Sewer and Waste Water Worker - Introduction to Water/Wastewater

Sewer and Waste Worker

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Do you enjoy working with your hands? Do you have strong problem-solving skills? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Sewer and Waste Worker training program. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Work in water treatment plants, which pump fresh water from wells, rivers, streams or reservoirs to treat and distribute it to customers 

  • Run the equipment, control the processes and monitor the plants that treat water to make it safe to drink 

  • Work to remove pollutants from domestic and industrial waste 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Sewer and Waste Worker graduates go to work as water and wastewater treatment operators, power plant distributors, utility planning specialists, or utility operations specialists. Graduates can work for municipal governments, federal agencies, private wastewater treatments plants or military installations. 

The credentials you will earn ...

This is the first level of basic training offered in the Water Treatment series. In the Sewer and Waste Worker training program, you will earn industry-recognized certifications, including:  

  • OSHA-10 Safety 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 

What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 

  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses 

  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests 

  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 

* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.