MOS 1171 Water Support Technician

MOS 1171 Water Support Technician

MOS Description

Water Support Technicians install, operate, inspect, and perform preventive and corrective maintenance on pumps, water purification equipment, water storage/distribution systems, and laundry and shower facilities. They conduct and evaluate water surveys, water reconnaissance, and water quality analysis as well as establish, maintain, and close sanitation systems. When on Humanitarian Assistance and Civil Military Operations these technicians also plan, install, and repair the plumbing systems of structures. These duties include cutting, bending, and threading pipes; joining pipes using screws, bolts, fittings, solder, and plastic solvent; cleaning tanks; testing water to determine acidity, impurities, turbidity, and conductivity; and regulating the flow of raw water for treatment while mixing it with specified amounts of chemicals in the purification process. Corporal through Staff Sergeant are afforded the opportunity to attend a skill progression course the Advanced Water Support Technician course (M03UAC2) that provides in-depth instruction on the requirements of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and the planning of water support. An apprenticeship program, leading to U.S. Department of Labor certification as a Journey Worker, is available to Water Support Technicians under the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP).

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

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Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

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Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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