How Do I Become a Water Superintendent?

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  • Written By: Jessica F. Black
  • Edited By: Shereen Skola
  • Last Modified Date: 08 August 2019
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A water superintendent is primarily employed by public service agencies, and most companies or organizations will require candidates have at least a bachelor's degree. Environmental science and civil engineering are two of the most common degree fields pursued in order to enter this profession. Previous experience in a related field may be required because many of the duties of this position are categorized as supervisory. Some of the duties may include training employees, evaluating employee performance, and overseeing various aspects of the water division. You may need at least three to five years related experience to become a water superintendent.

Although there are several types of bachelor's degrees that can help you become a water superintendent, most students opt to enroll in an environmental science program to get a head start on experience. Aside from general science courses, you may want to consider taking advanced courses including land dynamics, water and waste-water treatment, earth materials, and earth systems science. You may want to seek internships in water and sanitation management or other positions in water treatment facilities. These positions will allow you to familiarize yourself with the water treatment industry and assist supervisors with daily tasks.


Internships may last up to six months and you may be trained in hygiene and sanitation through water treatment plants. Most of these positions may require that you have completed several advanced courses in the field and you may want to begin looking at internship requirements during your first year of college. Many locations offer training programs in water management, which may certify you in several areas of water treatment and help you to become a water superintendent. Most of these programs may be ran by local government agencies and you should search for a training program through a government database.

In addition to training and education, you may need to accept an entry-level position after graduation before you may become a water superintendent. Many facilities offer this position through a series of promotions based on your proficiency in the field and your ability to supervise others. Aside from local government water divisions, you may also be able to seek employment at water plants and various private facilities. Many agencies may provide on-the-job training and may also require a probationary period of new employees. The procedures to enter this position may take time but your experience and display of leadership skills could expedite the process.



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