How to become a water treatment worker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of maths
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- to be flexible and open to change
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of physics
- the ability to work on your own
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- knowledge of public safety and security
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- operating equipment to treat sewage
- cleaning and maintaining tanks and filters
- adding chemicals and microbes to treat water
- taking readings and keeping accurate records
- checking drinking water samples for quality
You could work in a control room.
Your working environment may be dirty, physically demanding, cramped, at height and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a team leader. With further training, you could become an engineering technician or a water engineer.