Waterversity Operator Training

Date:  July 26th - Sept. 1st
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
Registration Form

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 online 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.

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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.

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.