Careers Career Paths Marine Corps Water Support Technician (MOS 1171) Share PINTEREST Email Print Susan Kinast / Getty Images Career Paths US Military Careers Technology Careers Sports Careers Sales Project Management Professional Writer Music Careers Media Legal Careers Government Careers Finance Careers Fiction Writing Careers Entertainment Careers Criminology Careers Book Publishing Aviation Animal Careers Advertising Learn More By Rod Powers Rod Powers Air Force NCO Academy Rod Powers was a retired Air Force First Sergeant with 22 years of active duty service. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 02/06/19 Water support technicians install, operate, inspect, and perform preventive and corrective maintenance on pumps, water filtration/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. MOS 1171 and Humanitarian Assistance When on Humanitarian Assistance and Civil-Military Operations, water support technicians also plan, install, and repair the plumbing systems of structures. These duties include: Cutting, bending, and threading pipesJoining pipes using screws, bolts, fittings, solder, and plastic solventCleaning tanks and filter beds using backwashingTesting water to determine acidity, impurities, turbidity, and conductivityRegulating the flow of raw water for treatment while mixing it with specified amounts of chemicals (i.e., alum, coagulate, chlorine, ammonia, and lime) in the filtration/purification process Noncommissioned officers are afforded the opportunity to attend the Advanced Water Support Technician course that provides in-depth instruction on the requirements of the Uniform Plumbing Code and the planning of water support. An apprenticeship program, leading to the U.S. Department of Labor certification as a Journey Worker, is available to water support technicians under the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP). USMC Water Support Technician Job Details and Requirements Must possess a Mechanical Maintenance, Construction, Utility, and Chemical Maintenance (hazmat) (MM) score of 95 or higherComplete the Basic Water Support Technician Course Corps Engineer School, Camp LeJeune, NCMust have normal color visionMust meet the physical requirements in Chapter 4 of TM 11275-15/4 Type of MOS: PMOS Rank Range: SSgt to Pvt Related Marine Corps Jobs: None. Related Department of Labor Occupation Codes The Dictionary of Occupational Titles standardized occupational information to support job placement activities. To properly match jobs and workers, the public employment service system requires that a uniform occupational language is used in all of its local job service offices. Plumber 862.381-030Laundry Worker 11 361.685-018Laundry Operator 369.684-014Laundry Machine Mechanic 629.261-010Pump Servicer 630.281-018Treatment Plant Mechanic 630.281-038Pump Installer 630.684-018Pump Station Operator, Waterworks 954.382-014Water Treatment Plant Operator 954.382-014 Civilian Credentials Related to Water Support Technician In the Marine Corps, credentials such as certifications and licenses are part of training. Credentials show that you meet important standards in your USMC job, but also that your skills are on par with those required in the civilian world. Credentials help you translate your military training and experience into resume-ready qualifications that employers can easily recognize. Having the credentials that are required for jobs in your field makes you more competitive in the job market and more likely to get hired. It makes transitioning back to civilian employment smoother. These credentials are related to the water support technician's training and may require additional education, training, or experience. Building Construction: Water/Wastewater Plants - Level ICertified in Plumbing Design (CPD)Certified Pump Installer (CPI)Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA)Certified Quality Technician (CQT)Certified Water Technologist (CWT)Commercial Plumbing Inspector - P2Distribution Operator - Class IPhysical/Chemical Industrial Waste Operator - Class IPlumbing Plans Examiner - P3Very Small Water System OperatorWastewater Laboratory Analyst - Class IWastewater Treatment Operator - Class IVWater Treatment Operator - Class I Information derived from MCBUL 1200, parts 2 and 3.