Creating a Level Playing Field for All

Posted by Cordell Samuels, WEF President
March 15, 2013
 

 

Reprinted from February 2013 WEF Highlights 

 

Lately, there have been many discussions about developing the utility of the future and recovering energy and chemicals from water resource recovery facilities. But less is being said about the operators and the engineers who will be needed to design, manage, maintain, and operate these facilities.

 

Our sector is experiencing a massive changeover in personnel as the workforce ages. And with so many existing employees retiring, a crisis in the near future is possible. New employees in the industry face less transfer of knowledge from those they replace, as well as more and different required skill sets to operate the facilities handed over to them.

 

In many communities, people entering the workforce often find it difficult to attend conferences and seminars to build their skills. Some managers and senior employees feel these educational opportunities are "privileges" that have to be earned over time. This attitude has to change, and we must start new practices now.

 

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Our sector is experiencing a massive changeover in personnel as the workforce ages. And with so many existing employees retiring, a crisis in the near future is possible.

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Creating a Level Playing Field for All

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Creating a Level Playing Field for All

Posted by Cordell Samuels, WEF President
March 15, 2013
 

 

Reprinted from February 2013 WEF Highlights 

 

Lately, there have been many discussions about developing the utility of the future and recovering energy and chemicals from water resource recovery facilities. But less is being said about the operators and the engineers who will be needed to design, manage, maintain, and operate these facilities.

 

Our sector is experiencing a massive changeover in personnel as the workforce ages. And with so many existing employees retiring, a crisis in the near future is possible. New employees in the industry face less transfer of knowledge from those they replace, as well as more and different required skill sets to operate the facilities handed over to them.

 

In many communities, people entering the workforce often find it difficult to attend conferences and seminars to build their skills. Some managers and senior employees feel these educational opportunities are "privileges" that have to be earned over time. This attitude has to change, and we must start new practices now.

 

Continue reading... 

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Cordell W. Samuels is the 2012-2013 President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). He is the Plant Superintendent for the Duffin Creek WPCP in the Regional Municipality of Durham in Ontario, Canada. In that capacity, he manages one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Ontario. Prior to his current position, Cordell worked in the City of Toronto for 22 years. Cordell has been a WEF member since 1994 and served on the Federation’s House of Delegates and several WEF committees. He has been an active member of both the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), serving as President of the Water Environment Association of Ontario in 2005.

 


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