What the job involves
- Water/waste water treatment operators operate water and waste water treatment plants and equipment
- Controlling the process that treats rain, ground and river water so it reaches an acceptable standard for human and industrial use
- Controlling the treatment and disposal of sewage and industrial waste water
Average salary range
- Trainee water/waste water treatment operators usually start on $30,000 to $40,000 a year.
- Skilled, qualified operators usually earn $40,000 to $70,000 or more.
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Kelvin Danielson - Water Treatment Operator
What was your pathway to become a Water Treatment Operator?
I came to Watercare with no previous experience, I was in retail prior. I began as a Water Technician and then Watercare paid for my Level 4 National Certificate in Wastewater. With this qualification alongside good performance, I became a Process Operator, looking over the water plant to ensure there are no issues in the processing of the waste water.
What are the future career prospects?
I am currently working towards a Level 5 diploma and becoming a Shift Process Supervisor so I can supervise other technicians and operators. With this industry you can go into leadership positions such as a Water Treatment Manager or an Operations Controller. You can also progress into engineering with qualifications.
What is the best thing about working as a Water Treatment Operator?
The opportunities, I didn’t realise Watercare would pay for my training. I’ve achieved lots and education is a good perk. I have my eyes set on moving up in the company, there’s definitely opportunities out there.
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