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Mechanical Technologist Certification

Mechanical Technologists

Under general direction, Mechanics perform preventive, routine and emergency maintenance and repair of a variety of heavy and light equipment, related systems and components. This precision work requires mathematical and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to use complex tools and equipment.

Skilled machinists are in demand today, and demand will continue to grow as Baby Boomers retire from the workforce. Job opportunities will be available in a number of industries, including the water and wastewater industries, which benefit both communities and the environment. This vocation represents a real employment opportunity for individuals with the interest, aptitudes, and skills to obtain the multiple years of specialized technical training needed.


Examples of MechTech exam topics

These are a few basic examples of the competencies necessary to become certified:

  • Assist in fabrication used to maintain plant facilities and equipment using welding equipment, heating and cutting materials and familiarity with metal working tools
  • Understanding of engine principles perform basic engine maintenance
  • Understanding of pump principles to perform maintenance on centrifugal, positive displacement, and vacuum pumps
  • Understand and perform the basic operations and maintenance of compressors and
  • Conduct basic operation and maintenance of pipelines and valves
  • Safely and effectively repair and maintain process equipment and related
  • Maintain industry safety standards and regulations pertaining to CCR Title 8
  • Perform shop mathematics and use formulas for pumps, horsepower, flow rates, volume and more
  • And more

For a more detailed exam blue print and outline, click on the "Prepare" tab.

MechTech grade levels

There are four MechTech grade levels and a typical career ladder:

  • Grade 1 Entry Level
  • Grade 2 Journey
  • Grade 3 Lead
  • Grade 4 Manager

CWEA offers voluntary certifications for water professionals.

The State Water Board's program is a mandatory certification for Drinking water treatment, distribution and wastewater operators. In order to work as an operator you must pass the State's exam.

Many California water agencies use CWEA's certifications of professional competence as part of their hiring and promotional process. Some agencies require this certification for employment. Some agencies also provide a pay bump for achieving CWEA certifications and pursuing higher grade levels. Be sure to ask your employer.

CWEA's mission is to increase the effectiveness of water professionals through certification, education and advocating for the profession.

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