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Water/Wastewater Management



Water and wastewater treatment plants and system operators manage a system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.

Career Details


Students in Water/Wastewater Management are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Hands on training in many different types of water and wastewater management work
  • Gain experience in a variety of water management settings
  • Understand theoretical principles
  • Classify public water systems
  • Handle and dispose of water and wastewater
  • Observe state and federal water and wastewater regulations and monitoring

Career Options

Career Options

Most Water/Wastewater Management Job Corps graduates go to work as water and wastewater treatment operators, power plant distributors, utility planning specialists, or utility operations specialists.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to safety
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Monitoring skills

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National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.


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