Pros: decent pay, decent benifits, and a real sense of acccomplishment at the end of the day.
I have begun my career in wastewater at RWQCP. The job is good and the fellow employees are mostly made up of good hard working people who care about this industry. As in all companies, there are upsides and downsides. This plant is in the middle of a $250,000,000 expansion, and has great potential. Most of the management team is experienced and are willing to share their knowledge with fellow operators. Although there is always more to learn, I am constantly learning on the job. We rotate plants every other month from primaries/Secondarie's, to Tertiary/Final effluent, to solids handling.
A typical day in tertiary consist of reading SCADA to see where the plant is, making any necessary changes, putting certain dosing strantrol channels in manual to control chemicals while calibrating analyzers. Cleaning turbidity meters, backwashing filters, putting on or taking off filters and EQ Basins depending on flows and needs. Receiving chemical deliveries such as SBS, CL2, of Ferric Chloride, monitoring pumps and valves, gas masters and residuals. I also keep a daily log of all operational settings and changes as well as deliveries and any arising issues. Finally we brief the incoming shift of the same.
There are obviously different routines for solids, where we run belt presses, centrifuges, a DAF system, and digesters.
While at primaries we run bar screens, grit removal systems, primary clarifiers, pump stations and distribution boxes.
At secondaries we are in charge of aeration basins, secondary clarifiers, RAS/WAS distribution, Turblex blowers, pump stations, distribution boxes – more... and turbidity meters.
The hardest part of my job is probably not knowing the answers to every problem. I take my job very seriously and am one of those people that needs to know why things are happening, and how to prevent future issues.
The most enjoyable part of my job is that I do get to troubleshoot and solve issues. I have always believed that there are no real problems, only opportunities to grow and learn. I love to troubleshoot and resolve complications. I love my job because it is a job where you never stop learning, you get plenty of exercise, and you get to work with great people. – less