Water and waste treatment plant operators

Water and waste treatment plant operators

NOC
9243

Monitor and operate control systems and equipment in water and wastewater treatment plants, and water distribution and wastewater collection systems.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

28
 

Median Hourly Wage

$25.00
$15.00
Low
$31.42
High

Median Salary

$55,883
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

241
 

% Working Full Time

90%
 

% Working Full Year

67%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Water treatment 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. Liquid waste plant operators 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 wastes. They are employed by municipal governments and industrial facilities.

Main Duties

Water treatment plant operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and monitor computerized control systems and related equipment in water filtration and treatment plants to regulate the treatment and distribution of water
  • Monitor and inspect plant equipment and systems to detect equipment malfunctions and to ensure plant systems are operating normally
  • Read flow meters, gauges and other recording instruments to measure water output and consumption levels, bacterial content, chlorine and fluoride levels
  • Collect and test water samples for chemical and bacterial content, analyze test results and instrument readings and make adjustments to plant equipment and systems to ensure quality control
  • Provide verbal or written instructions for process control changes to waterworks system to ensure water produced meets standardized quality requirements
  • Perform security checks in plant and on grounds
  • Respond to public enquiries regarding water quality issues and emergencies
  • Complete and maintain plant logs, reports and statistics
  • May perform minor maintenance or assist skilled tradespersons with installation and repair of plant machinery
  • May measure, mix and transport chemicals to maintain feed stocks.

Liquid waste plant operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and monitor computerized control systems and related equipment in wastewater treatment, sewage treatment and liquid waste plants to regulate the flow of sewage through settling, aeration and digestion tanks, and to treat and dispose of sewage and wastes
  • Patrol plant to check pumps, motors, filters, chlorinators and other plant equipment; monitor and read gauges, meters and other recording instruments to detect equipment malfunctions and ensure plant systems and equipment are operating within prescribed limits
  • Test and adjust chemical feed rates to ensure that disinfection processes meet quality standards
  • Collect waste and sewage samples, test and analyze results and make adjustments to plant equipment and systems as required
  • Perform security checks in plant and on grounds
  • Complete and maintain plant logs and reports
  • Perform preventive maintenance on plant equipment to ensure that the facility operates in accordance with required standards
  • May assist skilled tradespersons with installation and repair of plant machinery.

Also Known As

  • environmental systems operator - water treatment
  • liquid waste process operator
  • sewage plant operator
  • waste treatment plant operator
  • wastewater treatment plant operator
  • water filtration plant operator
  • water purification plant operator
  • water treatment plant operator
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • College or industry training courses in chemistry, pollution control or related subjects are usually required.
  • Certification in water treatment and distribution (level according to the classification of the plant) is required for water treatment plant operators.
  • Drinking water certification is required in Quebec and Ontario for operators whose work involves water treatment and distribution.
  • Certification in wastewater collection and wastewater treatment (level according to the classification of the plant) is required for wastewater treatment plant operators.
  • Solid waste, landfill or compost facility operator certification may be required for operators in waste treatment plants.
  • Certification in workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS), transportation of dangerous goods (TDG), and courses in safety practices may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • Previous experience as a worker in the water treatment or wastewater field may be required.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

9.6%
Female
90.4%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

3.9%
15-24
11.5%
25-34
25.0%
35-44
34.6%
45-54
25.0%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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13.2%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
20.8%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
13.2%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
43.4%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
9.4%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

44.2%
Public administration
21.2%
Manufacturing
15.4%
Utilities
19.2%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

20.80%
Northeast
11.30%
Southeast
34.00%
Southwest
24.50%
Central
9.40%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$56,044
Northeast
$61,554
Southeast
$56,178
Southwest
$57,639
Central
$50,990
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$55,883

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$59,159

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$55,883

Newfoundland

$61,730

Prince Edward Island

$40,382

Nova Scotia

$51,080

Canada

$61,653
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

28
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

0
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

29
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

91
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

93