CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Basics of Confined Space

This course covers: Duties of Authorized Entrants, Authorized Attendants and Entry Supervisor, Conducting Hazard Analysis, Non entry, Rescue Emergency Services, and Hands on training with equipment routinely used in confined space work.

Pumps & Hydraulics

This course is based on PA DEP Training Module 9. The purpose of the course is to provide information relative to Basics of Pumps and Hydraulics. 

What's The Story With Valves

This workshop is to enhance your knowledge of valves used in the treatment plant, distribution and collection systems.

Securing Water & Wastewater Treatment Facilities DEP

Describe the importance of implementing security at treatment facilities. Discuss the regulations regarding security, identify critical assets, and identify potential threats. Describe the process for protecting critical assets. Describe ways to increase security using tools that deter, detect, delay and respond to threats. Demonstrate the relationship between the tools. Describe common vulnerability assessment elements. Describe the assessment method of common vulnerability analysis templates. Choose an appropriate vulnerability assessment template based on the characteristics of a treatment system. Given a scenario/case-study, perform a vulnerability assessment using a threat and critically matrix. Identify countermeasures to reduce the threat or critically of critical assets. Rank countermeasures on a cost benefit analysis. Describe the importance of being prepared for facility emergencies, including but not limited to security threats. Incorporate security issues into an existing emergency response plan.

Basics of Lubrication

The purpose of lubrication and how it works, Selecting the right lubricant, How is oil applied to machine – what systems are used? How does oil get contaminated? All about greases- purpose, advantages and disadvantages, Dry Bearings and Solid Lubrication – how do they work?, Sealing of Lubricants inside the machine, Why sample and test lubricants?, Lubricant Handling and Storage, Health Safety

Basic Instrumentation & Process Control

This course demonstrates logical step-by-step design of typical instrumentation and process control systems found in water and wastewater operations. Students participate in creating basic instrumentation and process control designs.

Water Distribution Exam

This course is based on PA DEP Drinking Water Training Module 8 (Distribution Systems). Supplemental information is provided from PA DEP modules 9 (Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention) and 30 (General Safety). The purpose of the course is to provide information relative to the operation of Distribution Systems. It provides the student with classroom training to supplement their field experience. Topics covered include:  

Distribution Networks * Components * Hydraulics * System Performance *   Operations *  Distribution Storage* Maintenance * Water Quality & Monitoring * Disinfection * Monitoring* Enhance Water Quality * Cross Connection Control * Backflow Prevention * General Safety

Hypochlorite Disinfection

Overview of the use of sodium or calcium hypochlorite as a disinfectant. Includes mathematical calculations such as percent concentrations, chlorine demands/dose and concentration/time(CT).

Collection System Exam

This course is based on PA DEP Training Modules 23 & 24.

Topics covered include:

* Techniques to increase your study and test taking skills * Types of Collection Systems

* Overview of Wastewater Collection Systems * Regulatory Standards

*Design and Construction of Collections Systems * Installation * Management and Operations

* Cleaning and Inspection * Overview of Pumping Stations * Regulatory Requirements *

*Management and Operations of Pumping Stations * Operation and Maintenance * Safety

Chemical Feed Workshop

The purpose of this course is to provide information relative to chemical feeding systems used in wastewater and water.

Water General Exam Prep

This course is designed to help the operator pass the PA DEP Water General Exam. 

Topics covered:

Responsibilities of water supplier and Treatment Plant Operator

Public water supply system classifications

Federal and state regulations

System management responsibilities

Introduction to groundwater

Aquifers

Overview of disinfection

Nassco PACP/MACP/LACP

Pipeline Assessment Certification Program is the North American Standard for pipeline defect identification and assessment, providing standardization and consistency to the methods in which pipeline conditions are identified, evaluated and managed

Basic Electricity Principles for Drinking Water & Wastewater Operators

This training program is intended for Water/Wastewater system operators who do not have a background in electrical maintenance but who are familiar with working around typical electrical items found in an industrial environment. Many operators of facilities are expected to troubleshoot and repair problems that affect the water/wastewater process. Occasionally, these problems are electrical in nature and cannot be diagnosed properly by an untrained operator. Personal and public safety could be compromised when individuals without electrical training attempt to repair electrical equipment. This course covers basic electrical theory and highlights safety as a prime consideration. After completion of the course attendees will be able to: Explain basic electrical theory, Explain the hazards associated with electricity, Explain the use and selection of Electrical Protection Devices, Explain the use and selection of Lockout/Tagout devices, Explain the importance of Grounding and Polarity, Demonstrate the use of a DMM, Clamp-on Ammeter, Voltage Sensor, Explain various Distribution Systems common to Treatment Plants

Motors & Motor Control Workshop

Chapter 1: Electrical Safety Procedures and Practices * Chapter 2: Electrical Diagrams and Symbols * Chapter 3: Control Circuits Common to Treatment Plants * Chapter 4: Motors, Operating Principles and Characteristics * Chapter 5: Motor Starters Operations and Maintenance * Chapter 6: Motor Maintenance and Troubleshooting * Chapter 7: Soft Starts and Variable Frequency Drives

Activated Sludge Exam Prep

This is a combination of 2 courses designed to help the operator take the Activated Sludge Subclass Exam.                                     The course covers:                                                                       

*Activated Sludge Modifications * Microbiology * Equipment Troubleshooting                                      

* Calculating F/M, MCRT, SVI. % return *Biological Nutrient Removal                                                                         

 *Important Definitions * Process Troubleshooting                      

All About Predictive Maintenance

Predictive Maintenance Techniques save money and time. Machines last longer and there are less surprises. Predictive Maintenance techniques such as Oil analysis, Vibration analysis, Ultrasonic, Thermography Will be described and demonstrated during class. We will discuss the cost /benefits of each technique and provide guidance as do which technique should be performed at the plant versus hiring a specialist. Predictive maintenance tools will be available for students use throughout the class.

The Truth About Bearings

Machines run on bearings. How much do we know about these vital parts of any machine?

From this course learn the following about bearings

* Their purpose *How they work * How they are classified and categorized *How they fight friction* Why is heat their enemy

* Why they fail* How to avoid their failure and maximize their life *How they are built *Lubrication requirements *

* Which is the right one to use for various situations

Students will be up close with a variety of bearings and will also participate in exercises to install and remove bearings.

Cross Connection & Backflow Prevention Primer

Topics covered: 

Backflow Prevention Methods * Detecting and Mitigating Backflow Occurrences *Current Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Practices

Provides subject knowledge that can help prepare the student for the DEP Distribution Exam

Wastewater General Exam Prep 

Topics covered: 

List wastewater sources and characteristics, describe why wastewater treatment is needed and the impacts to the receiving stream of untreated wastewater discharge, identify a variety of plant equipment and unit process, understand the elements of preliminary treatment, list a variety of flow measurement techniques, list a variety of secondary treatment methods and describe how they work, list various disinfection techniques and understand their basic concepts, list typical sludge handling unit process and have a basic understanding of how they work, understand the importance of sampling and analysis work as it relates to the operation of the wastewater treatment plant, be familiar with a Discharge Monitoring Report and a facility permit, know the components of a safety program, do basic math related to each unit process

Aspects of Ozone & UV Disinfection

This course is based on PA DEP Water Training Modules 26 and 27 and Wastewater Module 5. The purpose of the course is to provide information relative to Ozone & UV Disinfection and provide the student with classroom training to supplement field experience.

 Topics covered include:      

  • The purpose of disinfecting water and wastewater, Regulatory requirements associated with water and wastewater disinfection, Microbiological Contaminants, Characteristics of ozone and how it is generated, Ozone uses in water and wastewater treatment, Operation of an ozone system, Fundamental aspects of UV disinfection, Use of UV disinfection to meet regulations, Fundamental aspects of UV light,  Variables that affect UV Performance, Dosing,  Water quality impacts on UV performance, Control strategies for UV Operations,  Operational strategies for the UV process, Troubleshooting techniques for the UV process