Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the design, operation and maintenance of treatment plants with advanced/tertiary processes.
2. Explain advanced sludge treatment and disposal practices, including pertinent laws and regulations.
3. Discuss the basics of industrial waste permitting, inspection and violations.
4. Define and correctly use standard terminology and mathematical formulas related to advanced/tertiary wastewater treatment and industrial waste treatment.
5. Troubleshoot common wastewater treatment operational process problems and make decisions about appropriate corrective actions to take.
6. Recognize and explain chemical symbols, properties and reactions related to advanced/tertiary wastewater treatment.
7. Recognize certain classes of contaminants found in wastewater processes and describe their relationship to waste water treatment.
8. Explain the laws governing wastewater treatment operators at Grade 3 and penalties that may be applied to operators and facilities.
9. Access reference sources appropriate to operational problems at Grade 3 in the wastewater treatment field.
I. Overview of wastewater treatment systems and processes
A. Primary treatment
B. Secondary treatment
II. Tertiary treatment processes
A. Types and their applications
B. Operational parameters
C. Methods of filtration
E. Nutrient removal
III. Activated sludge
A. Return activated sludge
B. Waste activated sludge
C. Industrial waste pretreatment
IV. Solids handling and disposal
A. Aerobic and anaerobic digestion of solids
B. Methods of dewatering
D. Solids disposal
V. Odor control
B. Odor generation and identification
D. Types of control systems
E. Masking, modifications and counteraction
VI. Types of nutrient removal processes
1. Lime precipitation
2. Alum flocculation
VII. Disinfection and chlorination methods
B. Other methods
C. Test procedures
VIII. Wastewater reclamation
B. Operating procedures
D. Land treatment systems
IX. Overview of industrial waste treatment
A. Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
B. Sampling methods
1. Preventing pass through
2. Disruption of treatment processes
X. Overview of instrumentation
A. Measurement and control systems
B. Principles of sensors/transducers
C. Categories of instrumentation
1. Panel instrumentation
2. Automatic controllers
3. Air supply systems
4. Lab instruments
5. Test and calibration equipment
D. Use of computers
1. SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition)
2. Data collection and analysis
XI. Laws and regulations governing wastewater treatment operations
B. Clean Water Act: National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
C. Senate Bill (SB) 198
D. California CRC's (Cooperative Research Centers)
E. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requirements
XII. Exam preparation
A. California Title 23 requirements
B. State of California Water Resources Control Board Wastewater
Treatment Plant Operator Certification exam
C. CWEA voluntary certification test
1. Collection system maintenance
2. Wastewater treatment plant maintenance
D. Renewal requirements
E. Education and experience requirements for certification grades
1. Advanced Waste Treatment, 3rd edition; California State University of Sacramento, 1995 (classic)
2. Instructor prepared materials