Key job categories in the water/wastewater industry

BAYWORK, a consortium of water and wastewater utilities in the Bay area, has identified seven mission-critical job categories. Water and wastewater utilities need well-trained candidates in all of these areas in order to meet their responsibilities to the communities they serve. The jobs listed and salary ranges provided vary from utility to utility.

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Veterans

BAYWORK knows military members are a great fit for the water and wastewater sector because of their technical expertise, dedication to mission and experience working in a regulated environment.

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Electrician

Maintains, repairs, tests, installs, modifies, calibrates, and trouble-shoots electrical equipment used in the facilities and systems of water and wastewater utilities.

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Electronic Maintenance Technician/Instrument Technician

Maintains, repairs, tests, installs, modifies, calibrates, and trouble-shoots electronic, pneumatic, and control equipment associated with the facilities and systems of water and wastewater utilities.

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Engineer

Plans, designs, constructs, operates and maintains water and wastewater utilities. Disciplines include chemical, structural, electrical, civil, environmental, and mechanical engineers.

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Machinist

Maintains mechanical equipment associated with water and wastewater transmission, distribution, storage, and treatment.

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Wastewater Treatment

Manages and controls the unit processes at a wastewater treatment plant. Usually requires Grade 3 certification by Regional Water Quality Control Board.

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Water Distribution

Operates water transmission and distribution systems (e.g., pumps and valves), often using a SCADA control system. Generally does not perform construction, maintenance, or plumbing work. D-3 certification from Department of Health Services is generally where the journey level starts.

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Wastewater Collections

Definition Wastewater Collections Operators are responsible for skilled tasks in the construction, maintenance, and repair of wastewater system facilities; operating a variety of light and moderately heavy power driven equipment; and ensuring public health and safety by preventing and/or responding to sewage overflows and blockages. They inspect, clean, maintain, construct, and repair wastewater collection systems…

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Water Treatment Operator

Manages and controls the unit processes at a water treatment plant.

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