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Water Treatment Specialist (92W): Army Careers

Water Treatment Specialist (92W)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level


Water treatment specialists are primarily responsible for supervising or performing the installation and operation of water purification equipment, as well as dealing with water storage and distribution operations and activities. They also inspect facilities and food supplies for the presence of disease, germs or other conditions hazardous to health and the environment.

Job Duties

  • Perform water quality analysis testing and verification
  • Assist in water reconnaissance and site preparation
  • Operate and maintain water treatment equipment
  • Assist in setup of water treatment activity


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Job training for a water treatment specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 14 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field, including practice in testing different products.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Identification of health hazards
  • Inspection of food products, food service operations, wastewater and waste disposal facilities

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in algebra, biology, chemistry and general science
  • High attention to detail
  • Interest in protecting the environment

Required ASVAB Score(s)

General Maintenance (GM) : 88

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with local, state or federal government agencies. You’ll be able to consider a future as a food and drug inspector, public health inspector, health and safety inspectors or industrial hygienists.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

  • AT&T, Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Time Customer Service, Inc.
  • Walgreen Co.

SFC Michael Myer: During humanitarian missions or natural disasters there’s a lot of impurities in the water, debris and obstacles that this machine might encounter in order to purify the water. But due to the current technology that we have, we’re able to do this without too much of a hassle. Even if there’s no electricity in the local city, it’s self-sustained and you’ll be able to help the local populace with providing them with drinking water.

SGT Paul Kindzierski: We unpack the machine, we initially setup by putting our dolphin strainer into the river. We establish power, start up the generator, we establish our air pressure by firing up the air compressor and we energize the machine and start producing potable water.

SPC Kristopher Martin: You’re going to be doing a lot of work that’s keeping an Army moving as a 92 Whiskey. Nobody really notices it, nobody thinks about ‘oh, whose purifying my water, how am I getting water, that’s like ok cool. I got water to cook my food.’ They don’t really care, but you know you’re doing your job as a 92 Whiskey because nobody’s getting sick they don’t even have to care where the water is coming from because you got it for them. They are ready to go, you’re keeping them moving.

SGT Paul Kindzierski: Everybody needs water; water is the substance of life.