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Occupational Report for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators (51-8031) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.

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Employment Outlook for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was at about the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be at about the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers.

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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators There are 11 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 11 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Lead Operator - Coos Bay, OR 10/31/14 Coos Bay
Wastewater Operator - Wastewater Technician 1 / 2 10/28/14 Eugene
Class I Oregon Licensed Waste Water Operator 10/27/14 Coos Bay $18.00/hr DOE
Grade I Oregon Licensed Water / Waste Water Operator w/Class B CDL 10/22/14 Boring $18.00/hr DOE
Waste Water Treatment Operator - Clackamas,OR 10/19/14 Clackamas DOE
Wastewater Collection-Surface Water Management System Leadworker 10/7/14 Corvallis $25.14/hr to $34.02/hr
Organic Recovery Unit Heavy Equipment Operator-1500.00 sign on bonus 10/7/14 Arlington
Liquid Industrial Waste System Technician 9/26/14 Hillsboro
Water & Wastewater Operator 1 8/18/14 Gold Hill $15.00/hr to $15.75/hr DOE
Operator - Emulsions 8/12/14 Portland
Wastewater Collections Lead Operator 8/6/14 Harbor $19.00/hr to $23.00/hr DOE
Job Openings from the Web for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 13 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 13 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Lead Operator - Coos Bay OR 10/28/14 CH2M Hill
Class I Oregon Licensed Waste Water Operator 10/28/14 Coos Bay
Class I Oregon Licensed Waste Water Operator 10/27/14 Coos Bay HKA Enterprises Inc.
Class I Oregon Licensed Waste Water Operator 10/27/14 Coos Bay
Environmental Services Operator 10/24/14 Albany Ati
Wastewater Operator - Wastewater Technician 1 / 2 10/24/14 Eugene City of Eugene
Grade I Oregon Licensed Water / Waste Water Operator w/Class B CDL 10/23/14
Grade I Oregon Licensed Water Operator w/Class B CDL 10/22/14
Grade I Oregon Licensed Water/Waste Water Operator w/Class B CDL 10/22/14 HKA Enterprises Inc.
WATER DISTRIBUTION OPERATOR I OR II 10/13/14 Happy Valley
Organic Recovery Unit Heavy Equipment Operator-1500.00 sign on bonus 10/3/14 Arlington Waste Management
Liquid Industrial Waste System Technician 9/24/14 Hillsboro Intel
Utility Operator - Solenis 8/8/14 Portland Solenis
Wages for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $15.80 $20.28 $24.85 $28.71 $33.27 $24.50 $50,951
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 20.26 22.60 25.18 27.71 29.22 24.87 51,739
Multnomah / Washington 19.40 24.50 27.95 32.14 35.87 27.18 56,539
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 15.80 19.86 25.00 27.93 29.68 23.57 49,022
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 19.99 22.45 26.17 30.01 33.94 26.06 54,199
Lane 10.87 21.19 30.43 34.28 36.59 26.71 55,551
Douglas 14.54 16.47 18.79 21.99 25.39 19.26 40,063
Coos / Curry 13.12 15.06 20.35 22.56 24.10 19.37 40,295
Jackson / Josephine 16.40 20.91 25.04 27.85 29.88 24.06 50,042
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 16.83 19.86 24.32 27.71 29.73 25.07 52,144
Klamath / Lake 18.71 19.98 22.16 26.20 30.19 23.15 48,172
Morrow / Umatilla 19.08 20.54 22.99 28.06 31.79 24.21 50,360
Grant / Harney / Malheur 13.64 15.48 17.59 20.31 22.33 17.69 36,784
Clackamas 17.40 20.22 23.94 28.75 35.03 25.78 53,620
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Regional Employment Projections for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 1,101 1,186 85 7.7% 8 39 47
Multnomah / Washington 161 176 15 9.3% 2 6 8
Clackamas 126 133 7 5.6% 1 4 5
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 125 129 4 3.2% 0 4 4
Lane 84 90 6 7.1% 1 3 4
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 83 90 7 8.4% 1 3 4
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 82 86 4 4.9% 0 3 3
Douglas 67 71 4 6.0% 0 2 2
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 60 62 2 3.3% 0 2 2
Jackson / Josephine 56 59 3 5.4% 0 2 2
Morrow / Umatilla 52 56 4 7.7% 0 2 2
Coos / Curry 40 42 2 5.0% 0 1 1
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 31 33 2 6.5% 0 1 1
Grant / Harney / Malheur 29 31 2 6.9% 0 1 1
Klamath / Lake 27 27 0 0.0% 0 1 1
Baker / Union / Wallowa 26 28 2 7.7% 0 1 1

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 1,101
Total All Industries Private 236
Utilities Private 148
Water, Sewage and Other Systems Private 146
Manufacturing Private 51
Food Manufacturing Private 26
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing Private 22
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 11
Administrative and Support Services Private 11
Employment Services Private 11
Total All Industries Local 844
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Local 22
Water, Sewage and Other Systems Local 160
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 662
Educational Requirements for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators The typical entry level education for this occupation is a postsecondary non-degree award. In addition, long-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
  • Apply Basic Plumbing
  • Apply Chemical Laboratory Tests
  • Apply Chemistry Theory
  • Apply Emergency Non-Medical Procedures
  • Apply Hydraulics Principles
  • Apply Hydronics (Pumping) Principles
  • Apply Knowledge Of Ventilation Systems
  • Apply Knowledge Of Water Systems
  • Apply Mathematics To Statistical Modeling
  • Apply Plumbing Systems Knowledge
  • Apply Pressure Vessel And Piping Technology
  • Apply Safe Waste Disposal Procedures
  • Apply Statistical Methods
  • Complete Safety Reports
  • Follow Hazardous Materials Specifications
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Investigate And Resolve Customer Problems
  • Maintain Consistent Quality
  • Maintain Repair Records
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Monitor Temperature Gauges And Thermometers
  • Operate And Maintain Water Treatment Equipment
  • Operate Chemical Control Equipment
  • Operate Compressors
  • Operate Power Driven Pumps
  • Operate Precision Measuring Devices, Tools And Equipment
  • Operate Two-Way Radio
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Read And Understand Operating Manuals
  • Read Plumbing Specifications
  • Read Schematics And Specifications
  • Understand Properties Of Gases And Liquids In Production, Processing And Manufacturing
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Laboratory Equipment For Water Quality Assessment
  • Use Pressure Gauges
Schools and Training Providers for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: (541) 917-4999
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Blue Mountain Community College
Clackamas Community College
Lane Community College
Linn-Benton Community College
Mt Hood Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Plant And System Operators, All Other 55%
Chemical Plant And System Operators 55%
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, And Gaugers 51%
Gas Plant Operators 46%
Chemical Equipment Operators And Tenders 36%
Power Plant Operators 32%