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5.1 Facilities Operations and Maintenance

Treatment of water and wastewater.

Critical Work Functions

  • 5.1.1 Understand water and/or wastewater treatment concepts and processes and water treatment design parameters.
    • 5.1.2 Evaluate characteristics of source water and/or watershed, including normal characteristics of water and recognizing abnormal systems, compliance inspection processes, and watershed/wellhead protection.
      • 5.1.3 Comprehend technologies of water resource management, including usage, conservation, and concepts of urban water reuse.
        • 5.1.4 Perform laboratory tasks including collecting samples, interpreting the analysis, and performing plant processes control analysis.
          • 5.1.5 Understand chemical application, handling, and storage procedures.
            • 5.1.6 Diagnose and troubleshoot equipment.
              • 5.1.7 Understand methods to prevent, identify, and/or respond to water loss or sewage overflow, including leak detection, monitoring, or surveys at the plant and in the collection or distribution system.
                • 5.1.8 Perform start-up and shut-down procedures.
                  • 5.1.9 Identify electrical and hydraulic principles.
                    • 5.1.10 Adjust chemical feed rates, flows, and operation of process units.
                      • 5.1.11 Calculate dosage rates, prepare chemicals, and confirm chemical strength.
                        • 5.1.12 Perform physical measurements and process control calculations.
                          • 5.1.13 Understand principles and processes of industrial process control software and equipment, such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.
                            Technical Content Areas

                            • 5.1.14 Biology
                              • 5.1.15 Chemistry
                                • 5.1.16 Mathematics
                                  • 5.1.17 Physics
                                    • 5.1.18 Hydrology
                                      • 5.1.19 Treatment Processes
                                        • 5.1.20 Laboratory Analysis and Processes
                                          • 5.1.21 Safety Procedures
                                            • 5.1.22 Water Systems Management/Administration
                                              • 5.1.23 Wastewater Systems Management
                                                • 5.1.24 System Operation and Maintenance
                                                  • 5.1.25 Regulations
                                                    • 5.1.26 SCADA