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SOC: 51-8031 Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System
Operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or liquid waste.
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Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Add chemicals, such as ammonia, chlorine, or lime, to disinfect and deodorize water and other liquids. Inspect equipment or monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauges to determine load requirements and detect malfunctions. Collect and test water and sewage samples, using test equipment and color analysis standards. Record operational data, personnel attendance, or meter and gauge readings on specified forms. Operate and adjust controls on equipment to purify and clarify water, process or dispose of sewage, and generate power. Maintain, repair, and lubricate equipment, using hand tools and power tools. Clean and maintain tanks, filter beds, and other work areas, using hand tools and power tools.
License: This application should submit a completed application, with appropriate fees to the State Board of Environmental Management. Submit the above at least 30 days prior to the date of the examination. Be a high school graduate or have a GED in order to take the examination. After a passing examination score, applicants will be an intern. Application Fee for Certification: $125.00 Application Fee for Examination: $325.00
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $15.42   Entry $32,092.00
Mean $22.06   Mean $45,870.00
Experience $25.37 Experience $52,759.00

The data is based on the May 2016 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2017.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2014Projected Employment 2024Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
1,9402,03060.45
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