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Water and wastewater treatment plants and system operators manage a system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.

Career Details


Students in Water/Wastewater Management are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Hands on training in many different types of water and wastewater management work
  • Gain experience in a variety of water management settings
  • Understand theoretical principles
  • Classify public water systems
  • Handle and dispose of water and wastewater
  • Observe state and federal water and wastewater regulations and monitoring

Career Options

Most Water/Wastewater Management Job Corps graduates go to work as water and wastewater treatment operators, power plant distributors, utility planning specialists, or utility operations specialists.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a clean criminal record.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Renewable Resources and Energy training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
  • Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)
  • North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)

Water/Wastewater Management Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Commitment to safety
Monitoring skills

Training Facilities