Treatment Works Technician
Jersey-raised Mechanical Engineer Edward Cook didn’t hesitate to return from the mainland after completing his Master’s degree to start work with Jersey Water.
I work in the central hub of operations where we monitor the water pumps, flow rates and water levels. We make sure everything is working how it should be so that people have water in the morning. We also take out-of-hours emergency calls. It’s a really rewarding job and I love knowing that we’re supplying the island with water.
It’s a big responsibility and I love that I’m trusted by my managers and colleagues. My mentor here instilled in me how important the job is. People take it for granted that when they turn their tap on clean, fresh water comes out of it. We’re the ones that make it happen.
I grew up on Jersey then did my degree and my Master’s on the mainland, before applying for jobs. Jersey Water were the quickest to respond, which impressed me, so they were top of my list. I was happy to return and get a job here as I know what a great place it is to live. Plus, I get good annual leave so I can take advantage of all the island has to offer.
Sitting at a desk is not my sort of thing, so it’s great to have such a varied role. Long term, I would love to become a water engineer. I’m looking for courses right now and my manager has been really supportive and encouraging. We’ll always need water so making sure it’s sustainable is really important and will give me a job for life.