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Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 270

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $16.60 - $29.98

Typical Annual Salary: $34,500 - $62,400

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Long-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Add chemicals, such as ammonia, chlorine, or lime, to disinfect and deodorize water and other liquids.
  • Inspect equipment or monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauges to determine load requirements and detect malfunctions.
  • 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.
  • Direct and coordinate plant workers engaged in routine operations and maintenance activities.
  • 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.

tools & technology

  • Chemical pumps
  • Chlorine handling equipment
  • Microcontrollers
  • Mixers or agitators
  • Ultrafiltration equipment

  • Compliance software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Industrial control software
  • Office suite software
  • Time accounting software

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