Operators

Choose a Career that Matters and Help Utilities Protect Public Health

Certified operators are a critical part of providing an adequate and safe supply of water. Operators can work in water in a selection of capacities: water treatment, distribution, water collection, or wastewater. 

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The Operator Career FAQ

What is a certified operator?

A certified operator is an individual that works to ensure safe water. Operators can work in various areas, such as water, wastewater, distribution and reuse. These operators maintain equipment and processes to monitor and affect water as it moves through the treatment and distribution cycles.

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Why I Became an Operator

"I became an operator first and foremost because of my love of the environment and desire to be a part of protecting it."

“I love helping the people of NY in this capacity and look forward to explore other opportunities with them in the future or any other utility that will allow the opportunity for advancement.

“I like the thought of the stability, the serving my community aspect, the pay, vacation time, and being able to retire at 55.”


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Operator Career Snapshot

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Operator Licensing Requirements

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Operator Career Snapshot
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Guide to Operator Certification

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AWWA LEADS THE INDUSTRY IN OPERATOR CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING

The Water System Operations (WSO) series has been completely revamped and is easier to use for both students and trainers. Illustrated with full-color graphics, these guides also contain over 100 study questions, as well as access to additional online video resources. It is also the only book series that meets the latest ABC-Need-to-Know Criteria. 

Certification Preparation

Water Operator Certification Exam Prep Book
Water Operator Certification Exam Prep App
Wastewater Certification Study Guide

Certification Preparation - Math Help

Math for Water Treatment Operators
Math for Distribution System Operators
Math for Wastewater Operators

Operator Fundamentals

WSO Water Treatment, Grade 1
WSO Water Treatment, Grade 2
WSO Water Treatment, Grades 3 & 4
WSO Water Distribution, Grades 1 & 2
WSO Water Distribution, Grades 3 & 4

On-the-Job Training

Utility Management for Water and Wastewater Operators
Water Treatment Handbook
Water Distribution Handbook

 
 
 

Featured Operator Jobs

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