Waterversity Operator Training

Date:  June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24
Time: 1:00-5:00
Where: RAIN Incubator, 2304 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Facilitator: Will Hausa, Wastewater Operations Supervisor for the City of Tacoma, and President of the PNW Clean Water Association.

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
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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 new career training 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. This 4-day (16-hours of instruction) workshop will teach fundamental skills and will put 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.

Our Waterversity training program will help cities in Pierce County to meet the coming need for workers 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.

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Course Study

Introduction to Water Resource and Recovery

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

June 12

Fundamentals of Biological Treatment

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

June 26

Activated Sludge

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

July 10

Nutrient Removal

Learn about the biological treatment of commercial and residential wastewater.

July 24

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