Municipal Affairs and Environment

Operator Education

The OETC Program delivers classroom-style education seminars at approximately 20 locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. These seminars were developed to deliver the theory of proper operation and maintenance to operators of municipal water and wastewater systems. They also provide operators with the knowledge base to prepare them to challenge certification exams.

Operator Education Curriculum

Operator Education Seminar Schedules


Fall 2017 Operator Education Seminars
Attention: Water and Wastewater System Operators

Please refer to the following table for information pertaining to seminar topics, locations, dates, and times. Operators, municipal staff, municipal officials, and other interested water professionals are welcome to attend. There is no fee for municipal participants to attend these seminars; however associated travel costs, including meals, are not included. There is a fee for non-municipal participants to attend these seminars.

Location Date Time Topic Contact Person
Trinity Bay North
(Frank Power Rec. Chalet)
Sept. 20 8:30-12:00 Proper Handling of Chlorine and Chlorine Containers Genny DeCoste
Corner Brook (City Hall) Sept. 26-28 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Treatment Level 1-2 Gerry Lahey
Sept. 29 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
St. Anthony
(Polar Center – Common Room)
October 3 9:00-12:30 Source Water Protection Deneen Spracklin
Gander
(Fire Hall)
October 3 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Basics Jim Pollett
October 4 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Day 2
October 5 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
Grand Falls- Windsor (Corduroy Brook Centre) October 17 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution System Basics Darren Patey
October 18 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution System Hydraulics
October 19 8:30 – 4:30 Water Quality Issues
October 20 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
Baie Verte (College of the North Atlantic) October 25 1:00 – 4:00 Proper Handling of Chlorine and Chlorine Containers Chris Blanchard
St. John’s
(Bay Bulls Big Pond WTP)
Oct. 31-Nov.2 8:30 – 4:30 Water Treatment Level 1-2 Deneen Spracklin
Nov. 3 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
Corner Brook (City Hall) Nov. 21 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution System Basics Darren Patey
Nov. 22 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution System Hydraulics
Nov. 23 8:30 – 4:30 Water Quality Issues
Nov. 24 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
Harbour Grace (Fireman’s Social Building) Dec. 5 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Basics Jim Pollett
Dec. 6 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Day 2
Dec. 7 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam

If you plan on attending any of the above noted seminars or certification exam sessions, please register with the appropriate contact person; contact information is provided below. To find out more information on the content to be covered during the seminars visit our website: http://www.mae.gov.nl.ca/waterres/training/operator_education/index.html

If any communities are interested in scheduling a Community Information Session on the use of the Newfoundland and Labrador Water Resources Portal please contact Deneen Spracklin. These sessions will be arranged with communities on an individual basis.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for challenging a certification exam visit www.mae.gov.nl.ca/waterres/training/operator_certification/requirements.html. The cost to challenge an exam is $75.00 plus HST and an Application for Certification may need to be submitted.

Any municipal participants attending these seminars may be eligible for funding through the Municipal Training Financial Assistance Fund (MTF) administered by the Municipal Finance Division of the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment. This funding assists elected municipal officials, municipal employees and municipal volunteers in gaining access to training and professional development opportunities. The funding application form is located here: http://www.mae.gov.nl.ca/training/index.html. Please contact Brenda Manning at (709) 729-4393 for any questions regarding the funding application.

If you have any questions regarding the Fall 2017 Operator Education Seminar Schedule please contact the following:

Darren L. Patey
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)729-7363
Email: darrenpatey@gov.nl.ca
Jim Pollett
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)292-4225
Email: jimpollett@gov.nl.ca
Deneen Spracklin
Program Lead
Phone: (709)729-1158
Email: dspracklin@gov.nl.ca
Gerry Lahey
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)637-2035
Email: glahey@gov.nl.ca
Chris Blanchard
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)637-2034
Email: cblancha@gov.nl.ca
Genny DeCoste
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)729-2558
Email: gennydecoste@gov.nl.ca

Additional Education Resources

ACWWA Newfoundland and Labrador Course Schedule:

Course:Lift Stations and Forcemains
Date: November 10, 2017
Time:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Description:This course will appeal to wastewater system operators, operation engineers, plant managers, utility managers, environmental and health agencies and other industries with an interest in obtaining valuable knowledge related to the design, operation and maintenance of lift stations and forcemains.
Location:Quality Inn, 64 Maple Valley Road, Corner Brook, NL, 709-639-8901
Contact Information:Registration details including the registration form and course cost can be found by following the link: http://www.acwwa.ca/pdfs/courses/2017-Fall/Lift%20Stations%20NL%202017.pdf
Course:Basic Laboratory Procedures for Water Operators
Date:November 28, 2017
Time:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Description:This course will appeal to water/wastewater operators, operation engineers, plant managers, utility managers, environmental and health agencies and other industries with an interest in obtaining valuable knowledge related to contaminants and associated laboratory procedures most relevant to water and wastewater operators in Atlantic Canada.
Location:Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott, St. John’s 199 Kenmount Road, St. John’s.
Contact Information:Registration details including the registration form and course cost can be found by following the link: http://www.acwwa.ca/pdfs/courses/2017-Fall/Basic%20Lab%20Fall%20NL%202017.pdf

To obtain information pertaining to education seminar schedules contact:

Deneen Spracklin

Program Lead
PO Box 8700
St.John's, NL
A1B 4J6
Tel: (709) 729-1158
Fax: (709) 729-0320

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