Water System Operator

City of Oceanside Water Utilities Department | Energy, Environmental, and Utilities

Average Wage for this Career

$58,000** *This figure represents the median wage for this career in San Diego County and not the wages of any specific interviewee

Occupational Outlook


About Wastewater Plant Operator

Meet Daniel Parker, Wastewater Plant Operator III, who tells us all about his role with the City of Oceanside Water Utilities Department. Reservoirs are maintained at levels to prevent any interruption of service to the public, and waterline repairs are made at all hours of the day or night. To be a wastewater plant operator, one must be detail-oriented and curious. The role requires the competencies of Checking, Examining, and Recording. This means that you are interested in entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/digital format, including adaptive devices and software. Daniel was able to start this job right out of high school. Learn more with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Water and Wastewater Competency Model.

Education Resources

Wastewater Plant Operator-in-Training Program
City of Oceanside

Water and Waste Water Technology Programs 
Palomar College

California Operator Training 
American Water College & CSU Fresno