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WAT 102 - Water and Wastewater Maintenance

Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 4
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech

This course has been developed using the ABC Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Treatment, and Wastewater Collection 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 Water Treatment, Water Distribution, and Wastewater Treatment certification exams and by the Iowa Water Environment Association Certification Program for their Wastewater Collection certification exams.

The ABC Need-to-Know Criteria covered by this course are:

  1. Operate Equipment
  2. Maintain Equipment and Lift/Pumping Stations
  3. Evaluate Operation of Equipment
  4. Install Equipment

  1. Operate equipment
    1. Recognize proper operation practices, pipe fitting, and joining methods
    2. Discriminate between normal and abnormal conditions
    3. Diagnose/troubleshoot equipment
    4. Recognize testing instruments
    5. Monitor equipment
    6. Calibrate equipment, instruments, and chemical feeders
    7. Perform physical measurements
    8. Identify piping material, type, and size
    9. Recognize quality control/quality assurance practices
    10. Complete proper start-up an shut-down procedures
  2. Assess equipment
    1. Inspect equipment
    2. Maintain system in normal operating condition
    3. Monitor electrical and mechanical equipment
    4. Perform general maintenance and physical measurements
    5. Repair equipment
    6. Recognize proper maintenance practices, protective coatings and paint, quality control/assurance practices, proper start-up and shut-down procedures, and normal and abnormal analytical results
    7. Adjust equipment, flow patterns, and system units
    8. Differentiate between preventative and corrective maintenance
    9. Discriminate between normal and abnormal conditions
  3. Evaluate equipment
    1. Identify cause of damage
    2. Differentiate between normal wear and damage
    3. Check speed of equipment
    4. Measure temperature of equipment
    5. Evaluate head loss
    6. Read charts, gauges, and meters
    7. Determine equipment performance through evaluation of readings
    8. Evaluate maintenance and operation of equipment
    9. Analyze cause of damage
    10. Describe corrosion control
    11. Perform maintenance calculations
  4. Install and replace equipment
    1. Perform dechlorination process
    2. Recognize different kinds of cross-connections
    3. Identify different types of joints, restraints, and thrust blocks
    4. Recognize pipe fitting and joining methods
    5. List pipeline construction principles
    6. Describe piping material, type, and size
    7. Explain proper protective coatings and paint
    8. Diagnose/troubleshoot equipment
    9. Inspect pumps
    10. Order spare parts
  5. Comply with State and federal regulations and guidelines, building codes, local codes, and ordinances
    1. State purpose of building codes, local codes, and ordinances
    2. Define recordkeeping requirements
    3. Describe safety regulations
    4. Recognize proper facility security
  6. 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. Describe proper chemical handling and storage
  7. Perform recordkeeping and reporting requirements
    1. State purpose of recordkeeping system
    2. Describe recordkeeping policies
    3. Recognize monitoring, record keeping, and reporting policies and requirements
    4. Analyze data
    5. Interpret data
    6. Record and report findings
    7. Review reports
    8. Translate technical language into common terminology
  8. Apply general maintenance principles
    1. Describe function of tools
    2. Identify functions of power tools
    3. Explain lubricants and fluids
    4. Compare types of pumps
    5. List mechanical principles
    6. Describe internal combustion engines
    7. Explain pneumatics

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