Water Treatment Technician

Water Treatment Technician

Water treatment technicians perform daily monitoring of agricultural plant functions, which includes accessing the daily demands and making appropriate adjustments to meet those demands. They meticulously execute process sampling to accurately gauge and monitor levels. Additionally, they work closely with adjacent farming operations to insure land application of treated wastewater is compliant.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Be accountable for the day-to-day operations of the wastewater treatment
  • Execute process sampling to accurately gauge and monitor levels
  • Monitor wastewater operations
  • Analyze instantaneous and historical data to decide on needed operational adjustments
  • Assist operating management in the installation and maintenance of environmental compliance measures
  • Assist management in interpreting and applying technical regulatory requirements
  • Log all operational data and produce frequent reports
  • Troubleshoot process, instrumentation, data and mechanical problems
  • Perform basic maintenance, repair and calibration
  • Respond to any related emergencies
  • Work closely with adjacent farming operations to insure land application of treated wastewater is compliant
  • Monitor cost control measures for environmental compliance
  • Remain up-to-date on new developments in regulatory changes
  • Communicate effectively with plant management regarding all waste treatment¬†
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, physics, chemistry, natural resources, English and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
An associate degree in agriculture, environmental science or natural resources is required to become a water treatment technician. Technicians must also be certified with a Wastewater Operator Certification.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Water treatment technicians can work for a range of agricultural companies, processing plants, chemical plants, large animal production farms, grain elevators or government agencies.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • American Water Resources Association
  • World Association of Soil and Water Conservation
  • National Groundwater Association
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$38,000
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