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Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator

Wastewater treatment plant operators (WWTPOs) monitor, operate, and adjust a wide variety of systems used in the treatment of wastewater. They control plant processes to ensure the plant operates effectively. They routinely monitor laboratory data, charts, and computer control systems, which indicate performance status of a wide variety of biological nutrient and chemical removal. 

General Information

Pay scale: $12.43- $32.60 per hour

Working conditions
WWTPOs work both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions. Proper safety gear is necessary because operators may be exposed to gases such as methane and hydrogen sulfide, hazard chemicals and materials, including those containing viruses and bacteria. They may also be exposed to noise from motors, pumps, engines, and generators.

General qualifications
Must be physically able to perform the trade and have a valid driver's license.

Length of training
3 years - 6000 hours, with 432 hours of paid related instruction and 5568 hours of on-the-job training.

Becoming a Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator

  • 18 years old.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Applicants apply directly to participating employers.
  • Entry Requirements vary by employer. (Typically a WDNR certification is required to apply for the job or you must take the WDNR certification exam within first 6 months of employment.)

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