Water, waste and recycling

Water, waste and recycling

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Water Process Technician Level 3

Water Process Technicians perform reactive and routine maintenance on equipment to ensure safe and efficient operations, supporting other disciplines as necessary.

The Water Process Technician Apprenticeship, has five different discipline areas:-

  • Water Treatment Technician
  • Wastewater Treatment Technician
  • Water Distribution – Network Technician
  • Water Distribution – Leakage Technician
  • Wastewater (Sewerage) Network Technician

This apprenticeship will typically take up to 48 months.

The Water Process Technician Apprenticeship, has five different discipline areas:-

  • Water Treatment Technicians are crucial to the water companies for ensuring that the water supply to the public (both domestic and business users) is safe and conforms to the Drinking Water Quality Standards. Through the use of a variety of methods, the water treatment technician will need to use water treatment theories and principles to make sure that processes are maintained.
  • Wastewater Treatment Technicians are crucial to the water companies because they ensure that the waste water from people’s homes and businesses is treated to the required standards before being returned back into the environment. Through the use of a variety of processes, the wastewater treatment technician will need to use wastewater treatment theories and principles to make sure that processes are maintained.
  • Water Distribution – Network Technicians are responsible for making sure that the water networks are running properly and without leaks. They make sure the water being provided to our houses is maintained at an expected level by carrying out analysis of the water pressures and flows in order to detect any leakage and they would investigate where problems occur and utilise hydraulic theories and principles in order to carry out fault diagnosis on the water networks.
  • Water Distribution – Leakage Technicians are responsible for making sure that the water networks are running properly and without leaks. They make sure that water being provided to our houses is maintained at an expected level by using Company systems to identify potential and actual leakage and plan and carry out leakage performance monitoring activities to restore the network to its normal operating condition.
  • Wastewater (Sewerage) Network Technicians operate the systems and equipment that Water Companies use to treat raw water so that it can be supplied to their customers.  They will operate water treatment processes like chemical dosing, filtration and disinfection.

To read the full details of the published Apprenticeship Assessment Plan please click here.

When this apprenticeship was designed, employer groups worked together to produce a set of units and rules of combination that can be used in support of the on-programme journey. A summary of these units can be accessed here.  If you would like to find out more, please contact us at units@euskills.co.uk.


Utilities Engineering Technician Level 3

Utilities engineering technicians create and test technological equipment for consumer and commercial use. In the utilities industry, engineering technicians focus on equipment used for producing and maintaining water supplies, electricity, hydraulic power, nuclear power and natural resources.

The Utilities Engineering Technician apprenticeship has three different disciplines:

  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Instrumentation, Control and Automation Technician

This apprenticeship will typically take up to 48 months.

  • Electrical Engineering Technicians in the Utilities industry will have to access a variety of different sites in order to install, maintain, test and repair electrical equipment.  They will have to utilise electrical theories and principles to test equipment for voltage, current and earth resistance in order to make sure the equipment functions properly.
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians analyse work using the principles of motion, energy and force, ensuring that designs function safely, efficiently and reliably, all at a competitive cost. They may design a component, a machine, a system or a process, ranging from macro to micro, from the largest systems to the smallest components, and this requires that mechanical engineers’ education and learning is versatile.
  • Instrumentation, Control and Automation Technicians provide an extensive set of technical skills to deliver instrumentation and control solutions within the water industry.  They carry out planned and reactive maintenance of instrumentation, control and automation equipment, fault finding and repairs, ensuring that all work is carried out in line with statutory and regulatory guidelines associated with the water industry and electrical, mechanical and instrumentation standards.

To read the full details of the published Apprenticeship Assessment Plan please click here.

When this apprenticeship was designed, employer groups worked together to produce a set of units and rules of combination that can be used in support of the on-programme journey. A summary of these units can be accessed here.  If you would like to find out more, please contact us at units@euskills.co.uk.


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