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Water & Wastewater Treatment Plant & System Operators

Also called: Operator, Waste Water Operator, Wastewater Operator, Water Treatment Plant Operator

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Advanced Utilitiesman; Engineman; Machinist's Mate; Utilitiesman; Utilitiesman Basic

What they do:
Operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • product and service development
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • chemistry
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Industrial control software
  • Human machine interface HMI software
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data logging software
  • Database software
Compliance software
  • Material safety data sheet MSDS software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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