Tuesday, September 02, 2008

What’s it like to be a ...Water Treatment Engineer?

My job title is:
Leadership Program Associate

My actual position is:
Manager Trainee, Water Treatment Engineer. I also occasionally help with sales of specialty water treatment chemicals and capital (water treatment) equipment.

What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?

Writing reports, running tests on water, meeting with customers.  It’s pretty consistent throughout the year.  I’ve had this position for almost 21 months and continue to pick up more and more responsibility in dealing with customers.

What other, if any, positions have you held prior to your current job? How did you get to where you are now?
Temp Employee – 9 months (temped with the company right out of college)
Field Service Representative/Engineer – 8 months (hired full time as a field engineer, 100% travel)
Leadership Program Associate – 21 months (accepted into the company’s manager trainee program)

What kind of training/education did you have? What would you suggest? What qualifications/skills/attributes make someone successful in this position?
My degree was in Mechanical Engineering. I would suggest mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, biology, or environmental science.  Attributes that would make someone successful would be a willingness to learn, an interest in the environment, and a high degree of professionalism.

What are the rewards in your position? Challenges? What makes a good day for you?
What makes the job most rewarding is when a customer calls you with a problem and you are able to respond in a consultative way by using technical skills to solve that problem.

What trends or changes do you foresee in the next 5-10 years?
Huge growth in the industry both domestically and abroad.

What obstacles have you overcome to get to where you are today?
My first job was not very glamorous and involved a lot of manual labor.

Are there any web sites you would suggest for more information about your field?

http://www.awwa.org, http://www.wef.org

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 09/02 at 10:25 AM
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