Basic Training Classes

MWEA Basic Training


Meet our Instructors!
Back Row (l to r): Kevin Dupuis, Jason Williams, Dave Connors, Brian Gifford, Larry Sundling
Middle Row: Nan Leemon
Front Row (l to r): Mark Houle, Nate Turner, Ken Colston
Not Pictured: Chad Antle, Mark Fowler, Tim Sikma, Ed Mahaney, Dave Maloney
Basic Training Classes

These courses carry several distinct differences from our
conferences and one day seminars. They are conducted
by a single instructor with a small class size (typically
10-20 students per class) and they are offered in various
areas of the state to cut down on travel for attendees.

Note: These classes are deemed unrepeatable by the
MDEQ – meaning CECs cannot be earned more than
once in an operator’s certification cycle because the
agenda and topics discussed do not change.

These classes are part of the MWEA Water Resource
Recovery Technician (WRRT) Credential Program
.

Download the full MWEA Training Catalog here.
 
Available Classes:

Purpose and Fundamentals of Wastewater Treatment
Basic Health & Safety Practices in Water Systems

Fundamentals of Wastewater Math I
Fundamentals of Wastewater Math II
Fundamentals of Activated Sludge I
Fundamentals of Activated Sludge II
Fundamentals of Preliminary and Primary Treatment

Fundamentals of Secondary Treatment
Fundamentals of Wastewater Disinfection
Fundamentals of Solids Handling
Fundamentals of Anaerobic Digester Operation and Control
Fundamentals of Collection Systems
Fundamentals of Maintenance Practices I
Fundamentals of Maintenance Practices II

 
 
Are you taking the Michigan Class D or C
Wastewater Operator Certification Exam this fall?
MWEA offers an exam prep class
to assist YOU in preparing for the exam.

Click here for more information and dates available
for the C & D Exam Prep Classes
2017 Fall Dates and Locations:
Complete and return the registration form or register online.

View the MWEA Calendar to register.

Purpose and Fundamentals of Wastewater Treatment


Overview
MDEQ CECs: 0.5 WW Technical
Course Code: 2424

This course appropriately begins with the water cycle. It is an overview of the wastewater treatment process, beginning to end. This gives the individual the concepts of the entirety and impact of the work done in treatment plants. This class will be excellent for those new to the profession and those who have had a limited scope of job duties. This will be a unique opportunity of great value to persons providing products and services in the wastewater industry.

Topics Covered
  • Why We Treat Wastewater
  • Sources of Wastewater
  • Mechanical Equipment
  • Collection Systems
  • Treatment Plant
  • Effluent Disposal
  • Basics of Laboratory Analysis
  • Health and Safety
  • Emerging Issues
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Basic Health and Safety Practices for Water Treatment Systems


Overview
MDEQ CECs: 0.6 WW and DW Other
Course Code: 2423

Staying safe and healthy while on the job is not common sense for all. Creating and maintaining a culture of ‘safety first’ takes a great deal of training, emphasis and reinforcement. This class can be an important part of such a program. ‘Safety first’ must be more than just a trite sign on the walls of your plant. Each individual (with your help) has the obligation to return home each day in the same condition (or better) in which they left. Staff must be trained to understand basic safety practices and then to make the consistent choice to follow those practices. Sending your personnel to this course sends the message of how critical the practice of safety is in your plant.

Topics Covered
  • Medical Monitoring
  • Incident Investigation
  • Hazards
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Confined Space
  • Fire Safety/Emergency Action
  • Utility Location
  • Traffic Safety
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Fundamentals of Wastewater Math 1


Overview
MDEQ CECs: 0.6 WW Technical
Course Code: 1776
 
Math is a basic skill that is necessary for the function of any wastewater plant. This course will cover much of the basic math and calculations used regularly in wastewater treatment. This course will serve as an excellent part of review and preparation for all levels of MDEQ Operator Certification exams.
 
Topics Covered
  • Basic Arithmetic
  • Area and Volume Measurements
  • Detention Time
  • Pounds Formula
  • Chemical Dose
  • Percent Removal Calculations
  • Practice Problems
  • Conversion Factors and Formulas
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Fundamentals of Wastewater Math 2


Overview
MDEQ CECs: 0.6 WW Technical
Course Code: 1787
 
Math is a basic skill that is necessary for the function of any wastewater plant. This course will cover more advanced math and calculations used in wastewater treatment. There is minimal overlap between this course and Wastewater Math I, and while taking Math I is highly recommended, it is not a prerequisite for Wastewater Math II. Therefore, this class can be considered a ‘stand-alone’ option. NOTE: This course is not for beginners in the wastewater treatment profession.
 
Topics Covered
  • Wastewater Math Conversions and Formulas
  • Flows, Flow Rate and Velocity
  • Pounds Formula
  • Performance of Facilities
  • Sludge Volume and Sludge Density
  • Trickling Filters and RBCs
  • Process Removal Efficiency
  • Food/Microorganism Ratio (F/M Ratio)
  • Mean Cell Residence Time (MCRT)
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Fundamentals of Activated Sludge 1

 
Overview
MDEQ CECs: 0.5 WW Technical
Course Code: 1910
 
This program explains the basis for specific process control strategies, the calculations used to implement them and the sampling programs to support them. Also included are general biological concepts related to activated sludge plants and the factors that affect these processes. This course will serve as an excellent part of MDEQ Operator Certification exam preparation.
 
Topics Covered
  • Activated Sludge Origin
  • Process
  • Sampling
  • Microbiology
  • Process Control
  • Return Rates
  • Mean Cell Residence Time
  • Food to Microorganisms Ratio
  • Control Concerns
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Fundamentals of Activated Sludge 2


Overview
MDEQ CECs: 0.5 WW Technical
Course Code: 1958

This program explains further the basis for specific process control strategies, the calculations used to implement them
and the sampling programs to support them. There is minimal overlap between this course and Activated Sludge I, and while taking Activated Sludge I is highly recommended, it is not a prerequisite for Activated Sludge II. Therefore, this class can be considered a ‘stand-alone’ option. NOTE: This course is not for beginners in the wastewater treatment profession or those who have not been exposed to the activated sludge process in their job.

Topics Covered
  • Sequencing Batch Reactor
  • Trickling Filters
  • Rotating Biological Contractor
  • Review on Activated Sludge
  • Waste Activated Sludge
  • Return Activated Sludge
  • Nitrogen and Phosphorus Removal
  • Math Problems
 
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Fundamentals of Preliminary and Primary Treatment


Overview
MDEQ CECs: 0.5 WW Technical
Course Code: 2425

The path of wastewater is a long and winding one, beginning at its source (domestic, commercial, and industrial) and ending with its clean, safe return to surface water or groundwater where it can take its place in the hydrological cycle. This course picks up the journey of wastewater as it arrives at the plant (influent).

The treatment of wastewater includes many crucial components. Improper, ineffective, inefficient handling of influent leads to a multitude of problems as the process continues. This course examines many of the hurdles that must be
overcome (the what, when, how) and provides strategies and tools necessary to address those hurdles.

Topics Covered
  • Characteristics of Wastewater
  • Screening
  • Grit Removal
  • Pre-Aeration
  • Primary Treatment
  • Primary and Secondary Clarifiers
  • Common Calculations
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Fundamentals of Secondary Treatment


Overview
MDEQ CECs: 0.5 WW Technical
Course Code: 2429

As the name would imply this course picks up the journey of wastewater as it travels through the plant right after
Primary Treatment. Secondary clarification signifies the end of the biological treatment portion of wastewater treatment. Often referred to as ‘polishing’, it is the last component of the solids removal process and happens just before tertiary
treatment or disinfection, depending on the process employed by the individual plant.

This course offers a thorough examination of the process and provides strategies and tools necessary to address the operation of this segment of treatment.

Topics Covered

  • Overview of Secondary Clarifiers
  • Aeration
  • Oxidation Ditches
  • Wastewater Stabilization Ponds
  • Sampling and Analysis
  • Rotating Biological Contactors (RBCs)
  • Trickling Filters
  • Secondary Treatment Effluent
  • Common Calculations and Practice Problems

Fundamentals of Wastewater Disinfection

Overview
MDEQ CECs: 0.5 WW Technical
Course Code: 2428

This course picks up the journey of wastewater as it nears the end of its trail through the treatment plant. This is where the pathogens are removed, preparing the water to be returned to the hydrological cycle in a safe form. Once this
component of the process is completed, the water is no longer considered wastewater, but ‘final effluent.’

This is also the portion of the process that ‘protects the public health.’ Once the water passes through this stage it must pass a number of rigid tests and comply with numerous state and federal regulations. The importance having operators well versed in the intricacies of this function cannot be overstated. This course will prepare attendees to perform tasks in this area.

Topics Covered

  • Chlorine
  • Ultraviolet Systems
  • Chlorine Dioxide
  • Ozone
  • Dechlorination
  • Math Problems
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Fundamentals of Solids Handling


Overview
MDEQ CECs: 0.5 WW Technical
Course Code: 2426

All plants are required to remove solids from their influent. There is a broad spectrum of approaches and methods for
handling solids.

There is a difficult issue related to solids handling for individuals taking MDEQ Operator Certification exams. Questions related to this topic are included on the exams. No treatment facility is going to use all the various methods, therefore individuals can find it difficult to be able to answer questions about solids handling methods not used at their place of work.

Because of the dynamic of this topic, this course will serve as an invaluable part of review and preparation for all levels of MDEQ Operator Certification exams.

Topics Covered

  • Primary and Secondary Solids
  • Gravity Thickeners
  • Sludge Digestion
  • Dewatering
  • Mechanical Dewatering
  • Sludge Disposal
  • Common Calculations and Practice Problems
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Fundamentals of Anaerobic Digester Operation and Control


Overview
MDEQ CECs: 0.5 WW Technical
Course Code: 2134

The absence of oxygen makes anaerobic digestion a unique solids management process. Using consistent heat and mixing result in the reduction of solids volume and volatile solids content that creates a stabilized product (biosolids) that is used for alternative disposal methods such as land application as an agricultural fertilizer.

An additional byproduct of this method is the production of methane biogas which, when used with a combined heat and power system, can be a source of renewable energy. After taking this class, operators will have an improved understanding of the system and strategies, and be better prepared for the day-to-day tasks of completing this portion of the treatment process.

Topics Covered

  • Process Description
  • Description of Facilities
  • Management of Operations
  • Normal Operations
  • Operational Problems
  • Data Collection and Laboratory Control
  • Maintenance
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Fundamentals of Collection Systems


Overview
MDEQ CECs: 0.5 WW Technical
Course Code: 2427

Safe, sanitary and efficient collection of wastewater at its sources (domestic, commercial and industrial) and then its delivery to a facility begins the treatment process. It is also usually the only part of the process of which the public has much awareness. That awareness all too often happens when there are issues with the system causing problems for the public (your customers). The information covered in this course will help staff understand the basics of function, maintenance, operation, protection and preservation of the asset of your system.

Topics Covered

  • Purpose of Collection Systems
  • Common Definitions
  • Components
  • Importance of Maintenance
  • Service Delivery Options
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Corrective Maintenance
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Fundamentals of Maintenance Practices 1

Overview
MDEQ CECs: 0.6 WW & DW Technical
WW Course Code: 2430
DW Course Code: 2530

Wastewater treatment facilities are among a community’s greatest assets, both in terms of value to the quality of life of its citizenry and capital investment. It is imperative that those in charge of said facilities take the utmost care of these crucial resources.

Having a good plan for maintaining the equipment of each component is only the beginning. Personnel assigned to perform the tasks associated with prolonging the life of the system assets must receive proper training. While some of maintenance can be quite specific to certain devices, there are many general principles,  practices and skills that are helpful in almost every maintenance application.

Persons completing this class will have a better base of knowledge and/or skills towards contributing to the overall success of any maintenance program.

Topics Covered

  • Maintenance Theory, Principles and Process
  • Work Orders and Documentation
  • Personnel
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Lubrication
  • Safety
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Fundamentals of Maintenance Practices 2

Overview
MDEQ CECs: 0.6 WW & DW Technical
WW Course Code: 2431
DW Course Code: 2534

This course takes the concept of providing proper training for maintenance staff to the next level. Persons completing this class will have a better base of knowledge and/or skills towards contributing to the overall success of any maintenance program.

There is very little overlap between this course and Maintenance Practices I, and while taking that course is highly recommended, it is not a prerequisite for Maintenance Practices II. Therefore, this class can be considered a ‘stand-alone’ option.

However, having persons responsible for maintenance duties attend both Maintenance Practices I and II could be thought of as a department performing ‘due diligence’ for protecting one of a community’s greatest assets.

Topics Covered

  • Pump Basics, Types and Maintenance
  • Valve Basics and Maintenance
  • Gate Basics and Maintenance
  • Gears and Gear Maintenance
  • Sprockets and Chains
  • Belts and Sheaves
  • Trouble Shooting