Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprenticeship

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*Statistics retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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What does a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator do?

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators run the equipment, control the biological and chemical processes, and monitor the systems that remove pollutants from residential, commercial, and industrial wastewater. Once treated, the wastewater is safe to return to streams, rivers, or oceans, or use for irrigation.

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What are the working conditions?

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators work both indoors and outdoors. They are often exposed to unpleasant odors and often work in areas that are difficult to access. Plants operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Operators in small plants are likely to work during the day and be on call nights and weekends. Operators in medium and large-size plants work in shifts to constantly monitor and control the plant. All operators are likely to work more during severe weather conditions.

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How is the training structured?

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What are the application requirements?

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What skills should I possess?

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Additional Resources

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Sources: Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions, Bureau of Labor Statistics, ONET Online

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