Waterversity Operator Training

Start Date:  January 23, 2023
When: Monday and Wednesday
Time: 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Where: RAIN Incubator, 2304 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Facilitator: Will Hausa

Program Benefits:

  • Become Certified as Operator in Training
  • Learn critical job development skills in high-paying industry
  • Understand the science and processes for water systems operator jobs
  • Build a skilled workforce in Tacoma and Pierce County

Next upcoming cohort dates:

January 23, 2023-March 1, 2023 Wastewater

April 10, 2023-May 17, 2023 Wastewater

July 10, 2023-August 16, 2023 Drinking Water

October 2, 2023-November 8, 2023 Drinking Water

To register, you will need to complete the Registration Form below. You will receive more information on how to fully enroll in the course.

Registration FormWaterversity Book Deposit

Who should apply:

  • High school seniors
  • Post Active-Duty Military
  • Environmental studies students
  • Those seeking a career shift or Currently unemployed

RAIN incubator is instituting a career technical education program named Waterversity. This program will create career pathways, enhance quality of life, provide essential skills, and promote environmental justice for BIPOC and other underserved communities. Waterversity offers a 30 hour instructional workshop that will teach essential skills and will place graduates on the path to be recognized as Operators in Training in the Wastewater Treatment field.

Participants in Waterversity will learn the basics of biochemical treatment of residential, municipal, and industrial wastewater. The program has been certified by the Washington State Dept. of Ecology. Program graduates will achieve the Association of Boards of Certification benchmark for competency in 28 States with the goal of increasing education and job opportunities with an emphasis in scientific analysis and targeted experimentation.

The Waterversity career technical education program will help municipalities and organizations address the projected need for certified professionals in this field. An estimated 1 in 5 Operators will retire by 2026. In this same time frame the industry will grow by 6%. These factors indicate a forecasted shortage of essential workers with in-demand skills. These are high-paying job opportunities available to graduates of the Waterversity Program.

Read about what the EPA has to say about water treatment careers.

Have questions? Here is an FAQ page.

Course Study
Read more on the Waterversity Training here.

Introduction to Water Resource and Recovery

Learn about screening equipment and their purpose. Common problems with equipment and troubleshooting.

Fundamentals of Biological Treatment

Learn about primary treatment of wastewater and equipment. How to collect, analyze, and evaluate process control samples.

Activated Sludge

Learn about secondary treatment of wastewater and equipment used. How to collect, analyze, and evaluate process control samples.

Nutrient Removal

Learn about the biological treatment of commercial and residential wastewater.

Read more on the Waterversity Training here.

Introduction to Wastewater Treatment
Wastewater Characteristics
Preliminary Treatment of Wastewater
Primary Treatment of Wastewater
Fundamentals of Biological Treatment
Activated Sludge
Nutrient Removal
Solids Handling
Aerobic Digestion
Anaerobic Digestion
Laboratory Procedures