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WAT 310 - Wastewater Collection Systems I

Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
This course has been developed using the ABC Wastewater Collection Class I Need-to-Know Criteria. The ABC Need-to-Know Criteria describe the core competencies covered on the ABC standardized exams used by the Iowa Water Environment Association Certification Program for their Wastewater Collection Class I certification exam. The ABC Need-to-Know Criteria covered by this course are Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust Collection System.
Competencies
  1. Identify job classifications and duties of wastewater collection system operators.
    1. Describe wastewater collection systems.
    2. Define operation and maintenance in regards to collection systems.
    3. Summarize the problems that can develop if improper care of wastewater.
    4. Identify duties of wastewater collection system operators.
    5. Outline qualifications and education needed to perform the operator’s duties.
  2. Describe the operation and maintenance of wastewater collection systems
    1. Identify possible reasons that rehabilitation and upgrading of collection systems is considered vital.
    2. Compare highways, traffic signals, and railroad crossings operation and maintenance to wastewater collection systems and how they influence staffing needs.
  3. Explain the components and design of a wastewater collection system
    1. Explain the purpose of a wastewater collection system.
    2. Identify parts and their purpose for gravity, low-pressure and vacuum collection systems.
    3. Summarize types of appurtenances in a collection system.
    4. Identify design elements that influence operation and maintenance of a collection system.
    5. Differentiate materials used in rigid pipes, flexible pipes, pipe joints, and manholes.
    6. Analyze plans and profiles for construction of a wastewater collection system.
    7. Analyze flow during a design period to determine quantity of wastewater that the collection system will need to convey.
  4. Outline safety procedures that should be followed by wastewater collection system operators.
    1. Explain inspection procedures for equipment and vehicles.
    2. Describe traffic control regulations, work zone safety, safety devices, and concerns around the job site.
    3. Identify manhole hazards that an operator may encounter.
    4. Use confined space entry safety equipment.
    5. Demonstrate final precautions and safety procedures before, during, and after manhole entry.
    6. List types of excavations and possible hazards to the operator, including trench safety regulations and shoring requirements.
    7. Describe work situations and types of equipment that increase safety hazards around electricity.
    8. Identify OSHA standards for permissible noise exposures.
    9. Distinguish fire classification to determine type of fire extinguisher needed.
    10. Summarize basic elements of the Worker Right-To-Know program as it relates to hazardous materials and wastes.
  5. Model inspections and tests performed on wastewater collection systems.
    1. Outline types of problems found during inspection of a collection system.
    2. Describe the equipment needed, procedures to follow, and recording data from a manhole inspection.
    3. Explain the use of closed-circuit television for inspection of a collection system.
    4. Identify the purpose, equipment, and operation procedures of smoke testing, dye testing, and pipeline lamping.
    5. Compare important features of closed-circuit television equipment.
    6. Describe equipment used for TV inspection.
  6. Assess the cleaning and maintenance methods for pipelines in a sewer system.
    1. Describe cleaning and maintenance methods for pipelines in a sewer system.
    2. Identify different methods for hydraulic cleaning.
    3. Use different mechanical cleaning techniques.
    4. Explain proper maintenance procedures of bucket machines, rodding machines, and high-velocity cleaners.
    5. Evaluate the selection and application of effective chemicals for cleaning and maintaining wastewater collection systems.
    6. Examine the production of hydrogen sulfide and the need to control it.
    7. Identify chemicals that are used to control hydrogen sulfide.
    8. Choose proper cleaning equipment for stoppage.
  7. Describe underground repair methods of service lines, main lines, and manholes.
    1. Explain safety concerns, types of damages or stoppages, and work assignments for repairs of sewer lines or manholes.
    2. Outline shoring requirements and regulations for your state.
    3. Select best type of shoring for soil condition.
    4. Describe excavation, control points, bedding, pipe laying, appurtenances, and backfill during construction of sewers.
    5. List equipment, excavation, pipe cutting, cleanout, and backfilling during repair of building sewers and sewer laterals.
    6. Explain duties of a qualified inspector during sewer construction, inspections, testing, and reporting.
    7. Summarize equipment needed, pavement cutting, excavation, pipe repair, and backfilling during a main line repair process.
    8. Practice the process used for internal grouting or sealing of sewer pipes.
    9. Compare processes used to repair manhole frames, covers, bottoms, and barrels.
  8. Develop a maintenance program and frequency schedule for a lift station.
    1. Identify various types, locations, and requirements for lift stations.
    2. Describe various components of a lift station.
    3. Explain the operator’s role during planning and design of a new lift station.
    4. Outline operator’s essential tasks to maintain operational capabilities of a lift station, including pump capacity testing.
    5. Prepare and file all active records for lift station operation and maintenance.
    6. Describe set-up and equipment for emergency pumping operations.
  9. Develop a maintenance schedule for equipment used in wastewater collection systems.
    1. Demonstrate basic working knowledge of electricity to safely maintain equipment.
    2. Create a program to maintain and troubleshoot electric motors in a safe manner.
    3. Identify different types of wastewater pumps and their components.
    4. Implement a maintenance schedule for wastewater pumps.
    5. Explain operation and maintenance procedures for compressors.
    6. Summarize the purpose, properties, and process for lubrication of equipment.
  10. Implement a sewer rehabilitation program.
    1. Explain hydraulic loads and structural integrity problems during evaluation of sewer conditions.
    2. Compare data collected, statement of needs, and cost analysis to determine priorities in a sewer rehabilitation program.
    3. Describe various methods of sewer rehabilitation done without excavation.
  11. Choose safety/survival programs for wastewater collection system operators.
    1. Demonstrate awareness of hazards working in a collection system environment.
    2. Describe multiple hazards that exist during the daily routine for a collection system operator.
    3. Identify benefits of a safety/survival program.
    4. List the responsibilities of each agency structure level when establishing a program.
    5. Discuss the possible topics for monthly safety meetings.
    6. Explain who should be part of a safety committee and explain their responsibilities.
    7. Propose actions that should be taken to reduce the possibility of terrorist attacks on wastewater collection facilities.
    8. Review safety program policies or standards for permit-required confined spaces, control of hazardous energy, and personal protection equipment.
  12. Use effective administration for a wastewater collection system.
    1. Summarize the fourteen basic principles of administration.
    2. Prepare an operating plan including the mission statement, goals, and objectives.
    3. Develop personnel procedures for employment, compensation, training, employee relations, and safety.
    4. Describe administrative duties regarding requirements, management, and leasing or purchasing of equipment and tools.
    5. Explain administrative operation and maintenance of all wastewater collection system facilities.
    6. Create detailed underground maps of operation and maintenance of a wastewater collection system.
    7. Discuss the role of computers in management information, operation & maintenance, and recordkeeping of wastewater collection systems.
    8. Write a good wastewater collection system report.
    9. Summarize the benefits of having good public relations.
    10. Identify cost saving actions that can be taken to reduce the operation and maintenance budget.
  13. Describe the organizational process for wastewater collection system operation and maintenance.
    1. Examine the principles used to guide the organization of operation and maintenance.
    2. Describe the personnel organization of work activities, occupational titles, assignments, and types of crews.
    3. Summarize the reorganization of a division that operates and maintains a wastewater collection system.
    4. Explain establishing and organizing a maintenance program for preventive and emergency maintenance.
    5. Calculate performance indicators and ratings for the sewer lines and lift stations in a wastewater collection system.
  14. Select a CMOM program for a wastewater collection system.
    1. Define CMOM and explain why this program is critical to a successful collection system.
    2. Identify causes that can lead to poor performance and deterioration of a wastewater collection system.
    3. Summarize all phases of management and administration for wastewater collection systems.
    4. Outline the operation and maintenance program goals so that wastewater collection systems are compliant with regulatory requirements.
    5. Explain special elements of a CMOM program.
    6. Describe purpose, benefits, and methods of data management.
    7. Examine regulatory and public expectations regarding performance of a wastewater collection system agency.



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