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Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 Operator of The Future Curtis L. Truss Jr., Executive Director OTCO.

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1 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 Operator of The Future Curtis L. Truss Jr., Executive Director OTCO

2 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 SPUG Mission Statement The mission of the Sewer Pipe Users Group of Northeast Ohio is to advocate for technology transfer of information and to share knowledge about effective ways to install, operate and maintain municipal sanitary and storm sewer systems. OTCO Mission Statement The primary focus of the Operator Training Committee of Ohio, Inc. is to design, develop, and deliver various types of training programs for individuals in water and wastewater utility occupation, in business, industrial, and government.

3 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 SPUG HISTORY The Sewer Pipe Users Group (SPUG) is a non-profit organization (501c3 status) created in SPUG was formed as a group whose goals are to educate and solve sewer maintenance, rehabilitation, and operation problems. SPUG is governed by a chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, and treasurer and terms are one year in duration. OTCO HISTORY Operator Training Committee of Ohio, Inc. is a non-profit (501(c)(3) created in Govern by a Board of Trustees and functions day-to-day under the direction of an Executive Director and staff. “The purpose or purposes for which said corporation is formed are training of water & wastewater works operators; collecting and disseminating information on water and wastewater works operation; and doing any and all things necessary or incident thereto.”

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8 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 The “quest” form “pure” water began during Prehistoric Times

9 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 9 No written documentation during this period

10 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 Documentation found on the walls of Egyptian Pharaohs tombs of BC Amenophis II and Rameses II

11 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 Sanskrit writings and Egyptian inscriptions The ancient Egyptian “operators” allowed impurities to settle out of the liquid, siphoned off the clarified fluid using wick siphons and, finally, stored it for later use.

12 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 Beginning of The First Municipal Operators.

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14 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 14  After Great Depression  Work Project Administration (WPA) –Dams –Bridges & Roads –Water & Wastewater Plant

15 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 15  Under WPA, Two Areas Not Formerly Address –Certification –Training

16 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 16  In Ohio, The Following Occurred –Public Health Council –Sanitary Code –July 15, 1937 Regulation #236 - #240 adopted –August 1, 1937 effective

17 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 17  Operator Certification  Grandfathered –127 water works, –114 sewage works  Class A, B, C, & D

18 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 18  November 1939 first exams –held in 5 cities –suspended examinations in 1942 –resumed examinations 1946

19 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 19  1946 –Grandfathering Removed From Regulation  1947 –Operator Training Group Formed  1984 –Wastewater Collection Certification

20 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 20  1988 Operator Certification renewal –Initiated Examination Fees –No Accurate Account For # Of Certified Operators –No Continuing Education Required

21 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 21  1996 Safe Drinking Water Act  Operator Certification  Operator Renewal  Operator Continuing Education

22 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 22  1998 OEPA Stakeholders Workgroup –Operator Continuing Education –Class IV –Guidelines Not OAC  January 1, 2001 –Operator Continuing Education Began

23 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 23  Four Major issued discussed –Class IV –Plant reclassifications –Duties of Certified Operator –Minimum staffing requirements

24 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 24  Wastewater Collections Systems  Water Distribution NO MINIMUM STAFFING REQUIRED OPERATOR OF RECORD IS REQUIRED

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26 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 26 Greatest Generation  Depression Babies  The Establishment  Deferred Gratification  Self Sacrificed

27 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 27 Baby Boomers  Career Driven:  Work then Relax  Loyal & Fraternal  50 is the new 30 & 70 is the new 50  Personal Accountability

28 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 28 Generation X  Multitaskers  Overshadowed by Boomers  Latch Key Kids  Current transitioning workforce  Age 47 yrs – 22 yrs

29 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 29 Generation Y  Millennials (Internet)  Inventive & Individualistic  Assume Technology  Job Loyalty?  Beginning Transition  Age 21 yrs – 9 yrs

30 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 30 Generation Z ???  War On Terrorism  Increase Security  Technology Boom

31 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 31  During the next 15 years, approximately 78 million (29% of the population) “Baby Boomers” will leave the workforce.  Generation X ( ) makes up only 16% of the population, thus causing a severe employee shortage.  The new generations will bring difference values to the workplace.

32 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 32  Historical knowledge of equipment, design, and systems  Lessons learned from previous events or projects  System engineering knowledge  Troubleshooting skills

33 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 33 Future  Challenges Training  Operator Shortage  60,000 operators by 2012  attractive profession  Distance Learning  Remote area challenge  Funding Shortage

34 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO Definitions. (G)(2) The following types of experience related to a public water system, a treatment works, a water distribution system, or a wastewater collection system shall not qualify: clerical duties, commercial laboratory work; sludge hauling if not part of a treatment works; academic research; meter reading only; experience as a laborer, if only responsible for mowing grass, painting tanks, etc.; construction inspections; engineering design; off-site work on operation and maintenance manuals; off-site monitoring of SCADA; and septage hauling.

35 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO Definitions. –(L) “Operator of record In Responsible Charge” means an individual identified as being the on-site certified operator or one of the on-site certified operators responsible for the management and supervision of technical operation of 1) Public Water System, or 2) A Treatment Facility, if a public water systems has more than one treatment facility, or 3) A Distribution Systems, or 4) A Sewage Systems, or 5) A Treatment Works, or 6) A Treatment Facility, if a treatment works has more than one treatment facility

36 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 36  Recordkeeping requirements and responsibilities of a certified operator. (B) A certified operator shall: (1) Perform their duties in a responsible and professional manner consistent with standard operating procedures and best management practices; (2) Operate and maintain public water systems, sewerage systems, treatment works, and appurtenances so as not to endanger the health or safety of persons working in or around the facility, the public at large, or the environment due to negligence or incompetence; and …..

37 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 37  Recordkeeping requirements and responsibilities of a certified operator. (3) Report all instances of noncompliance with applicable regulations to the operator of record or facility supervisor.

38 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 38  Certification of operators CertificationEducation Operating experience required Class ASee paragraph (B)(5)(C) Class I High school diploma 12 months Class II High school diploma 36 months Class III High school diploma 60 months 12 months experience as a Class II certified operator in the same field Class IV(See paragraph (C)(2)of of his rule

39 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 39  Certification of operators Did you know operating experience in Wastewater Collection Systems CAN be applied toward Wastewater Treatment Plant operator experience? (4) WW IV (3) WW III {Collection Systems Does Not (2) WW II Supersede Treatment but…} (2) WWCS II (1) WW I (1) WWCS I

40 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 40  Generation X  Generation Y  Generation Z ???

41 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 41  Diverse  Multi Disciplined  Knowledgeable on both sides of the faucet  Technically Savvy

42 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 Training “The education, instruction, or discipline of a person or thing that is being trained.”

43 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 Educating “To develop the faculties and powers of (a person) by teaching, instruction, or schooling”

44 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 Certification “Validating the authenticity of something or someone”.  Validated

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47 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 47 Curtis L. Truss Jr Indianola Avenue Columbus OH (614) (614) fax (937) cell Your thoughts?

48 Sewer Pipe User Group March 13, 2008 OTCO 48  Resources –American Water Works Association “The Human Crisis” –Susan Nagel, Esq. Ohio Department of Administrative Services Human Resources Division –Tom Brokaw, Journalist “The Greatest Generation” –Ohio Administrative Code


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