Water and Waste Plant Operators (9243)
Water and waste plant operators monitor and operate computerized control systems and related equipment in water filtration and treatment plants to regulate the treatment and distribution of water. They monitor and operate computerized control systems and related equipment in wastewater, sewage-treatment and liquid-waste plants to regulate the treatment and disposal of sewage and waste.
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Working with Others
Water and waste plant operators mainly work independently. Computerized control systems allow process monitoring at a distance from a control room. They may work with a partner, depending on factors, such as the size of the plant, safety requirements and whether or not they are working the night shift. They co-ordinate with others in the organization, such as supervisors, technicians and other operators, by phone and in person as required.
Water and waste plant operators have a need for ongoing learning to obtain and maintain certifications required by either their province or workplace. These include course work and prescribed hours of on-the-job experience. Most water and waste plant operators participate in off-site training activities at local colleges or by correspondence; some acquire new skills through training offered in the workplace. They also participate in safety training related to skills, such as working safely with chemicals and in confined spaces. Computer training is also important as plants continue to modernize their processes.