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Water/Wastewater Engineers

Also called: Acting Section Chief, Assistant County Engineer, Director Water and Waste Services, Engineer and Geologist

What they do:
Design or oversee projects involving provision of potable water, disposal of wastewater and sewage, or prevention of flood-related damage. Prepare environmental documentation for water resources, regulatory program compliance, data management and analysis, and field work. Perform hydraulic modeling and pipeline design.
On the job, you would:
  • Provide technical direction or supervision to junior engineers, engineering or computer-aided design (CAD) technicians, or other technical personnel.
  • Conduct feasibility studies for the construction of facilities, such as water supply systems, run-off collection networks, water and wastewater treatment plants, or wastewater collection systems.
  • Design pumping systems, pumping stations, pipelines, force mains, or sewers for the collection of wastewater.


Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • using math to solve problems
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Bentley SewerCAD
Analytical or scientific software
  • KYPipe
  • NIWA Tideda
Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • MapInfo software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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