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Wastewater Systems Operator

Published
Time-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
Water Environment Federation
Industries
O*Net Code
51-8031.00
Rapids Code
0507
Req. Hours
73560
State
DC
Created
Aug 30, 2021
Updated
Aug 30, 2021

Time-Based Skills

5 skill sets | 84 total skills
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 - 51480 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 - 8800 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 - 6720 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 - 840 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 - 264 req. hrs
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 - 160 req. hrs
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 - 72 req. hrs
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 - 24 req. hrs
Demonstration/examples
8 hrs
Trend charting
8 hrs
Reading and interpreting drawings and schematics
8 hrs
Environmental Laws and Regulations - 144 req. hrs
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 - 450 req. hrs
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 - 264 req. hrs
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 - 180 req. hrs
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 - 240 req. hrs
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 - 72 req. hrs
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 - 144 req. hrs
Basic Suite
48 hrs
Microsoft applications (Excel, Word)
48 hrs
SCADA
48 hrs
Certification Test Review - 60 req. hrs
State statutes
20 hrs
Test preparations
20 hrs
Practice tests
20 hrs
Introduction to Train-the-Trainer Learning styles - 16 req. hrs
Presentation techniques
8 hrs
Learning styles
8 hrs
Introduction To Pumping Systems - 168 req. hrs
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 - 360 req. hrs
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 - 40 req. hrs
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 - 480 req. hrs
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 - 168 req. hrs
Chemical safety
24 hrs
Reactions
24 hrs
Troubleshooting
24 hrs
Dosage
24 hrs
Equipment
24 hrs
Monitoring
24 hrs
Advanced testing
24 hrs
Disinfection - 88 req. hrs
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 - 510 req. hrs
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

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