Profession water network operative

Water network operatives maintain pipes and pumping stations used for water supply, waste water removal and sewerage. They perform planned maintenance and repair tasks and clear blockages in pipes and drains.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Enterprising
  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Types of pipelines

    Know various types of pipelines and their different usages. Differentiate between pipelines used to transport goods over short and long distances, and understand their respective feeding systems.


  • Operate pumps

    Operate industrial pumps used to remove excess liquid.

  • Repair pipelines

    Conduct maintenance and repair work on pipelines to prevent or remedy damages using, if necessary, remote-controlled robots.

  • Operate drilling equipment

    Operate a range of drilling equipment, pneumatic as well as electrical and mechanical. Tend drilling equipment, monitor and operate it, according to regulations. Safely and efficiently drill holes using the correct equipment, settings, and drill bits.

  • Inspect pipelines

    Walk flow lines to identify damage or leaks; use electronic detection equipment and conduct visual inspections.

  • Prevent pipeline deterioration

    Ensure the conservation of pipelines by undertaking adequate maintenance of the system and its coating properties. Prevent corrosion formation, leaks, and other problems.

  • Detect flaws in pipeline infrastructure

    Detect flaws in pipeline infrastructure during construction or over the passage of time. Detect flaws such as construction defects, corrosion, ground movement, hot-tap made by error, and others.

  • Maintain water treatment equipment

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

  • Assemble manufactured pipeline parts

    Assemble parts and components made for pipelines in companies or sites. Construct pipeline infrastructures or re-assemble parts that were taken out for repair. Use welding equipment and other tools in assembly activities.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Use personal protection equipment

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

  • Operate sumps

    Operate industrial sumps used to remove excess liquid such as water or chemicals.

  • Lay pipe installation

    Install the system of pipes used to transport a fluid, be it a liquid or a gas, from one point to aNother and connect it to the fuel and water supply lines, air ducts, and other components.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain septic tanks use water disinfection equipment maintain drilling equipment perform water treatments pipeline coating properties mitigate environmental impact of pipeline projects carry out cleaning of road drains consider the impact of material characteristics on pipeline flows interpret scientific data to assess water quality advise on equipment maintenance monitor water quality regulate the flow of substances in pipelines document analysis results collect samples for analysis operate hydraulic machinery controls test samples for pollutants maintain water storage equipment ensure regulatory compliance in pipeline infrastructures maintain water distribution equipment measure water quality parameters inspect drilling equipment maintain pipeline coating properties perform demarcation

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