No Fee Training Opportunity: Drinking Water Operator

By on January 14, 2015
Drinking Water Operator Training

Are you mechanically inclined and like working with your hands? Are you interested in environmental issues and want to make a difference in your community? Consider becoming a licensed Drinking Water Operator.

With funding assistance from the EPA, St. Louis Community College has developed an accelerated job training program that is offered free of charge to those meeting the eligibility requirements.

Water operators work in water treatment plants. Fresh water is pumped from wells, rivers, streams, and reservoirs to water treatment plants, where it is treated and distributed to customers. Water operators run the equipment, control the processes, and monitor the plants that treat water to make it safe to drink.

Upon successful completion, students take two certification exams by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to become a licensed water operator.

When: April 16 through May 29, Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Center for Workforce Innovation, FV Campus

More Information: Drinking Water Operator Training

Those currently seeking a certificate or degree in an engineering-related field, and/or those with some mechanical or electrical experience are highly encouraged to apply for this free training!

For eligibility requirements, contact Rene Dulle at 314-539-5296.

The training program is approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resource (DNR) as course No. 1506127. This DNR course approval is equivalent to six months of water treatment and six months of distribution system operating experience. Certification renewal training credit hours are water treatment (57.5 hours), distribution (57.5 hours), wastewater (22.5 hours) and concentrated animal feeding operations (7.0 hours).

About Rene Dulle

Rene Dulle is a Program Manager for St. Louis Community College - Workforce Solutions Group. Her expertise includes collaborating with community and employer partners and leveraging grant opportunities to develop workforce training programs that lead to jobs with livable wages. She has managed a variety of educational programs with a focus on the transportation industry, renewable energy, and environmental sustainability. Rene holds a B.S. in Environmental Science, specializing in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability, from Oregon State University, and a MBA from Saint Louis University. She currently serves on the OneSTL regional initiative to reduce energy and emissions, and is an active committee member of the St. Louis Regional Freightway.

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