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Ray Willis GCC 2015

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Ray Willis GCC 2015

  1. 1. Water Quality Professionals –Q y Enforcing the Right to Clean Water Massachusetts Green Career  Conference October 1, 2015 Presented by:Presented by: Ray Willis, P.E. President‐Elect NEWEA Vice President, Onsite Engineering, Inc., g g,
  2. 2. ABOUT NEWEA  Member Association (MA) of Water Environment  Federation  2000+ Members representing the six New England states 2000+ Members representing the six New England states  86th year – Founded in 1929  Over 40 committeesOver 40 committees  Major Annual Events  Annual Conference ~190 exhibits & ~1600 attendees  Spring Meeting ~25 exhibits & ~200‐300 attendees  Specialty Conferences 
  3. 3. NEWEA MISSION Promote education and  collaboration while advancing  collaboration while advancing   knowledge, innovation, and sound  bl l f h fpublic policy for the protection of  the  water environment and our t e wate e v o e t a d ou quality of life.
  4. 4. ABOUT MWPCA  Affiliated State Association of NEWEA/WEF  800+ Members th   F d d i   6 50th year – Founded in 1965  Major Annual Events  Trade Show Trade Show  Legislative Event   Quarterly Meetings  Specialty Training Sessions
  5. 5. MWPCA MISSION The MWPCA is a not‐for‐profit  professional organization dedicated to    li   f i l   h h  water quality professionals throughout  the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   The MWPCA serves as an advocate for The MWPCA serves as an advocate for  water quality professionals and  promotes sound policy for the promotes sound policy for the  protection of public health and the  environmentenvironment.
  6. 6. NEWEA and MWPCANEWEA and MWPCA  OUTREACH GOALS  Promote the value of water and its importance to sustaining life and public heath.  Building an appreciation of water quality professionals and their importance to society.  Educate people of the need to support funding for  water related infrastructure and its benefits related to  sustaining the economy and protecting public healthsustaining the economy and protecting public health.  Educate people of the opportunities available in the water quality profession.in the water quality profession.
  7. 7. INDUSTRY CLIMATE  U.S. EPA regulatory requirements are requiring  upgrades of existing wastewater treatment facilities  and necessitating the construction of new facilities to and necessitating the construction of new facilities to  provide enhanced nutrient removal.  Newer drinking water regulations; Total Coliform  R l  L d  d C  R l  M   d Rule, Lead and Copper Rule, Manganese, and  Disinfection By‐Products.  Emerging concerns Microconstitiuents and Emerging concerns Microconstitiuents and  Microbeads in wastewater.  Overall condition of water‐related infrastructure  d  li   hand climate change.
  8. 8. THE PROGRESSIVE PATHTHE PROGRESSIVE PATH  Water and Wastewater Utilities are Becoming  “Greener” S l  P l  (Ch l f d  G f  Li l ) Solar Panels (Chelmsford, Grafton, Littleton)  Renewable energy, heat, or biofuels from utilization of  digester gasdigester gas  Electrical energy and heat from thermal conversion of  biomass  Electrical energy from biosolids products  Heating/cooling using facility influent/effluent via heat  pumppump
  9. 9. CAREER PATHS IN WATER  QUALITY INDUSTRYQUALITY INDUSTRY Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy  Center (ATEEC)  Defining Water Management Report ‐ 2013  Overview of Water Field in the United States  Provided Occupational Categories  Identified Technician Level Opportunitiespp  Detailed Job Functions in Each Occupational Categories  Regional Water Conversations ‐ 2014  Six Regions of the United StatesSix Regions of the United States  Obtain a Snapshot of Existing and Upcoming Water  Management Jobs  Determine What Jobs are Needed by RegionJ y g  Identify Skills Required for Jobs
  10. 10. CAREER PATHS IN WATER  QUALITY INDUSTRYQUALITY INDUSTRY  Northeast Water Conversation – Bristol Community  College  Fastest‐Growing “Green” Jobs in NortheastFastest Growing  Green  Jobs in Northeast  Water & Wastewater Facility Operators  Instrumentation, SCADA, and Maintenance Technicians D i ki  W t  Di t ib ti   d C ll ti  S t   Drinking Water Distribution and Collection System  Operators  Construction Management   Decentralized Wastewater Facility Operators  Stormwater Utility Technicians  Environmental Compliance and Pretreatment Coordinatorsp
  11. 11. CAREER PATHS IN WATER  QUALITY INDUSTRYQUALITY INDUSTRY  Northeast Water Conversation – Bristol Community  College  Job CategoriesJob Categories  Administration  Engineering L b t Laboratory  Facility Maintenance  Regulations & Compliance  Wastewater & Water Operations  Watershed & Stormwater Control  Report Found at www ateec org/downloads/environmental Report Found at www.ateec.org/downloads/environmental
  12. 12. DRINKING WATER/WASTEWATER  CRITICAL NEED OPERATIONSCRITICAL NEED: OPERATIONS “Promoting Entry to Career Pathways in the Drinking Water  and Wastewater Sector,” Lowell Center for Sustainable  Production, University of Massachusetts Lowell and The  M h tt  W kf  Alli  Ma  20 2Massachusetts Workforce Alliance, May 2012  Nationally 30‐50% of current water workforce will be eligible  for retirement in the next 5 to 10 years  Average age in Massachusetts 50+ years; MWPCA member 52  Average age in Massachusetts 50+ years; MWPCA member 52  years old  Potential for 2,400 operators to retire in Massachusetts over  the next 10 yearst e e t 0 yea s  There are 250 Municipal Drinking Water Utilities and 120  Municipal Wastewater Utilities in Massachusetts in addition  to private drinking water and wastewater facilities 
  13. 13. DRINKING WATER/WASTEWATER  CRITICAL NEED OPERATIONSCRITICAL NEED: OPERATIONS Quote from Study: “The drinking water and wastewater industry is g y comprised of good but challenging jobs with  advancement potential, clear career pathways  and supervisors who support education and  training for those pathways.  Industry leaders    i d    h i   l   f i  are committed to their employees, profession,  and mission to protect public health and the  environment ”environment.
  14. 14. DRINKING WATER/WASTEWATER  CRITICAL NEED OPERATIONSCRITICAL NEED: OPERATIONS Operator Skill Requirements Basic understanding of math and Basic understanding of math and  science concepts required M h i ll  i li dMechanically inclined Licensure requirementsq Other positions available within field  that require less skill/licensurethat require less skill/licensure
  15. 15. DRINKING WATER/WASTEWATER  OPERATOR SALARIESOPERATOR SALARIES Current Salary Ranges  Entry Level ‐ $38,000 ‐ $42,000  Mid Level  ‐ $46,000 ‐ $52,000  Supervisor Level ‐ $74,000 ‐ $83,000 P t ti l f  I d S l iPotential for Increased Salaries  Supply vs. Demand  Sophistication of facilities now requiring skilled  Sophistication of facilities now requiring skilled  employees  Licensure requirements  Jobs cannot be outsourced
  16. 16. DRINKING WATER/WASTEWATER  MARKETSMARKETS  Municipal Drinking Water and Wastewater Facilities  Department of Public Works, Water Districts, Commissions, Sewer  Districts P i  D i ki  W   d W  F ili i Private Drinking Water and Wastewater Facilities  Private operation firms, decentralized facilities, private water  supplies, etc.   Industrial Industrial  Private industrial facilities, commercial facilities, etc.  Private Sector C lti / i i  fi   t ti  fi   i t  Consulting/engineering firms, construction firms, equipment  manufacturers  Government  Federal  State  Local Federal, State, Local
  17. 17. HOW DO I FIND THESE JOBS?HOW DO I FIND THESE JOBS? Industry Web sites  www.mwpca.org  www.mwwa.memberclicks.net  www.newwa.org/careercenter  www.newea.org  www.awwa.org  ‐ career center  www.wef.org – job bank Workforce Development Agencies  Career Center LowellCareer Center Lowell  Skill Works  Regional Employment Agencies/Workforce Investment Board  MassDEP  Veteran Affairs Services
  18. 18. NEED HELP?NEED HELP? Mary Barry, Executive Director New England Water Environment Association ( 8 )  8(781) 939‐0908 mbarry@newea.org Lynn Foisy, Executive Director Massachusetts Water Pollution Control  Association (774) 289‐3405 @ hmwpca2011@yahoo.com

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