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WAT 351 - Wastewater Treatment III

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 Treatment Class III Need-to-Know Criteria. The ABC Need-to-Know Criteria describe the core competencies covered on the ABC standardized exams used by the Iowa DNR Operator Certification Program for their Wastewater Treatment Grade III certification exam. The ABC Need-to-Know Criteria covered by this course are Evaluate Physical Characteristics of Wastestream and Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust Treatment Processes Core Competencies.
Prerequisite: WAT 311  
Competencies
  1. Evaluate characteristics of wastestream
    1. Identify normal characteristics of wastewater
    2. Discriminate between normal and abnormal conditions
    3. Appraise potential contamination
    4. Assess raw wastewater
    5. Perform physical measurements
  2. Explain types of wastewater collection systems and treatment facilities
    1. Describe types of wastewater collection systems
    2. Describe types of wastewater treatment facilities
    3. Describe the duties of a wastewater treatment operator
    4. Describe the skills and qualifications needed for the job
    5. Describe certification, licensing and educational requirements in wastewater treatment occupations
    6. Describe legal and ethical concerns for operators
  3. Analyze treatment processes
    1. Identify operation, maintenance practices, and monitoring requirements and practices
    2. Discriminate between normal and abnormal conditions
    3. Recognize proper application of chemicals
    4. Describe monitoring equipment and instruments
    5. Collect samples using proper sampling procedures
    6. Monitor samples using proper techniques
    7. Recognize abnormal analytical results
    8. Define treatment parameters
    9. Calculate treatment parameters
    10. Compare calculated values to recognized standards for these treatment parameters
  4. Assess treatment processes
    1. Explain facility operation and maintenance
    2. Diagnose concerns related to facility operation and maintenance
    3. Discriminate between normal and abnormal conditions
    4. Compare facility performance and process units
    5. Troubleshoot facility operation and maintenance
  5. Adjust treatment processes
    1. Identify operation and maintenance practices
    2. Describe normal chemical range
    3. Modify chemical feed rates, flow patterns, and process units and equipment
    4. Calibrate equipment and instruments
    5. Confirm chemical strength
    6. Maintain processes in normal operating condition
    7. Prepare chemicals
    8. Use proper start-up and shut-down procedures
    9. Confirm chemical strength
  6. Comply with State and federal regulations and guidelines
    1. Examine Clean Water Act, regulations, and guidelines
    2. State purpose of building codes, local codes, and ordinances
    3. Explain the NPDES permit
    4. Define reporting requirements
    5. Explain certification requirements
    6. Describe safety regulations
  7. Demonstrate proper safety procedures
    1. Interpret Safety Data Sheets
    2. Identify potential safety hazards
    3. Recognize unsafe work conditions
    4. Use safe work habits
    5. Select proper safety equipment
    6. Operate safety equipment
    7. Maintain proper chemical handling and storage
  8. Implement accurate recordkeeping and reporting
    1. State purpose of recordkeeping system
    2. Describe recordkeeping policies
    3. Use monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting policies and requirements
    4. Interpret data
    5. Record information
    6. Report findings
    7. Translate technical language into common terminology
    8. Describe monthly operating report



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