Profession groundwater monitoring technician

Groundwater monitoring technician monitor the environment, gathering data in the form of samples and performing tests in a laboratory or field, to investigate potential sources of pollution. They also perform maintenance tasks on the monitoring equipment.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Chemistry

    The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.

  • Water chemistry analysis

    Principles of complex water chemistry.

  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

Skills

  • Test chemical samples

    Perform the testing procedures on the already prepared chemical samples, by using the necessary equipment and materials. Chemical sample testing involves operations such as pipetting or diluting schemes.

  • Perform water testing procedures

    Conduct testing procedures on water quality, such as pH tests and dissolved solids. Understand instrumentation drawings.

  • Analyse various types of water

    Design boreholes; sample and analyse surface water and groundwater.

  • Collect samples for analysis

    Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.

  • Monitor water quality

    Measure water quality: temperature, oxygen, salinity, pH, N2, NO2,NH4, CO2, turbidity, chlorophyll. Monitor microbiological water quality.

  • Measure water quality parameters

    Measure water quality parameters: temperature, oxygen, salinity, pH, N2, NO2,NH4, CO2, turbidity, chlorophyll. Monitor microbiological water quality.

  • Perform water chemistry analysis

    Perform water chemistry analysis

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

  • Study groundwater

    Prepare and conduct field studies in order to determine groundwater quality. Analyse and interpret maps, models and geographical data. Compose a picture of area groundwater and land contamination. File reports on issues with landfill groundwater, e.g. area pollution caused by coal combustion products.

  • Interpret scientific data to assess water quality

    Interpret biological and physico-chemical data to assess water quality.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Test samples for pollutants

    Measure concentrations of pollutants within samples. Calculate air pollution or gas flow in industrial processes. Identify potential safety or health risks such as radiation.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Prepare chemical samples

    Prepare the specific samples such as gas, liquid or solid samples in order for them to be ready for analysis, labeling and storing samples according to specifications.

Optional knowledge and skills

microbiology-bacteriology ensure compliance with environmental legislation develop environmental remediation strategies understand fresh water ecosystems promote environmental awareness use water disinfection equipment advise on soil and water protection maintain test equipment analyse environmental data advise on pollution prevention report on environmental issues report test findings assess groundwater environmental impact investigate pollution calibrate laboratory equipment report pollution incidents assess contamination investigate contamination manage water treatment pollution prevention advise on environmental remediation operate water purifying equipment environmental legislation