About This Career
Wastewater Technicians monitor and operate computerized control systems and their related equipment in wastewater, sewage treatment and liquid waste plants. They use a variety of technologies including filters and centrifuges, to remove dissolved and suspended solids, chemicals, salts and other impurities from the water used in oil and gas operations, in order to recycle and reuse as much water as possible.
Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required, in addition to any relevant water and wastewater operator certification. There are five certification levels for water and wastewater system operators and the size of the treatment plant typically dictates the level of operator required. Some employers and levels of certification require additional post-secondary training in water and wastewater technician, water engineering technology, water treatment technology or power engineering technology.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands and oil and gas services sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Environmental System Operator, Process Operator, Liquid Waste Plant Operator, Water Treatment Operator, Waste Facility Operator
- Lead Operator
Mild Physical Activity
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Plastics and rubber products manufacturing
- Chemical manufacturing
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Paper manufacturing
- Wood product manufacturing
- Utilities, including renewable energy
- Mining and quarrying
Exploration and production
Oil and gas services
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)
- Water and wastewater operator certification
- Standard and emergency first aid
- H2S Alive
- Some jobs may require Class 5 driver’s licence and a clean driving record
- Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test