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DEQ, Operator Training Fall/Winter Workshop Schedule Available

The DEQ, Operator Training Program Fall/Winter 2009 workshop schedule is now available at the following web site:

Upcoming workshops include:

Basic Lab Skills
Biological Nutrient Removal
Activated Sludge Process Control
Solids Testing

For additional information contact:

Jason Spicer

Wayne Staples

From: Jason Spicer

Sent: August 24, 2009 at 10:46 am

Licensure Review Classes Available at Wytheville Community College this Fall

Wytheville Community College will be conducting water and wastewater operator licensure review classes this fall. The Basic Wastewater Licensure Review and Adanced Wastewater Licensure Review classes will be conducted September 28, 2009 - October 2, 2009. The Basic Water Licensure Review and Advanced Water Licensure Review classes will be conducted October 26 - 30, 2009. For additional information visit the college website (http:\\ or contact Beth Baker at (276) 223-4763.

From: Wayne Staples

Sent: August 04, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Operator Positions Available

PEER Consultants, P.C., a full-service environmental engineering consulting firm is seeking experienced Wastewater Treatment Operators with hands-on advanced wastewater treatment plant operating experience for a full-time four to six month assignment in Metro DC/Northern Virginia location. Plant start-up and state-of-the art nutrient removal operations experience desired. Good communication skills and ability to work in a team are required. Operators Certification is required. Start: mid-August 2009. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Letters of interest and/or resumes can be e-mailed to Mark W. Hill at or faxed to 301 816-9291. Additional information on the company can be found on its website:

From: Wayne Staples

Sent: August 04, 2009 at 1:45 pm

ABC Collection System Operator Certification Examination Survey

Hello Everyone:

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) is currently conducting a job analysis survey for their standardized Collection System Operator certification program (collection system operator certification is not currently required in Virginia).

The results of this survey will be used to establish the validity of the materials covered on collection system operator certification exams developed by ABC. This survey will be available online until mid-October.

Please spread the word to personnel involved in the day-to-day operations of wastewater collection systems to encourage them to complete the job analysis survey. The survey asks operators to rate a list of job tasks and their associated knowledge and abilities for frequency of performance and seriousness of incorrect performance. It should take approximately 60 minutes to complete the survey.

Internet access is required to complete the online survey. You can participate in the survey by navigating your web browser to the area located under “Recent News” on ABC’s web site (

If you have any questions during the survey please contact Ron Covert by telephone at 515-232-3623 or e-mail:

Participation from collection system professionals is essential for ABC to develop a quality, valid certification program.

From: Jason Spicer

Sent: August 03, 2009 at 5:12 pm

DEQ, Activated Sludge Process Control Part II Workshop (Henrico WRF)

The DEQ, Operator Training Program will be conducting an Activated Sludge Process Control Part II workshop on August 25-27, 2009 at the Henrico County Water Reclamation Facility in Varina, VA.

This three day workshop will focus on basic and advanced process control strategies, process control calculations, data interpertation and process troubleshooting.

The program's hands on activities will include:
Analysis of operational data
Performing process control calculations
Using the data to adjust operating levels
Troubleshooting performance problems

Managers, operators and operator trainees of activated sludge treatment systems will find this program very helpful.

The workshop has been approved by the State Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals for 2.0 training credits.

A registration form can be downloaded at

For additional information contact:

Jason Spicer: 804-698-4143

Wayne Staples: 804-698-4109

From: Jason Spicer

Sent: July 31, 2009 at 11:16 am