Water Quality Technologist
My career as a Water Quality Technologist really began in year 11 Biology, although it took me some time to truly figure out my path. While working as a dental assistant for 16 years, I completed a Bachelor degree in Science (Applied Science) with a major in biosciences (microbiology and analytical chemistry) as a mature aged student.
When I graduated, I was 34 and started work as a Water Quality Technologist at LMW a few months later as a graduate which really cemented my career in the water industry. My primary job at LMW is to ensure the urban tap water is safe to drink for all LMW customers from Merbein to Kerang, which involves testing & monitoring water quality from catchment to tap.
Other aspects of the job include wastewater testing and blue green algae monitoring, investigating water quality issues, as well as operating treatment plants to relieve our operators when needed.
Fourth Year Apprentice - Electrician
Jake’s career as an electrician started with Lower Murray Water in 2017. He was one of around 60 people vying for the apprenticeship position and was successful. Jake was stoked to get the role. “I’m very happy to be working in the water industry working with a well-known organisation,” he said.
Jake’s day-to-day tasks involve electrical maintenance and checks around the different water treatment plant sites. The intriguing electrical work means no two days are the same. “I really enjoy seeing the complexity of the water industry each day,” Jake said.
As his schooling was coming to an end, Jake took on several work experience placements in the
electrical and building trades. “Through these experiences, I found that electrical was best suited for me as I enjoy being outdoors and being hands-on,” Jake said.
The skills required for an apprentice electrician are great communication skills, problem-solving skills, hands-on skills, and some knowledge in the treatment process and electrical components of the water treatment cycle. Apprenticeships are all about learning from others while on the job. “I learn something new every day from my colleagues and others within the organisation,” Jake said.
Due to the COVID pandemic, Jake has had a few delays in finishing his apprenticeship but will be completing his last assessment in March 2022. He’s looking to go on to complete further qualifications in a Certificate IV in Instrumentation and Control.
In the future, Jake hopes to get into a leading hand or technical specialist role within Lower Murray Water.