Water Tender

Tend pumps that maintain level of water in boilers.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Water Tenders do?

Tends pumps that maintain level of water in boilers: Reads boiler gauges to ascertain need for water. Opens valves and starts boiler-feed water pumps to supply water, or adjusts controls to start pumps automatically when water level reaches specified point. Observes operation of pumps to detect malfunctions. Tests water to determine suitability for boiler use or obtains sample for laboratory analysis. Adds specified chemical to condition boiler water. May clean boilers. May tend evaporator to purify water.


Should I be a Water Tender?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Warper Tender, Wick Tender

    How to become a Water Tender

    Water Tenders generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Water Tender-related education!
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