Water pipes on side of building

Water Process Technician

Carrying out reactive and routine maintenance on water processing equipment, working on major water networks and treatment plants all over the country

How this role makes a difference

We’re fortunate in this country to be able to switch on our taps and have clean water come running through them. This doesn’t happen automatically; many processes are completed first to make sure our water is safe.

This involves major water networks and treatment plants across the country, and the maintenance of local water systems and pipes. Leaks need to be fixed and sewerage and wastewater must be controlled. You could be the technician who ensures our safe water supply keeps flowing.

The kind of work you’ll do

  • Planned and reactive maintenance of pipes, water systems, plants and equipment
  • Following procedures for water and wastewater treatment
  • Analysing and interpreting faults on equipment, instruments and IT systems
  • Implementing effective solutions to issues
  • Carrying out risk assessments
  • Travelling between sites in a vehicle equipped with technical instruments
Useful skills
Attention to detail
Useful skills
Useful skills
Logical thinking
Useful skills

What you can bring to the role

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Future career opportunities

After you’ve gained experience in your first role, you could specialise in a specific water process, whether that’s supporting water distribution through managing the network, addressing leaks, controlling sewerage, or treating water.

Over time you could manage a team, or design the strategies for network improvements to make sure water isn’t wasted.

How to get into this role

There’s no perfect career path or ideal way into your dream job.

But if you’re interested in education and training options that could be relevant to this role, you might want to consider:  

Schools and colleges each have their own career guidance plan and can provide detailed information, advice, and guidance on options and next steps.

A little more about the role

Exciting features...

The scale of the treatment plants you could work on means you’ll have physically active days, visiting sections to check operations, having monitored and analysed performance on computer systems. Alternatively, you could be out and about using testing equipment and instruments to find and diagnose faults.

Other job titles...

This role can also be known by some other job titles including:

Water Treatment Process Technician
Water Distribution Network Technician
Water Distribution Leakage Technician
Waste Water Sewerage Network Technician
Waste Water Treatment Technician
Production Technician

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