Maintenance professionals in the water and wastewater industry are confronted with increasing technology challenges and changes requiring an extensive knowledge of the many types of equipment and maintenance strategies of industrial maintenance. Oklahoma Water Environmental Association (OWEA) has implemented a continual program of education, reinforcement and validation of the skills necessary to sustain the industry, by providing training for the workforce.
This maintenance training and certification program provides the ability to raise and validate knowledge and skills required to successfully maintain, repair, and replace equipment and to perform maintenance activities according to current professional standards. The training will be over a variety of subjects and will not teach you how to pass the test. It is the responsibility of the student to read the suggested study material prior to the training. Each training session will consist of 2.5-days of instruction culminating in the opportunity for attendees to become certified by taking the Plant Maintenance Technologist exam on the afternoon of the last day. The certification exam taken will correspond with the Class level taught at a particular training.
Class I instruction covers the basics of Preventive Maintenance (PM) and Corrective Maintenance (CM). Subjects covered will include the importance of lubrication, the importance of frequent equipment monitoring followed by routine PMs, along with other basic principles of maintenance work. Class I is geared toward the entry level person needing a basic knowledge of terminology and the basic principles of PM. Class I consists of lubricating, performing readings, conducting rounds, performing routine preventive maintenance, and other basic skills. Basic math skills are required. Maintenance mechanics and technicians with experience may consider this level a review and preparation for the Class I exam to validate their knowledge.
- High school diploma, GED, or equivalent; and
- Successful completion of an OWEA Class I Maintenance Technologist Training, and
- One year of acceptable maintenance experience. Acceptable maintenance experience and duties for Class I includes lubricating, performing readings, conducting rounds, and performing routine preventive maintenance on equipment or systems.
Approved Training Hours
- The Class I training is approved for a minimum of 13 contact hours for Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) training for operations licenses.
Class II instruction will build on the principles of preventive maintenance covered in Class I by examining routine methods of equipment tear-down, performing repairs and installing or reinstalling equipment. This level is a more challenging for both new and more seasoned maintenance personnel. Students preparing for Class II should review the suggested readings well in advance of the training session. Prior knowledge of intermediate shop math concepts will be helpful for this and subsequent certification levels.
- Hold an active Class I maintenance technologist certificate, and
- Successful completion of an OWEA Class II Maintenance Technologist Training,
A minimum of three years of acceptable maintenance experience, including a minimum of six months of acceptable maintenance experience in water or wastewater systems. Acceptable, related maintenance experience may be used for the balance of the three year requirement, but in any case such experience shall include a minimum of two years performing Class II duties. Acceptable maintenance experience and duties for Class II include tearing down equipment, performing repairs, installing and reinstalling equipment.
Class III certification implies competence in the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the Core Competencies of an advanced skilled and journey working level Maintenance Technologist. This level tests the advance skills of performing maintenance activities.
- Hold an active Class II maintenance technologist certificate, and
- Successful completion of an OWEA Class III Maintenance Technologist Training, and
- A minimum of five years of acceptable maintenance experience, including a minimum of one year of acceptable maintenance experience in water or wastewater systems. Acceptable, related maintenance experience may be used for the balance of the five year requirement, but in any case such experience shall include a minimum of two years performing Class III duties. Acceptable maintenance experience and duties for Class III include inspecting or supervising Class I and II duties, performing predictive maintenance tasks and analyzing the results of such tasks.
Successful Completion & Certificates of Attendance
Successful completion of these training sessions constitutes attendance at a minimum of 80% of the training session’s total class hours (not including the exam). Participants who attend 80% of the training session, but do not take or do not pass the certification exam will receive a Certificate of Attendance. This certificate will document attendance for use in demonstrating continuing education credits.
Participants who attend 80% of the training session AND pass the certification exam will receive a Certificate of Attendance for use in documenting continuing educating credits, and a Maintenance Technologist Certificate that will include their new certification number.
It is imperative that students have access to the following books and have studied these references prior to attending the training session. Books may be ordered directly from the publisher using the contact information provided below. A limited number of books will be available on-site at each training session.
Pumps and Pumping
Industrial Maintenance and Trouble Shooting Fourth Edition
by Denis Green and Jonathan F. Gosse
ONE of the following books is recommended
Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants, Volume II
Industrial Waste Treatment, Volume II
Water Treatment Plant Operation, Volume II
To order from publisher;
Office of Water Programs, California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street, Sacramento CA 95819-6025