Water and Waste Vacancies Water and waste jobs are varied roles that involve making sure that water is clean and safe for consumers, clearing used and contaminated water and maintain supplies to customers. Water and waste jobs are an ideal choice for those who prefer practical tasks. Technicians and operatives in water or sewage plants treat and clean water and dispose of sewage. Some of the typical duties in this line of work include: Cleaning and maintaining filters and septic tanks Treating water using microbes and chemicals Operating computerised and manual equipment Repairing equipment and reporting major faults Keeping accurate records of readings Adhering to strict safety procedures Checking the plant equipment and ensuring everything works efficiently and safely Designing sewer plant systems and flood defences Building structures to control water supplies Presenting technical data and project results Monitoring flood levels at periods of high risk Using computer simulations to predict potential problems Maintaining the water and sewage infrastructure Working hours for water and waste jobs differ from one role to the next. Some people have standard office hours from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Others will work shift patterns that will include working evenings, weekends and bank holidays. Typical work locations include water plants, sewage treatment plants, on-site locations, laboratories and offices. Salaries for water and waste jobs vary according to the role, experience and qualifications. Operatives and technicians have a starting salary of around £12,000 a year. Once qualified, they will earn between £18,000 and £25,000. Team leaders can earn up to £32,000 per annum. Water engineers have a starting salary of between £20,000 and £30,000. Senior engineers can earn between £30,000 and £45,000. Those in the most senior positions have the potential to earn in excess of £60,000. Entry requirements for water and waste jobs depend on the role. Some positions require no specific qualifications and you can learn as you work. Water technicians and operatives will often complete an Apprenticeship or an NVQ to qualify in their role while they work. On the other hand, a water engineer will need a degree in a science or engineering discipline. To become a chartered engineer you would need to complete an MSc in Engineering that is recognised by an appropriate engineering body. Water and waste jobs also need other skills and qualities from people who want to work in this field. These include: Excellent practical skills A good level of physical fitness Attention to detail The ability to follow instructions A willingness to work in all weather conditions Good observational skills A willingness to work unsociable hours The ability to plan, prioritise and meet deadlines The ability to cope with unpleasant substances and smells A clear understanding of health and safety issues and regulations The ability to work as part of a team Good communication skills The ability to work independently Water and waste jobs cover varied roles within the water and sewage industries. Your duties will depend on your role, but there is the opportunity for caree
A brief history of Glasgow The River Clyde is key to the growth of Glasgow from a small 6th century settlement to the biggest city in Scotland today, and the third biggest city in the United Kingdom. From a 6th century settlement to today There is evidence of a settlement on the River Clyde since prehistoric times, but it is Saint Mungo, the patron saint of the city who is famous for founding the city in the 6th century with the construction of a small church where Glasgow cathedral now stands. Bishop Jocelyn is credited with gaining the status of burgh for the city in the 12th century from King William, thus creating a cause for celebration which led to the creation of the Glasgow Fair, an event which still takes place today. The Scottish Englighteenment period Glasgow's biggest periods of growth which contributed to its size and status today were during the Scottish Enlightenment period and the Industrial Revolution. The Scottish Enlightenment was a period in which Glasgow, in particular, was recognised for its contribution towards philosophy, literacy and invention at a European level. It took place during the era of the signing of the Act of Union between England and Scotland as the two countries joined as part of Great Britain. The famous poet Robert Burns, philosopher and economist David Hume and economic pioneer Adam Smith who wrote the Wealth of Nations, were key drivers of the changes associated with this period in Glasgow's history. The Industrial Revolution The Industrial Revolution brought about a great number of changes to the city, notably along the River Cyde which was drained to make way for shipbuilding yards. The heart of the city was transformed by a deep river and the industries and wealth which grew and prospered from it, from cotton to glass production, to textiles, paper and soap. As well as new wealth, the Industrial Revolution impacted on the migration of people from the countryside to the city, thus determining the layout and construction of the city today. From hospitals to schools to housing, Glasgow retains signs of its Industrial Revolution history in its makeup today. Present day Glasgow Named European City of Culture in 1990, Glasgow today is a hub for finance, education, culture, arts, food and one of Scotland's most famous exports - Scottish whisky. There are several distilleries in and around the city which help contribute to the economic wealth of the city and its inhabitants.