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Water and Wastewater Operators

Introduction to Wastewater Treatment

This introductory course provides a broad overview of the fundamental principles of wastewater treatment. The reasons for treating wastewater will be examined and participants will be introduced to the processes involved in primary and secondary treatment and disposal. Concept, tools and processes such as BOD, trickling filters, activated sludge, clarifiers, and disinfection will be discussed. Participants will be introduced to relevant legislation and guidelines as well as being provided with a strong introduction to the terminology related to wastewater treatment.

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Constructed Wetlands

This course covers constructed wetlands as an alternative treatment technique for wastewater form a variety of sources. Topics covered include wetland processes, biochemistry, wetland design and sizing calculations, case studies and field trips to wetland projects. Discussion, models, cases, and hands on exercise are used to emphasize learning for application on the job.

Bacteriology Concepts

This course is designed to enhance the wastewater operator’s comprehension of the bacteriology process as it relates to wastewater treatment. Participants will gain an understanding of the biological considerations controlling the secondary biological treatment process. This will contribute to safe and effective secondary treatment plant operation.

Activated Sludge Systems

The activated sludge process is a very important waste-water treatment process. For this reason, the activated sludge course is divided into three sections - The Activated Sludge Process, Package Plants, and Oxidation Ditches. This course will provide a review of the information needed to better understand the activated sludge process and operate a treatment plant.


Participants in this course will receive theoretical classroom instruction with visual aids and testing, and upon completion be able to explain the main purpose of sludge digestion, recall processes employed for the digestion of sludge, list critical factors in sludge digestion and be able to discuss the factors affecting the operation of a single stage digestion, a two stage digestion and aerobic digestion system, as well as the difference between sludge and biosolids. Participants will review tests and records required to maintain process control in single stage digestion, the concentration of solids in percentages expected in raw primary sludge and waste activated sludge, describe the methods used to dewater sludge, and discuss the methods of final sludge disposal.

Critical Pump Maintenance

This course is prepared for wastewater operators involved in the selection and operation of the various pumps used in a process or distribution facility. The course includes the selection and replacement of packing, explores the location and purpose of packing, the various types of packing, choosing the correct packing, packing lubrication, packing in operation, determining the correct size and quantity of packing rings, packing life, special tools which are required for the replacement of packing, packing replacement, restarting the pump, and premature packing failure. The course includes the selection and replacement of mechanical seals, investigates the purpose of mechanical seals, the advantages of using mechanical seals instead of packing, the major components of a mechanical seal, how the mechanical seal works, types of mechanical seal, seal selection, installing a mechanical seal and the required tolerances, restarting the pump, and mechanical seal failures

Mathematics for Water Operators

This course is designed to re-acquaint wastewater industry operators with a number of basic math functions. In addition, the course will provide an opportunity to practice working with the numbers and formulas that have now become part of the operator’s normal working day. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will have regained familiarity with: decimals, fractions, exponents, percentages and square roots; working with basic formulas; calculation of areas and volumes; the use of appropriate conversion tables; and ratios and proportions.

Nitrogen Removal Systems

This training course will increase the operator’s competency, knowledge and information in understanding the different forms of nitrogen and the common terms associated with them. Upon successful completion of this course the operator will be able to identify forms of nitrogen, water quality impacts, nitrogen in wastewater, nitrification fundamentals, denitrification fundamentals, operating strategies for nitrification, operating strategies for denitrification, and plant evaluations. The participant will also learn troubleshooting procedures, fixed film operating strategies, and how to optimize fixed film plants.

Phosphorus Removal

The objective of this course is to discuss the phosphorus removal processes that are typically used in wastewater treatment plants throughout Ontario. Topics will address phosphates in wastewater treatment plant effluents, eutrophication (rapid aging) of receiving waters, early treatment methods, alternative treatment methods, typical ASP Flow, Activated Sludge Treatment processes, common elements in water and wastewater treatment, biological phosphorus removal, flocculation and the Bardenpho Process. Upon successful completion of this course participants will have a better understanding of the phosphorus removal process, dosage calculations and chemical considerations. They will also be able to readily identify various methods for phosphorus removal, the activated sludge system, types of coagulants, chemicals, and equipment commonly used in the industry, and will develop a better comprehension of testing results.

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