Wastewater Systems Operation Specialist

Time-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
National Rural Water Association
Industries
O*Net Code
51-8031.00
Rapids Code
0507R
Req. Hours
15680
State
DC
Created
Apr 29, 2021
Updated
Apr 29, 2021

Time-Based Skills

4 skill sets | 17 total skills | 15680 total hours
Tools, Equipment and Work Place Safety - 1440 req. hrs
Become familiar with tools, pipe and other materials used out on the job
240 hrs
Understand and use personal protective equipment and safety procedures
240 hrs
Demonstrate general plant safety and security operations
240 hrs
Plan and set up work areas for safety of crew and public
240 hrs
Confined spaces and traffic control zones
240 hrs
Perform all work in conformance with OSHA regulations
240 hrs
Vehicles and Heavy Equipment - 2240 req. hrs
Ensure vehicles and equipment are adequately stocked & serviced
400 hrs
Become familiar working with excavation and other heavy equipment
400 hrs
System Operations & Maintenance - 11840 req. hrs
Develop a working knowledge of the operation, methods and procedures of a wastewater treatment & collection system
1920 hrs
Perform installation and inspection of new sewer lines and services
1920 hrs
Demonstrate ability to read and interpret maps and drawings of the wastewater system
1920 hrs
Assist with the installation, maintenance and repair of the wastewater treatment plant, collection system, pump stations and lift stations
1920 hrs
Develop a working knowledge of preventive maintenance, troubleshooting & repair of mechanical equipment
1920 hrs
Quality Control - 15680 req. hrs
Learn to perform all aspects of sampling, monitoring and testing required to maintain compliance with Federal State and Local regulations
960 hrs
Identify normal/out-of-range values
960 hrs
Maintain open communication & report results to supervisors
960 hrs
Learn emergency response procedures
960 hrs

Technical Instruction

Orientation
Apprenticeship Program overview
# | 6 hrs
Basic job duties & work environment
# | 6 hrs
On the Job Learning (OJL)
# | 6 hrs
Circuit Rider training assistance
# | 6 hrs
NRWA Water University
# | 6 hrs
WaterPro Online Community Apprenticeship Forum
# | 6 hrs
Safety
Safety rules & practices
# | 12 hrs
Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
# | 12 hrs
811 Call Before You Dig
# | 12 hrs
Excavation, trenching & shoring
# | 12 hrs
Confined space entry & hazardous gases
# | 12 hrs
Fire & Electrical safety
# | 12 hrs
Traffic control
# | 12 hrs
Chlorine safety
# | 12 hrs
Professional Requirements
Certifications & licensure
# | 6 hrs
Responsibilities of a Wastewater System Operations Specialist
# | 6 hrs
Ethics as a public health & environmental professional
# | 6 hrs
Customer service & community outreach
# | 6 hrs
Professional organizations
# | 6 hrs
Operations & Maintenance
Pumps & motors
# | 144 hrs
Valves & other appurtenances
# | 144 hrs
Collection systems
# | 144 hrs
Treatment Processes
# | 144 hrs
Decentralized (onsite or cluster) systems
# | 144 hrs
Laboratory procedures
# | 144 hrs
Detention structures & settling basins
# | 144 hrs
Biosolids handling
# | 144 hrs
Reuse
# | 144 hrs
SCADA
# | 144 hrs
Preventative maintenance
# | 144 hrs
Recordkeeping & Reporting
# | 144 hrs
Work orders
# | 144 hrs
Operator Mathematics
Problem solving strategies
# | 24 hrs
Conversions & mathematical operations
# | 24 hrs
Geometry problems
# | 24 hrs
Calculating chemical dosage & detention time
# | 24 hrs
Flow & rate problems
# | 24 hrs
Horsepower calculations
# | 24 hrs
Security & Emergency Response
Critical Infrastructure Sector designation
# | 24 hrs
Vulnerability assessments
# | 24 hrs
National Incident Management System
# | 24 hrs
Emergency response plans & procedures
# | 24 hrs
Laws & Regulations
Pollutants
# | 32 hrs
Clean Water Act basic requirements
# | 32 hrs
Working with regulators
# | 32 hrs
State laws & regulations
# | 32 hrs
Regulatory compliance
# | 32 hrs
Introduction to Utility Management
Capacity development & sustainable utility management
# | 24 hrs
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
# | 24 hrs
Finances, rates & billing
# | 24 hrs
Water University - Utility Management Certification
# | 24 hrs
Understanding budgets
# | 24 hrs
Working with boards and elected officials
# | 24 hrs