Profession water plant technician

Water plant technicians maintain and repair water treatment and supply equipment in a water plant. They ensure the provision of clean water by measuring the water quality, ensuring it is filtered and treated correctly, and maintaining distribution systems.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Water policies

    Have a solid understanding of policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations concerning water.

  • Water pressure

    Physical laws, qualities and applications of liquid or water pressure.


  • Maintain water treatment equipment

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

  • Measure water quality parameters

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

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Operate hydraulic machinery controls

    Use correctly the controls of specialized machinery by turning valves, handwheels, or rheostats to move and control flow of fuels, water, and dry or liquid binders to machines.

  • Maintain water distribution equipment

    Perform routine maintenance tasks, identify flaws, and perform repairs on the equipment used in the supply and distribution of clean water.

  • Maintain water storage equipment

    Perform routine maintenance tasks, identify faults, and perform repairs on equipment which is used to store wastewater and water prior to treatment or distribution.

  • Maintain specified water characteristics

    Turn valves and place baffles in troughs to adjust the volume, depth, discharge, and temperature of water as specified.

  • Monitor water quality

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

  • Operate pumping systems

    Operate pumps and piping systems, including control systems. Perform routine pumping operations. Operate the bilge, ballast and cargo pumping systems. Be familiar with oily-water separators (or-similar equipment).

  • Ensure compliance with environmental legislation

    Monitor activities and perform tasks ensuring compliance with standards involving environmental protection and sustainability, and amend activities in the case of changes in environmental legislation. Ensure that the processes are compliant with environment regulations and best practices.

Optional knowledge and skills

operate water purifying equipment install plumbing systems water reuse document analysis results perform water treatments follow water supply schedule perform water testing procedures collect samples for analysis install hydraulic systems manage desalination control system test samples for pollutants maintain records of maintenance interventions ensure equipment availability water chemistry analysis ensure equipment maintenance perform laboratory tests use water disinfection equipment carry out waste water treatment perform water treatment procedures ensure proper water storage use personal protection equipment maintain desalination control system

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