Water and Wastewater Technician


$31,200 - $50,000



At a glance

Water and Wastewater Technicians are vital to almost every facet of the water and wastewater industry. They work with a wide variety of collection, treatment, and distribution systems and must be skilled in the operating systems for water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection, and wastewater treatment.

Using their technical skills and very specialized trade knowledge of codes, operating licenses and legislation, and technical skills, they ensure the safety of potable water and the safe processing of wastewater to meet public health, environmental, and consumer concerns.

A certified Water and Wastewater Technician is trained to:

  • Receive, store, distribute treated water, and read distribution flow meters
  • Monitor intake facility, sample and test water, and operate water treatment systems
  • Operate, maintain, repair, and install new pipeline system
  • Operate, maintain, and install new wastewater collection systems
  • Receive wastewater, sample and test wastewater, and service primary treatment systems
  • Service secondary treatment systems and tertiary treatment systems
  • Service residuals handling systems and disinfection systems
  • Apply, follow, and conform with legislation regulations and bylaws

Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Municipal water and wastewater facilities
  • Environmental departments in mines and other industries
  • Solid waste management facilities
  • Government

Other conditions: N/A

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Water and Wastewater Technician may be right for you!

  • Do you have strong mathematical skills?
  • Do you have good oral and written communication skills?
  • Are you an analytical thinker?
  • Are you good at problem solving?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for a Water and Wastewater Technician.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$40,000 - $50,000

For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/wdis/apprenticeship/discover/mbtrades/index.html


Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/wdis/apprenticeship/index.html

Water and Wastewater Technician

Program Length (Minimum Years)

Requires successful completion of each of the four subcomponent trades

Water and Wastewater Technician: 4 years (1 + 1 + 1)

Water Distribution Operator: 1 year

Water Treatment Operator: 1 year

Wastewater Collection Operator: 1 year

Wastewater Treatment Operator: 1 year

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

Water and Wastewater Technician: 800 hours

Water Distribution Operator: L1: 800 hours

Water Treatment Operator: L1: 800 hours

Wastewater Collection Operator: L1: 800 hours

Wastewater Treatment Operator: L1: 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Water Distribution Operator: Y1: 6 weeks

Water Treatment Operator: Y1: 8 weeks

Wastewater Collection Operator: Y1: 6 weeks

Wastewater Treatment Operator: Y1: 8 weeks

Note: dependent on order of subcomponent trade taken

Additional Licensing

Yes: All four subcomponents require an Operator In Trainer Licence

Water Distribution Operator:

Water Treatment Operator

Wastewater Collection Operator

Wastewater Treatment Operator

Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

Successful completion of 8 Manitoba Conservation exams.

Successful completion of 2 Manitoba Conservation exams.

Minimum hours experience required

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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