Profession water treatment systems operator

Water treatment system operators treat water to ensure safety for drinking, irrigation, or other use. They operate and maintain water treatment equipment and ensure the water is safe for bottling and use in food production by thoroughly testing before distribution, and by meeting environmental standards.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Beverages filtration processes

    Safe and economic method for removing impurities from food products and extending its shelf life. Importance of contamination control and how it contributes to superior quality product, a significant reduction of waste and a minimum of product spoilage.

  • Water reuse

    Principles of water re-use processes in complex circulation systems.

  • 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.

Skills

  • Follow hygienic procedures during food processing

    Ensure a clean working space according to hygienic standards in the food processing industry.

  • Filter liquids

    Separated solids that will not readily sediment from their suspending liquid by passing the mixture through filters.

  • Use water disinfection equipment

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

  • Strive to conserve the composition of water

    Strive not to unnecessarily alter the composition of the water when removing undesirable constituents.

  • Apply GMP

    Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

  • Perform carbonation processes

    Perform carbonation processes which refer to the infusion of carbon dioxide under high pressure in order to obtain effervescent beverages such as sodas, sparkling wines, and beverages.

  • 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.

  • Measure water quality parameters

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

  • Check bottles for packaging

    Check bottles for packaging. Apply bottle testing procedures to verify if the bottle is fit for containing food and beverage products. Follow legal or company specifications for bottling.

  • Manage desalination control system

    Manage a system for the removal of salt in order to obtain potable water.

  • Separate unstable elements in the water

    Use the adequate equipment to separate unstable elements in water such as iron and sulphur compounds by filtration or decanting.

  • Tend beverage gasifier equipment

    Tend beverage gasifier equipment which is usually made by a machine coupled with a gasifier.

  • Exert quality control to processing food

    Ensure the quality of all factors involved in a food production process.

  • Clean food and beverage machinery

    Clean machinery used for food or beverage production processes. Prepare the appropriate solutions for cleaning. Prepare all parts and assure that they are clean enough to avoid deviation or errors in the production process.

  • Apply HACCP

    Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Measure water flow

    Measure water flow, water intakes and catchments.

  • Be at ease in unsafe environments

    Be at ease in unsafe environments like being exposed to dust, rotating equipment, hot surfaces, sub-freezing and cold storage areas, noise, wet floors and moving lift 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.

  • 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.

  • Operate a heat treatment process

    Apply heat treatment aimed at preparing and preserving half-finished or finished food products.

  • Disassemble equipment

    Disassembles equipment using hand tools in order to clean equipments and to perform regular operational maintenance.

  • Apply requirements concerning manufacturing of food and beverages

    Apply and follow national, international, and internal requirements quoted in standards, regulations and other specifications related with manufacturing of food and beverages.

  • 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.

  • Boil water

    Boils water in large quantities to perform procedures of manufacturing to food products (e.g. almond blanching).

Optional knowledge and skills

monitor water quality dispose food waste manage environmental management system ensure proper water storage carry out waste water treatment health, safety and hygiene legislation operate pumping equipment ensure equipment maintenance label samples chemistry ensure equipment availability risks associated to physical, chemical, biological hazards in food and beverages maintain water treatment equipment liaise with colleagues biology set up equipment for food production operate centrifuges work in a food processing team liaise with managers maintain desalination control system collect samples for analysis operate hydraulic machinery controls monitor centrifugal separators follow water supply schedule maintain tanks perform water chemistry analysis perform water testing procedures water chemistry analysis maintain water distribution equipment use personal protection equipment

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