Profession wastewater treatment operator

Wastewater treatment operators operate equipment used in a water or wastewater plant. They treat and clean drinking water before it is distributed to the consumer and process wastewater to remove harmful substances before returning it to rivers and seas. They take samples and perform tests to analyse the water quality.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Water chemistry analysis

    Principles of complex water chemistry.

Skills

  • Interpret scientific data to assess water quality

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

  • Dispose of sewage sludge

    Operate equipment to pump the sewage sludge and store it into containers in order to transform the gases it emits into energy. After this phase, dry the sludge and evaluate its potential reuse as fertilizer. Dispose of the sludge if it contains hazardous elements.

  • Use water disinfection equipment

    Operate water disinfection equipment, using mechanical filtration, biological filtration, UV disinfection and ozonation as needed.

  • Perform water chemistry analysis

    Perform water chemistry analysis

  • Operate water purifying equipment

    Operate and adjust equipment controls to purify and clarify water, process and treat wastewater, air and solids, recycle or discharge treated water, and generate power.

  • Monitor water quality

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

  • Document analysis results

    Document on paper or on electronic devices the process and the results of the samples analysis performed.

  • Perform water treatments

    Perform regularly water testing, ensuring that water management and filtration processes follow reasonable management practices, industry standards, or commonly accepted farming practices. Record previous water contaminations, the source of contamination and contamination remedied. Take mitigation measures to guard against further contamination.

  • Carry out waste water treatment

    Perform waste water treatment according to regulations checking for biological waste and chemical waste.

  • Maintain water treatment equipment

    Perform repairs and routine maintenance tasks on equipment used in the purification and treatment processes of water and waste water.

  • Perform water treatment procedures

    Perform operations such as filtering, sterilising, and dechlorinating in order to purify water for consumption and food production using different procedures and technologies such as micro-filtration, reverse osmosis, ozonation, carbon filtration, or ultraviolet (UV) light.

  • Measure water quality parameters

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

Optional knowledge and skills

ensure equipment maintenance perform sample testing water policies laboratory techniques ensure compliance with environmental legislation apply health and safety standards test samples for pollutants operate sewage treatment plans on ships maintain desalination control system operate hydraulic machinery controls water reuse manage desalination control system use personal protection equipment maintain specified water characteristics prepare samples for testing ensure proper water storage operate pumping equipment maintain water distribution equipment