Water Quality Technician

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Water Quality Technician

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Duties vary significantly from job to job, but the following list includes typical job duties one might encounter as a water quality technician/technologist: Monitor drinking water parameters using field equipment, for example pH, conductivity, and total dissolved solids meters. Calibrate equipment and verify data. Perform distribution-system flushing operations. Collect and analyze samples. Organize water-sampling schedules. Perform water pressure tests for distribution systems using pressure-recording charts. Conduct bacteriological and chemical testing on samples collected using standard laboratory procedures. Monitor wells and other water sources. Enter and update data in testing and results databases.

Water Quality Technician

Employment of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators is projected to grow 8 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects are expected to be excellent.

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Water quality technicians/technologists are responsible for testing and monitoring water supplies and making certain water is safe. They perform a variety of technical duties, for example inspecting, sampling, monitoring, and testing, and work with both groundwater and surface water sources. Water quality technicians/technologists also routinely monitor compliance with federally and provincially mandated water quality requirements.

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If you are a high school student considering a career as a water quality technician/technologist, you should have strong marks or an interest in: *Chemistry *Biology *Mathematics *Computer ScienceIn most cases, the minimum education requirement to work as a water quality technician/technologist is a college technical diploma. If you are a post-secondary student considering a career as a water quality technician/technologist, the following programs are most applicable: *Chemistry *Water Resources *Environmental Technology *Environmental Science *Pure and Applied Science


Why is Biology important in this career?

Topics include an understanding of water distribution, techniques to assess chemical, biological and physical aspects of water quality.Water is the seed of biology, every organism needs water to survive, water quality techncians make sure that the water that is being consumed by this organisms is appropiated for them.

A. Qualify laboratory experience must include conducting routine analyses such as turbidity, total suspended solids and pH; or assisting chemists or biologists conducting more advanced analyses such as bioassays…B. Qualifying field experience must include collecting water samples; conducting analyses such as free and total chlorine, free ammonia and nitrite; and completing sample documentation and chain of custody records.



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