Wastewater Operators Deserve a Shout-out!

 

By Cordell W. Samuels
Posted Oct. 4, 2013
 

 

The profession of wastewater operator is not ordinarily one of the most visible, but WEF is working to change that. As a guy who began a career in this area, I couldn’t be more gratified to see the Federation's emphasis on operator recruitment, retention, education, training, and recognition through its Operator Initiative. Wastewater operators protect public health and our environment 24/7, and they deserve the best training and education available today-- and let's not forget recognition for their invaluable service to communities around the country!

 

WEF offers many training resources and activities to advance the operator profession, including online courses, educational programming at WEFTEC® and workshops, and the OI was started to make them more easily accessible and to help identify areas for expansion. One big step forward was the adoption of National Guidelines for Wastewater Systems Operator Apprenticeship Programs, developed as a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Labor and WEF late last year. This exciting initiative will help lead to more consistency in training and certification, among other benefits including elevated stature for operations professionals. WEF has also established an Operator Strategy Workgroup to develop a strategy for supporting professional development of trained and credentialed operators with skills that meet current and future utility needs.

 

And when it comes to excitement, more than 200 of these amazing professionals will be at WEFTEC 2013 to compete in Operations Challenge. Teams include two from my own Member Association, WEA of Ontario--go Sludge Hammers (from my plant!) and OCWA Jets! Also at WEFTEC, the Operator Ingenuity Contest showcases the practical creativity of our professional operators. Contest winners will share their innovative solutions on Wednesday morning at WEFTEC. If you'd like to recognize the work of your local wastewater operations personnel, please feel free to add a post here.

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The profession of wastewater operator is not ordinarily one of the most visible, but WEF is working to change that. 

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Wastewater Operators Deserve a Shout-out!

 

By Cordell W. Samuels
Posted Oct. 4, 2013
 

 

The profession of wastewater operator is not ordinarily one of the most visible, but WEF is working to change that. As a guy who began a career in this area, I couldn’t be more gratified to see the Federation's emphasis on operator recruitment, retention, education, training, and recognition through its Operator Initiative. Wastewater operators protect public health and our environment 24/7, and they deserve the best training and education available today-- and let's not forget recognition for their invaluable service to communities around the country!

 

WEF offers many training resources and activities to advance the operator profession, including online courses, educational programming at WEFTEC® and workshops, and the OI was started to make them more easily accessible and to help identify areas for expansion. One big step forward was the adoption of National Guidelines for Wastewater Systems Operator Apprenticeship Programs, developed as a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Labor and WEF late last year. This exciting initiative will help lead to more consistency in training and certification, among other benefits including elevated stature for operations professionals. WEF has also established an Operator Strategy Workgroup to develop a strategy for supporting professional development of trained and credentialed operators with skills that meet current and future utility needs.

 

And when it comes to excitement, more than 200 of these amazing professionals will be at WEFTEC 2013 to compete in Operations Challenge. Teams include two from my own Member Association, WEA of Ontario--go Sludge Hammers (from my plant!) and OCWA Jets! Also at WEFTEC, the Operator Ingenuity Contest showcases the practical creativity of our professional operators. Contest winners will share their innovative solutions on Wednesday morning at WEFTEC. If you'd like to recognize the work of your local wastewater operations personnel, please feel free to add a post here.

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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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