Wastewater Systems Operator

Time-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
Water Environment Federation
Industries
O*Net Code
51-8031.00
Rapids Code
0507
Req. Hours
73560
State
DC
Created
Apr 29, 2021
Updated
Apr 29, 2021

Time-Based Skills

5 skill sets | 84 total skills | 73560 total hours
Orientation and Safety - 5720 req. hrs
Delineate basic job duties
440 hrs
Participate in site specific orientation programs
440 hrs
List regulatory/permit specifications
440 hrs
Read/interpret drawings (plan/section views, process and instrumentation diagram (PID), hydraulic profile, etc.)
440 hrs
Demonstrate general plant safety and security operations
440 hrs
Wear PPE in accordance with safety guidelines
440 hrs
Follow lock-out and tag out procedures
440 hrs
Adhere to hazardous communication and right-to-know programs
440 hrs
Monitor air quality levels
440 hrs
Respond to emergencies using first aid/CPR
440 hrs
Apply security practices around the plant
440 hrs
Adhere to chemical safety programs
440 hrs
Earn and maintain CDL
440 hrs
Operations - 57200 req. hrs
Monitor plant operations as required
1320 hrs
Review plant operations and maintenance manual
1320 hrs
Analyze plant operating performance
1320 hrs
Respond to plant alarm systems
1320 hrs
Troubleshoot and solve operational problems effectively
1320 hrs
Start and stop plant equipment
1320 hrs
Apply knowledge of regulations to plant operations
1320 hrs
Manage treatment processes
1320 hrs
Handle and add chemicals to disinfect and deodorize liquids
1320 hrs
Inspect meters and gauges to determine load requirements
1320 hrs
Operate disinfection equipment and technologies
1320 hrs
Clean and maintain tanks and filter beds
1320 hrs
Manage wastewater treatment solids programs
1320 hrs
Monitor sludge production
1320 hrs
Perform sludge removal activities
1320 hrs
Record treated sludge and solids information accurately
1320 hrs
Dispose of treated sludge in accordance with permitting
1320 hrs
Manage bio-solids program effectively
1320 hrs
Oversee collection systems/lift stations operations
1320 hrs
List pump station components and different types of pumping stations
1320 hrs
List types and components of force main systems
1320 hrs
List types and components of gravity mains
1320 hrs
Demonstrate understanding of inflow and infiltration
1320 hrs
Demonstrate collection system safety requirements
1320 hrs
Demonstrate proficiency in responding, correcting, and reporting to alarms
1320 hrs
Demonstrate SCADA capability
1320 hrs
Understand screen navigation
1320 hrs
Interpret readings
1320 hrs
Read and interpret trend charts
1320 hrs
Demonstrate proficiency in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
1320 hrs
List safety requirements
1320 hrs
Detail environmental impacts
1320 hrs
Review related documents
1320 hrs
Demonstrate procedures
1320 hrs
Demonstrate proficiency in Manufacturer’s Safety and Data Sheets (MSDS)
1320 hrs
List safety requirements
1320 hrs
Detail environmental impacts
1320 hrs
Review related documents
1320 hrs
Demonstrate procedures
1320 hrs
Maintenance - 66000 req. hrs
Perform mechanical maintenance on equipment
800 hrs
Exercise valves, pumps and other mechanical devices
800 hrs
Troubleshoot and repair malfunctioning and inoperable equipment
800 hrs
Perform preventative maintenance when scheduled
800 hrs
Maintain lift stations
800 hrs
Inspect and maintain collection system pipes and manholes
800 hrs
Prepare/submit a maintenance work order
800 hrs
Read and interpret process instrumentation
800 hrs
Understand normal range
800 hrs
Explain actions for out-of-range values
800 hrs
Demonstrate unit process hydraulics and demonstrate impacts on subsequent processes
800 hrs
Quality Control - 72720 req. hrs
Collect samples according to established procedures
480 hrs
Perform laboratory sampling and testing
480 hrs
Verify results for accuracy
480 hrs
Calibrate equipment and instrumentation
480 hrs
Ensure consistent lab and sampling procedures
480 hrs
Interpret lab results
480 hrs
Ensure compliance with all relevant laws and regulations
480 hrs
Report results to supervisors and community members as appropriate
480 hrs
Perform process control
480 hrs
Define unit process performance variables
480 hrs
Collect samples
480 hrs
Perform process tests
480 hrs
Identify normal/out-of-range values
480 hrs
Analyze performance/trends
480 hrs
Logistics - 73560 req. hrs
Order equipment and supplies as needed
120 hrs
Develop and execute routine maintenance schedule
120 hrs
Conduct operational rounds
120 hrs
Define normal operation
120 hrs
Recognize abnormal operation
120 hrs
Collect appropriate data
120 hrs
Visit other facilities to learn about new procedures
120 hrs

Technical Instruction

Mathematics
Adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, calculator
# | 24 hrs
Algebraic equations
# | 24 hrs
Geometry
# | 24 hrs
Principle of mathematics applications
# | 24 hrs
Metric system
# | 24 hrs
Area
# | 24 hrs
Volume
# | 24 hrs
Chemical usage
# | 24 hrs
Loading rates
# | 24 hrs
Conversions
# | 24 hrs
Pump math
# | 24 hrs
Science
Physical, chemical, and biological concepts
# | 16 hrs
Disease transmission
# | 16 hrs
Common elements
# | 16 hrs
Cell structure
# | 16 hrs
Natural water cycle and impact
# | 16 hrs
Basic hydraulics
# | 16 hrs
Alkalinity
# | 16 hrs
Nitrification/denitrification
# | 16 hrs
Aquatic chemistry
# | 16 hrs
Flora/fauna activated solids
# | 16 hrs
Introduction To Wastewater Treatment Systems
Large/small systems
# | 8 hrs
Liquid stream processes – biological, physical, and chemical
# | 8 hrs
Solids handling/management
# | 8 hrs
Systems integration
# | 8 hrs
Disinfection
# | 8 hrs
Chemical treatment
# | 8 hrs
Natural/non-mechanical systems
# | 8 hrs
Mechanically assisted biological treatment
# | 8 hrs
Collection systems
# | 8 hrs
Drawings, Schematics, and Graphics Process diagrams/pictures
Demonstration/examples
# | 8 hrs
Trend charting
# | 8 hrs
Reading and interpreting drawings and schematics
# | 8 hrs
Environmental Laws and Regulations
Regulatory basics
# | 24 hrs
Permit requirements
# | 24 hrs
Due diligence
# | 24 hrs
Industrial pretreatment
# | 24 hrs
Sewer use laws
# | 24 hrs
Other regulations (503, air, source control, stormwater)
# | 24 hrs
Safety Process/OSHA
Personnel protective equipment
# | 50 hrs
First responder
# | 50 hrs
Decontamination
# | 50 hrs
MSDS
# | 50 hrs
Reporting requirements
# | 50 hrs
Hazardous materials and controls
# | 50 hrs
Hazardous communication
# | 50 hrs
Confined space
# | 50 hrs
Emergency response plan
# | 50 hrs
Communication Skills
Active listening
# | 24 hrs
Verbal and nonverbal communication
# | 24 hrs
Managing conflict
# | 24 hrs
Critical thinking
# | 24 hrs
Diversity and culture
# | 24 hrs
Oral presentations
# | 24 hrs
Report writing and written presentations
# | 24 hrs
Budget
# | 24 hrs
Team building
# | 24 hrs
Public information
# | 24 hrs
Customer service
# | 24 hrs
Basic Electricity and Electrical Systems
Basics of electricity
# | 20 hrs
Symbols reading
# | 20 hrs
Monitoring vs. Control
# | 20 hrs
Calibrations
# | 20 hrs
Common electrical components
# | 20 hrs
Conduction and insulation
# | 20 hrs
Electromagnetism
# | 20 hrs
Arc flash
# | 20 hrs
Lock out/tag out
# | 20 hrs
Tests and Analysis/Process Control
Equipment
# | 24 hrs
Laboratory safety
# | 24 hrs
Sampling procedures
# | 24 hrs
Testing requirements
# | 24 hrs
Process control testing
# | 24 hrs
Discharge permit testing
# | 24 hrs
Quality assurance and control
# | 24 hrs
Record keeping
# | 24 hrs
Microbe identification
# | 24 hrs
Chain of custody (COC)
# | 24 hrs
Professional Roles and Responsibilities
Chain of command
# | 12 hrs
Critical thinking skills Ethics
# | 12 hrs
Organization
# | 12 hrs
Personnel
# | 12 hrs
Policies and procedures
# | 12 hrs
Scheduling/management of preventive maintenance
# | 12 hrs
Computer Skills
Basic Suite
# | 48 hrs
Microsoft applications (Excel, Word)
# | 48 hrs
SCADA
# | 48 hrs
Certification Test Review
State statutes
# | 20 hrs
Test preparations
# | 20 hrs
Practice tests
# | 20 hrs
Introduction to Train-the-Trainer Learning styles
Presentation techniques
# | 8 hrs
Learning styles
# | 8 hrs
Introduction To Pumping Systems
Pumping theory
# | 24 hrs
Types of pumps
# | 24 hrs
Basic hydraulics
# | 24 hrs
Pump maintenance
# | 24 hrs
Pump troubleshooting
# | 24 hrs
Pump system components
# | 24 hrs
Mechanical systems
# | 24 hrs
Collection Systems
Long and short term controls
# | 40 hrs
System components and functions
# | 40 hrs
Operation and maintenance of lift/pumping stations, force mains, and gravity mains
# | 40 hrs
Inflow & infiltration (I & I)
# | 40 hrs
Private property laterals
# | 40 hrs
Odor control
# | 40 hrs
Inspection of mains
# | 40 hrs
Repair/Rehabilitation of manholes, pipes, laterals
# | 40 hrs
Compliance (safety, hazards, regulatory, environmental impacts such as sanitary sewer overflows)
# | 40 hrs
Natural Systems/Non-Mechanical
Lagoons
# | 8 hrs
Biological cycle
# | 8 hrs
Detention time
# | 8 hrs
Monitoring
# | 8 hrs
Maintenance
# | 8 hrs
Mechanically Assisted Biological Systems Unit processes and functions
Modifications to activated sludge systems
# | 40 hrs
Long term controls
# | 40 hrs
Short term controls
# | 40 hrs
Activated sludge quality
# | 40 hrs
Systems components
# | 40 hrs
Oxidation ponds/ditches
# | 40 hrs
Trickling filters
# | 40 hrs
Rotating biological contactors (RBCs)
# | 40 hrs
Biofilm reactors
# | 40 hrs
Clarifiers
# | 40 hrs
Equipment maintenance
# | 40 hrs
Return activated sludge (RAS) and waste activated sludge (WAS)
# | 40 hrs
Chemical Treatment
Chemical safety
# | 24 hrs
Reactions
# | 24 hrs
Troubleshooting
# | 24 hrs
Dosage
# | 24 hrs
Equipment
# | 24 hrs
Monitoring
# | 24 hrs
Advanced testing
# | 24 hrs
Disinfection
Systems- chemical/physical
# | 8 hrs
Testing/monitoring
# | 8 hrs
Emergency response
# | 8 hrs
Detention/kill rates
# | 8 hrs
Topics
# | 8 hrs
Maintenance/cleaning
# | 8 hrs
Equipment
# | 8 hrs
Ozone (O3)
# | 8 hrs
Chlorination (Cl2)
# | 8 hrs
Ultra-Violet (UV)
# | 8 hrs
Other disinfection methods
# | 8 hrs
Solids Management
Aerobic/anaerobic digestion
# | 30 hrs
Drying/heat treatment/incineration
# | 30 hrs
Beneficial reuse/landfill
# | 30 hrs
Screenings
# | 30 hrs
Physical equipment
# | 30 hrs
Chemical applications
# | 30 hrs
Odor control
# | 30 hrs
Vector tracking and analysis
# | 30 hrs
Thickening
# | 30 hrs
Digestion
# | 30 hrs
Dewatering
# | 30 hrs
Disposal options/strategies
# | 30 hrs
Regulations
# | 30 hrs
Transportation
# | 30 hrs
Cost analysis
# | 30 hrs
Energy recovery
# | 30 hrs
Public relations (customer service)
# | 30 hrs