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