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Perfecting the foundation base of a journey is the key to success. Here at Ion Exchange, we provide training programs for both fresh high-school graduates who seek to operate in water treatment plants or graduates with higher diploma who pursue a career in managing a treatment plant. The highly trained professionals guiding the training are devoted to cultivate local competent assets able to operate, manage and improve the water treatment industry by making sure only the highest quality of servicing is provided whilst maintaining an accident/injury free environment.
These training programs were tailor-made to cater to the needs of the local market based on studies conducted alongside the Ministry of Manpower and research data provided by the National Centre for Statistics & Information. The curriculums were designed as two different training programs based on the career choice being pursed as can be seen below.

Operator / Technician

The specific tasks of plant operators vary depending on the size and kind of facility in which they work. Operators are usually responsible for frequently adding chemicals to disinfect water or other liquids. As well as examine equipment on a regular basis and monitor working conditions, gauges, and meters. Moreover, they collect and analyze sewage and water samples, as well as retain readings and operating data records. He or she is in charge of equipment that purifies water, or disposes of, or processes sewage. In general, however, cleaning and maintaining equipment, filter beds, tanks, and other work locations are responsibilities of a water treatment operator and here at Ion Exchange we train our operators to do just that with confidence.
Duration: 6 months
Education Level: High-school diploma
In this course we will:
  • Breakdown the water chemistry by discussing all physical and chemical properties of water as well as its characteristics.
  • Discuss all different stages and types of pretreatments ranging from chemical treatment to settling and filtration
  • Discuss the different types of membrane technologies such as reverse osmosis, ultra & nano filtrations.
  • Define wastewater recycle and zero discharge technology through a thorough analysis of a complete wastewater treatment roadmap.
  • Familiarize the trainee with the installation, commissioning and practical procedure for maintenance of all filters, softeners, demineralization systems, clarifiers, RO plants, degasser systems and STPs. Including and not limited to flushing where applicable, cleaning methods and frequency, system shutdown, regeneration of resin and system troubleshoot.
  • Cover the basics of electrical & instrumentation including the basics of PLC, circuit reading, calibration of instruments and operational safety.


A water & wastewater engineer will design, maintain and repair water & wastewater treatment systems. Designing all sorts of pumping systems and stations as well as sewers for the collection of wastewater. Usually the engineer is in-charge of constantly evaluating the operation and maintenance of different water or wastewater systems to identify possible ways to improve their efficiency. The engineer also provides direction and technical assistance to operators in order to ensure the safety of the operators whilst achieving the optimal efficiency of the process. We train our engineers to confidently suggest improvements to existing water treatment plants after running thorough analyses and studies to identify and characterize existing pollutants and their possible sources.
Duration: 12 months
Education Level: Bachelor’s degree
In addition to the technician/operator course, in this course we will also:
  • Develop communication skills through technical literacy and scientific writing by perfecting the different types of report writings (Laboratory, Estimate, periodic etc) alongside presentation skills such as public speaking and report presentations.
  • Introduce the digital world of computers by breaking down the different types of computers and available operating systems including fluency in DOS, I/O devices, DBMS etc. We will also build MS-office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc) and AutoCAD in order to familiarize the trainee with practical design basics.
  • Discuss all unit operations and stoichiometric calculations through defining the common mathematical principles and the material/energy balances for various operations. We will also cover the different laws of thermodynamics, enthalpy changes and different types of heat calculations (Reaction, Formation, Combustion).
  • Cover the different principles and equipment related to different unit operations such as absorption, stripping, adsorption as well as familiarize the behavior of Ideal gases and different gas laws.
  • Develop a solid lab background and necessary skills to provide detailed water analysis of parameters including, but not limited to pH, conductivity, suspended solids, TDS, turbidity, alkalinity, total hardness, BOD, COD, TOC, coliform bacteria and ammoniacal nitrogen.

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