Water network operatives look after the pipes, mains and pumping stations that supply homes and businesses with water.
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You’ll carry out planned maintenance work, and respond to emergencies like burst pipes and major leaks.
Your day-to-day duties could include:
There are no set entry requirements, but employers may ask for 3 to 5 GCSEs or equivalent including maths and English.
Experience of road working, construction or operating plant machinery could be helpful.
You may need a driving licence for some jobs.
You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.
Starter salary: £15,000 to £18,000
Experienced salary: £19,000 to £25,000
Overtime and shift allowances may increase your salary.
These figures are a guide.
You’ll work around 37 hours a week, plus any overtime if needed.
You’ll usually work a rota with a mixture of day shifts and some unsocial hours, as work is often carried out at night or the weekend to minimise disruption to traffic.
The work can be physically demanding and you’ll mainly work outdoors, in all weathers.
You’ll be provided with protective clothing and equipment.
With experience, you could progress to team leader.
With further training, you could become an engineering technician or water engineer.
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