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Apprenticeship training course

Water industry treatment process technician (level 3)

Maintain site process standards for water or wastewater.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Recycling technician
  • Sewage production operator
  • Treatment works controller
  • Wastewater process controller
  • Wastewater treatment process technician
  • Water process controller
  • Water process technician
  • Water production operator
  • Water treatment process technician
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Comply with (water or wastewater) industry regulations and procedures.
  • Follow alarm intervention procedures. Resolve alarm issues.
  • Inspect (planned) and check assets (reactive) and identify action.
  • Follow procedures to remove assets for routine maintenance and recommission.
  • Carry out validation or instrument checks of online equipment and identify action.
  • Monitor first line maintenance of process control equipment and instrumentation.
  • Identify issues. Apply fault-finding and problem-solving techniques: identify root cause. Resolve faults.
  • Consider, identify, and promote areas for improvement for example, in relation to quality, cost, time, safety, and impact.
  • Interrogate and interpret electronic control systems. For example, HMI or SCADA.
  • Use data monitoring and control systems to monitor and control equipment.
  • Inspect and check safety equipment: identify and take action.
  • Identify and instigate incident escalation procedures.
  • Apply site standards for housekeeping.
  • Conduct risk assessments: identify and document risks and hazards in the workplace. Apply control measures.
  • Comply with health and safety regulations and safe working practices and procedures.
  • Follow site security procedures.
  • Follow procedures for emergency situations.
  • Comply with environmental and sustainability regulations and requirements. For example, safe disposal of waste, re-cycling or re-use of materials, and efficient use of resources.
  • Apply principles of sustainable development. For example, in choice of materials.
  • Conduct and assess impact of activity for example, environmental, cost, reputation, safety, and health. Apply control measures.
  • Identify and escalate issues.
  • Read and interpret written information. For example, work instructions, and service level agreements.
  • Complete work records.
  • Use information technology. Follow cyber security procedures. Comply with GDPR.
  • Plan tasks. Identify and organise resources to complete work tasks.
  • Communicate verbally and in writing. For example, with colleagues, stakeholders, or others. Use water industry terminology where appropriate.
  • Liaise with, negotiate with, and handle conflict in individual or group environments.

Full information on Water industry treatment process technician (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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