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Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Technicians
A high school diploma or its equivalent is required for a job as
a wastewater treatment plant operator or technician, and additional
specialized technical training is generally preferred for both
positions. A desirable background for this work includes high
school courses in chemistry, biology, mathematics, and computers;
welding or electrical training may be helpful as well. Other
characteristics that employers look for include mechanical aptitude
and the ability to perform mathematical computations easily. You
should be able to work basic algebra and statistics problems.
Future technicians may be required to prepare reports containing
statistics and other scientific documentation. Communications,
statistics, and algebra are useful for this career path. Such
courses enable the technician to prepare graphs, tables, sketches,
and diagrams to illustrate surveys for the operators and engineers
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