Water and Wastewater Technician

Water and Wastewater Technician



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:


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:

Other conditions: N/A

Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects


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


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 Journey Persons 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

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Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprenticeship Manitoba or visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/wd/apprenticeship/

Water and Wastewater Technician

Program Length (Minimum Years)

Water and Wastewater Technician: 4 years (1 + 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: 3,200 hours

Water Distribution Operator: 800 hours
Water Treatment Operator: 800 hours
Wastewater Collection Operator: 800 hours
Wastewater Treatment Operator: 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Water Distribution Operator: 6 weeks
Water Treatment Operator: 8 weeks
Wastewater Collection Operator: 6 weeks

Wastewater Treatment Operator: 8 weeks

Note: dependent on order of subcomponent trade taken

Additional Licensing

Yes: All four subcomponents require an Operator in Trainer License

Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

Successful completion of 8 Manitoba Conservation exams.


Minimum hours experience required

Successful completion of 2 Manitoba Conservation exams.

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available



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