
    • Inspect equipment or monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauges to determine load requirements and detect malfunctions.
    • Maintain, repair, and lubricate equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
    • Clean and maintain tanks, filter beds, and other work areas, using hand tools and power tools.
    • Direct and coordinate plant workers engaged in routine operations and maintenance activities.
    Skills
    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge
    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $49,220/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $23.66/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 4,770
    • Yearly Projected Openings 340
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Concern for Others
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Ultrafiltration equipment
    • Mixers or agitators
    • Microcontrollers
    • Chlorine handling equipment
    • Chemical pumps
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Office suite software
    • Industrial control software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Compliance software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.