Military bases operate their own water treatment plants when public facilities cannot be used. These plants provide
drinking water and safely dispose of sewage. Water and sewage treatment plant operators maintain the systems that
water and treat sewage.
What They Do
Water and sewage treatment plant operators in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
- Operate pumps to transfer water from reservoirs and storage tanks to treatment plants
- Add chemicals and operate machinery that purifies water for drinking or cleans it for safe disposal
- Test water for chlorine content, acidity, oxygen demand, and impurities
- Regulate the flow of drinking water to meet demand
- Clean and maintain water treatment machinery
- Keep records of chemical treatments, water pressure, and maintenance
Helpful school subjects include chemistry, math, and shop mechanics. Helpful attributes include:
- Interest in chemistry and pollution control
- Interest in working with mechanical equipment
Job training consists of classroom instruction, including practice operating water and sewage treatment equipment.
Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:
- Operation of treatment systems
- Water testing and analysis
- Maintenance and repair of pumps, compressors, and other equipment
Water and sewage treatment plant operators work indoors and outdoors. They may be exposed to strong odors.
Civilian water and sewage treatment plant operators work for municipal public works and industrial plants. Their work
similar to military water and sewage treatment plant operators.
Civilian plant operators usually specialize as water
treatment plant operators, waterworks pump station operators, or wastewater treatment plant operators.