Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator

Begin a dynamic career where no two days are alike by becoming a wastewater treatment plant operator (WWTPO). In this career field, you’ll monitor, operate and adjust a wide variety of systems used in the treatment of wastewater.

  • You’ll ensure your plant operates efficiently by monitoring lab data, charts and computer control systems. 
  • Earn up to $24 an hour as an established waste water treatment plant operator. 
  • Train for just two years with combined work on-the-job and in the classroom, totalling over 6,000 hours. 
  • Begin a rewarding career with no student debt--in fact, you’ll get paid to attend classes!


You must be at least 18-years-old, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, be able to physically perform the trade, handle loud noises and have a valid driver’s license.

Get Started as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprentice

You should apply directly to participating employers. Entry requirements vary by employer. Typically a WI DNR certification is required to apply for the job or you must take the WI DNR certification exam within the first six months of employment.

Once your contract is in place Gateway’s Apprenticeship department will communicate with  you regarding registration, classes and books.

If you need assistance getting started, Gateway’s Apprenticeship Department is happy to help.