Wastewater Treatment Plant Attendant

Tend equipment used to decontaminate wastewater.
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Salary Range
$32,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Wastewater Treatment Plant Attendants do?

Tends pumps, conveyors, blowers, chlorinators, vacuum filters, and other equipment used to decontaminate wastewater by settling, aeration, and sludge digestion: Removes obstructions, such as coarse materials from bar-screens, to accelerate influent through initial screening process. Adjusts pipe valves to regulate flow velocity through settling tanks to separate sludge by sedimentation. Turns air and steam valves to aerate effluent, and to control temperature in sludge digestion tanks. Observes temperature gauges to determine lubrication of equipment. Reads charts, flow meters, and gauges to detect equipment malfunctions. Collects samples, makes process reports, and performs minor repairs on equipment as directed by WASTEWATER-TREATMENT-PLANT OPERATOR. May be designated according to station assignments as Activated-Sludge Attendant; Grit Station Attendant; Pump-And-Blower Attendant; Sludge-Control Attendant; Sludge-Filtration Attendant.

Should I be a Wastewater Treatment Plant Attendant?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Activated-Sludge Attendant, Blower-Room Attendant, Grit Station Attendant, Process Attendant See More

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