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Career Details :: Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators
Operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or liquid waste.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Inspects equipment and monitors operating conditions, meters, and gauges to determine load requirements and detect malfunctions.
- Cleans and maintains tanks and filter beds, using hand tools and power tools.
- Directs and coordinates plant workers engaged in routine operations and maintenance activities.
- Adds chemicals, such as ammonia, chlorine, and lime, to disinfect and deodorize water and other liquids.
- Collects and tests water and sewage samples, using test equipment and color analysis standards.
- Maintains, repairs, and lubricates equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
- Records operational data, personnel attendance, and meter and gauge readings on specified forms.
- Operates and adjusts controls on equipment to purify and clarify water, process or dispose of sewage, and generate power.
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General Work Activities
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Frequent Work Context
- Degree of Automation
- Consequence of Error
- Responsible for Others' Health & Safety
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate