Waterworks Pump-Station Operator

Operate pumping equipment to transfer raw water to treatment plant.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $64,000

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What do Waterworks Pump-Station Operators do?

Operates pumping equipment to transfer raw water to treatment plant, or distribute processed water to residential, commercial, and industrial establishments: Turns valves, pulls levers, and flips switches to operate and control turbine- or motor-driven pumps that transfer water from reservoir to treatment plant, or to transfer processed water to consumer establishments. Reads flowmeters and gauges to regulate equipment according to water consumption and demand. Inspects equipment to detect malfunctions, such as pump leaks or worn bearings. Repairs and lubricates equipment, using handtools. Records data, such as utilization of equipment, power consumption, and water output in log. May operate equipment to treat and process raw water [WATER-TREATMENT-PLANT OPERATOR]. May test water for chlorine content, alkalinity, acidity, or turbidity to determine potability of water, following color analysis standards. May operate hydroelectric equipment to generate power.

Should I be a Waterworks Pump-Station Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Activated-Sludge Operator, Filtration Operator, Pump-And-Blower Operator, Pump-Station Operator, Waterworks See More

    How to Become a
    Waterworks Pump-Station Operator

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