Water and Sewage Treatment Plant Operators

Military Career

General Information

Description

Military bases operate their own water treatment plants, which provide drinking water and safely dispose of sewage when public facilities cannot be used. Water and sewage treatment plant operators control processes and equipment that remove pollutants from the water so that it is safe to drink and can be returned safely to natural areas or be reused. Water and sewage treatment plant operators run the equipment, control the processes, and monitor the plants that treat the water.

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Work Environment

Water and sewage treatment plant operators work indoors and outdoors. They may be exposed to strong odors.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Water, Sewage and Other Systems
  • Waste Treatment and Disposal
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Water and Sewage Treatment Plant Operators in the Military

2,848

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Salary

Average Salary

$45,344

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 41%
  • Post-secondary certificate 24%
  • Some college 20%
  • Associate's degree 12%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Water and sewage treatment plant operators in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Operation of water and sewage treatment systemsWater testing and analysisMaintenance and repair of pumps, compressors, and other equipmentIdentification of health hazardsInspection of food products, food service operations, wastewater, and waste disposal facilities

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Education and Training
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering and Technology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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