Surface Water Quality Bureau
Utility Operators Certification Program
Wastewater Systems Operator Certification Study Manual

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The manual has been created as a tool to assist Wastewater Systems operators in New Mexico in preparation for taking the New Mexico Collection Systems Operator, Small Wastewater Systems Operator, and Wastewater Systems Operator certification exams. There are two classes of Collection Systems Operator certification, two classes of Small Wastewater Systems Operator certification, and four classes of Wastewater System Operator certification. The guide is intended to be a complete reference manual for technical information. Its purpose is to guide the reader to study material for each of the major subject areas for each of the classes. There is no implied claim that the study manual covers every possible point on which an operator may be tested. However, it is intended to be comprehensive in its coverage of the essential information for each exam.

The intent of the manual is to provide a document that elaborates on the subject matter listed in the State Certification Need To Know Criteria. The manual will serve a dual purpose in that the operator will have the necessary information needed to study for their State Certification tests as well as an on hand reference manual that can be used to optimize their treatment processes.

The study manual is available online as a single PDF download (8 MB) or divided into 23 Acrobat files, including sixteen chapters and five appendices for easy online referencing.

Mike Coffman
Program Leader
(505) 222-9575

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

NOTICE Additional fees are now assessed for replacement Operator ID cards and training certificates.  Fill out and send us back the online form to replace your missing items today.
NEWS RELEASE:  The UOCP announces two new certification levels:  Water Sampler Technician 1 and Water Sampler Technician 2.   Applications are available online.
Wastewater Laboratory Technician examination Levels 1-3 are now available.
The UOCP is now accepting electronic submittals for training credits.  Please note that this form will be required by all training providers to submit operator training credits in the future.

The application deadline is Wednesday,   September 21st, 2011 for the New Mexico Rural Water Workship to be held in Las Cruces on Friday, October 21st, 2011.

(8 MB)

 
(776 kb);
 
(268 kb);
Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION TO WASTEWATER CHARACTERISTICS & TREATMENT
(370 kb);
Chapter 2: OPERATOR SAFETY (339 kb);
Chapter 3: PLANT PRETREATMENT (311 kb);
Chapter 4: WASTEWATER COLLECTION SYSTEMS (763 kb);
Chapter 5: WASTEWATER TREATMENT PONDS (734 kb);
Chapter 6: SEDIMENTATION (742 kb);
Chapter 7: FIXED FILM SECONDARY TREATMENT (782 kb);
Chapter 8: MECHANICAL SYSTEMS (1.1 MB);
Chapter 9: DISINFECTION (647 kb);
Chapter 10: ACTIVATED SLUDGE (1.5 MB);
Chapter 11: SOLIDS HANDLING (492 kb);
Chapter 12: TERTIARY TREATMENT (263 kb);
Chapter 13: NITROGEN REMOVAL (502 kb);
Chapter 14: WASTEWATER LABORATORY (424 kb);
Chapter 15: SAMPLING AND REPORTING (332 kb);
Chapter 16: STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS (271 kb);
Appendix A: WASTEWATER MATH - COMMON EQUIVALENTS USED TO SOLVE WASTEWATER MATH PROBLEMS (218 kb);
Appendix B: WASTEWATER MATH - FORMULAS USED TO SOLVE WASTEWATER MATH PROBLEMS (231 kb);
Appendix C: FECAL COLIFORM - HOW TO CALCULATE GEOMETRIC MEAN (221 kb);
Appendix D: DEFINITIONS AND CALCULATIONS FOR DMRS (294 kb); and
Appendix E: GLOSSARY OF WASTEWATER TERMS (1.6 MB).

The wastewater study guide manual was produced by the NMSU DACC WUTAP (New Mexico State University, Doña Ana Community College, Water Utilities Technical Assistance Program) and funded by the NMED SWQB FOT (New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau Facility Operations Team). Members of the WUTAP staff - Robert Gott, Program Coordinator; Robert George & Bernie Garcia, Field Training Specialists; and Nancy Gott, Office Manager - are solely responsible for the writing, editing, and compilation of the manual.

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