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Jennifer pederson ppt gcc 2019

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Presentation at the Massachusetts Green Careers Conference on September 20, 2019

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Jennifer pederson ppt gcc 2019

  1. 1. Becoming a Drinking Water Operator September 20, 2019
  2. 2. About MWWA S MWWA is a membership organization dedicated to the advancement of the drinking water profession S 1,200 members throughout the state S Membership consists of drinking water operators, managers, consulting engineers, regulators, equipment manufacturers and vendors
  3. 3. Public Water Systems S There are more than 1,700 public water systems in MA S Municipal water systems, but also schools, daycares, restaurants, campgrounds, condo associations… S Each water system needs a primary and secondary drinking water operator with a license appropriate for the system they are operating
  4. 4. Drinking Water Licensing S Overseen by the Board of Certification of Operators of Drinking Water Facilities S 2 License Paths – Distribution and Treatment S 4 Grades of License in each path S For Grade 2 or above licenses there are educational requirements prior to sitting for the exam
  5. 5. Challenge…. S It is expected that one-half of our drinking water operators will be retiring in the next 5-10 years S The profession is not widely recognized and there is an under-appreciation of what drinking water operators do S There are more complex drinking water requirements to comply with
  6. 6. Solution…. S MassDEP created the Green Jobs Training and Placement Partnership (2008-2014) to S Attract, identify and train future operators and drinking water professionals S Partner with existing training programs to introduce the drinking water profession through: S Classroom training S Field training/internships
  7. 7. Vocational Technical High School Outreach S Work with area high schools to expose students to drinking water operations S Show them how many opportunities exist within the field
  8. 8. Outreach to Vocational Technical High Schools S Minuteman Regional, Lexington, MA S Greater New Bedford Regional, New Bedford, MA S Worcester Technical, Worcester, MA S All have Dept. of Ed. approved Environmental Science and Technology Programs S Many of the students have OSHA 10hr. and 40 hr. training, First Aid and CPR certification and Minuteman students have wastewater licenses
  9. 9. What was offered to the High Schools… S Reference materials for each of the schools S Work with the instructors to determine appropriate guest lecturers from the water supply profession S Field trips to area drinking water treatment plants S Internship Opportunities S Reimbursement for taking the Operator Exam S Participation on schools’ Advisory Committee
  10. 10. Curriculum -Example S Water Treatment Plant Operation Overview S Drinking Water Sources & Watershed Protection S Preliminary Treatment Processes S Coagulation and Flocculation S Clarification, Filtration and Adsorption Processes S Disinfection Treatment Processes S Corrosion Control S Taste & Odor Control S Other treatment technologies: Iron & Manganese Control, Softening & Fluoridation S Drinking Water Treatment Plant Testing, Sampling, and Reporting Processes S Drinking Water Treatment Applied Math S Drinking Water Treatment Maintenance and Troubleshooting Skills S Drinking Water Treatment Operations Safety Practices
  11. 11. Internship Component S MassDEP developed a Environmental Placement Partnership Internship Program funded through EPA Operator Expense Reimbursement Grant http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/drinking/ greenjob.htm S MWWA identified Public Water Systems who would be willing to host interns S MWWA processed applications from interested students and set up interviews with prospective water systems
  12. 12. Internship Component S Interns were reimbursed $10/hr for 300 hours of work S Work needed to be meaningful and expose students to many facets of the operation S Students were required to complete and submit a project at the conclusion of the internship
  13. 13. Internship Model – Springfield Example S Week 1 – Water Resources: S Land acquisitions, forestry management, and water quality sampling S Week 2 – Water Treatment: S West Parish Filters – Slow and rapid sand filtration and treatment of water S Week 3 – Water Storage: S Provin Mountain water storage and transmission S Week 4 – Water Quality: S Hydrant rebuilds, exercising gates, unidirectional flow, contractor assist S Week 5 – Engineering and Field Inspection: S Project management, dig safe, new main supervision, and safety S Week 6 – Ludlow Reservoir: S Public access program, Information and technology, and security S Week 7 – Construction and Services: S Valve replacement, new services
  14. 14. What did the PWS get out of the internship? S Satisfaction of introducing students to the drinking water profession S Ability to share their knowledge and experience with bright, energetic, intelligent students who have introductory drinking water knowledge S Opportunity to observe and mentor a future operator S Extra personnel to help their department at low or no cost
  15. 15. What did students get out of the internship? S Valuable experience to include on their resume S Practical, hands-on skills and a greater knowledge and understanding of the important work that is done to provide people with safe drinking water S Stipend   S Possibility of future employment with host public water systems 
  16. 16. Quote from a PWS “The individuals that go through this program are able to see a little bit of everything from source to tap.  One of the biggest advantages I see is that each Employee that takes the Intern for a time gets an opportunity to teach what they know and take for granted.  It takes practice to impart knowledge.  As our employees haven’t had the opportunity to train someone new coming in from the outside I expect that they get better at it each time. I know I do.  So as the majority of our employees retire over the next ten years and a new wave of employees come in to replace them, our staff is better practiced and prepared to train these new employees.  This unforeseen benefit would not have been realized or been possible without this Program and for that I am very grateful and hope that it can continue.  It is a benefit that more communities facing the same problem should consider.” Kimberly Abraham, Water Quality & Environmental Analyst, Worcester Water Operations
  17. 17. Quote from an intern “ the program allowed me to broaden my horizons by learning about …… MassDEP’s eDEP programs – all experiences and knowledge that will help me in today’s tough jobs market.  I ….. have already used some of the skills and information I learned during the program to help me in my new position.  I think the program provided me with an excellent opportunity to better myself, to become more of a friend to the environment, and to learn valuable new skills.  I hope others have an opportunity to participate in the future.”
  18. 18. Five of six graduating seniors at Minuteman Technical High School who passed their Drinking Water Treatment Exam (along with their instructor Terry Regan).
  19. 19. Questions?? S Contact: S Jennifer Pederson, Executive Director Massachusetts Water Works Association jpederson@masswaterworks.org or 978-263-1388 


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