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Developing Professional Wastewater Operators

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Abstract:

Developing professional wastewater operators is essential to meet the staffing needs at the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Establishment of an independent training office charged with recruitment, hiring, training, and probating up to twelve new operators per year was essential to accomplish this goal.

Through the use of web-based lesson plans and operator training guides, hands-on training with experienced operators, Supervisor sign-off, and standardized probationary assessments, the operator training office has prepared itself to provide qualified operators to staff this 24/7/365 facility.

The goal of the training office is to develop well-rounded operators who possess the skills and abilities to meet the demand for qualified operators now and in the future. Since the establishment of the operator training office, 20 newly hired operators have graduated to shift operations filling positions left vacant due to retirements. This paper will provide further detail about the history, establishment, and implementation of the training office.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864708788734250

Publication date: 2008-01-01

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