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Occupational Report for Water and Liquid Waste 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 liquid waste.

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Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators
Employment Outlook for Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2010 was at about the statewide average for all occupations. This occupation is expected to grow at a much slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2020. The total number of job openings is projected to be at about the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2020.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers largely due to the need to fill replacement job openings.

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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators There are 6 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 6 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Utility Worker I 4/11/14 Lowell $2,770/mo to $3,536/mo DOE
Operator 2 - Wilsonville, OR 4/11/14 Wilsonville
Wastewater Operations Supervisor 4/4/14 Eugene $55,619/yr to $69,306/yr
Water Utility I 4/3/14 Roseburg $15.14/hr to $19.77/hr DOE
Public Works Director 3/18/14 Reedsport $51,262/yr DOE
Water Distribution Operator II 3/11/14 Happy Valley $41,600/yr to $52,000/yr DOE
Job Openings from the Web for Water and Liquid Waste 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 6 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 6 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Operator 2 - Wilsonville OR 4/9/14 Wilsonville CH2M Hill
Water Treatment (1110_10083802) 4/5/14 Roseburg Roseburg Oregon Area Jobs
Water Treatment Plant Operator II - Water Division 4/3/14 Ashland City of Ashland
Wastewater Operator 3/28/14 Portland Cintas Corporation
Grade 1 Waste Water Operator 3/28/14 Hood River HKA Enterprises Inc.
Wastewater Operator 2/28/14 Portland Cintas
Wages for Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators
Region ---------------- 2013 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $16.53 $20.23 $24.39 $28.36 $32.60 $24.29 $50,521
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 19.35 20.76 23.10 26.75 29.23 23.57 49,022
Multnomah / Washington 19.63 24.12 27.11 30.25 34.78 26.57 55,263
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 15.88 20.50 25.10 27.82 29.44 23.76 49,419
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 19.36 21.24 24.33 29.16 34.17 24.96 51,916
Lane 14.30 24.40 30.34 33.94 36.11 27.94 58,109
Douglas 15.66 16.68 18.37 22.66 26.47 19.70 40,971
Coos / Curry 15.63 19.29 21.29 23.29 26.69 21.02 43,728
Jackson / Josephine 16.17 21.04 25.34 28.11 29.80 24.13 50,183
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 16.94 20.03 24.02 27.38 29.44 24.62 51,208
Morrow / Umatilla 17.82 19.83 21.93 25.32 31.85 23.07 47,983
Baker / Union / Wallowa 13.28 15.84 18.89 22.39 26.26 19.37 40,296
Clackamas 17.29 19.99 23.03 27.49 32.70 24.75 51,477
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Regional Employment Projections for Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2010 2020 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 1,081 1,138 57 5.3% 6 29 34
Multnomah / Washington 216 228 12 5.6% 1 6 7
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 131 136 5 3.8% 1 4 4
Clackamas 99 103 4 4.0% 0 3 3
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 87 94 7 8.0% 1 2 3
Lane 83 85 2 2.4% 0 2 2
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 79 81 2 2.5% 0 2 2
Jackson / Josephine 76 81 5 6.6% 1 2 3
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 70 74 4 5.7% 0 2 2
Douglas 66 68 2 3.0% 0 2 2
Morrow / Umatilla 59 63 4 6.8% 0 2 2
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 39 43 4 10.3% 0 1 2
Coos / Curry 34 35 1 2.9% 0 1 1
Grant / Harney / Malheur 32 34 2 6.2% 0 1 1
Klamath / Lake 29 29 0 0.0% 0 1 1
Baker / Union / Wallowa 23 24 1 4.3% 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 Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators
Industry
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Ownership 2010
Employment
Utilities Private 138
Manufacturing Private 38
Food Manufacturing Private 18
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing Private 14
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Private 14
Real Estate Private 14
Lessors of Real Estate Private 14
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 16
Administrative and Support Services Private 16
Employment Services Private 14
Utilities Local 144
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Local 11
Water, Sewage and Other Systems Local 133
Public Administration Local 694
Executive, Legislative, and Other General Government Support Local 675
Administration of Environmental Quality Programs Local 19
Educational Requirements for Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators Workers typically need a postsecondary non-degree award to enter this occupation. 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 Liquid Waste 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 Liquid Waste 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 Liquid Waste 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 Liquid Waste 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%