The IWEA Operator
Challenge happened on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 during the WATERCON 2014
conference. The challenge was in the main exhibit hall center aisle. The
event started at 1pm and finished up
around 3pm. The challenge consisted of
four events, Maintenance, Safety, Laboratory, and Operations. There were
a total of 26 participants. Judges were assigned to the events along
strict judging criteria. The equipment
and supplies necessary for the events was graciously supplied by
vendors. Each event was structured for
learning and a bit of fun. Each of the
26 participants received a Certificate of
Participation and the winners of each event received an award plaque. Here are the results and recap of the
Laboratory event was a low
analysis. The challengers utilized equipment
and supplies provided by Hach. The standards and unknown were provided
by PDC Labs and Prairie Analytical. The challengers were judged on
technique. The winners of this event
were James Kaminski and Rick Federighi.
Maintenance event was the replacement of lobes on
a rotary lobe pump. Pump, tools and
replacement parts were provided by CES repping Borger, Peterson & Matz
repping Vogelsang, and Flow Technics repping Netzsch. The challengers were required to safely
remove and replace the lobes in one of the three pumps. The winners of the maintenance challenge are
Wayne Rydecki and Josh Peters.
Safety event was a hazardous confined space
entry. The participant had pretend this
was a permit required confined space.
They had to fill out the form, suit up, connect up, and pretend to step
into a hole. Equipment will be provided
by Argus-Hazco. The winners of this
event are Dan Raddatz and our own Lou Storino.
Operations event was a plant operator’s worst
nightmare. The short quiz was developed
by the ERTC experts. The quiz had a few
devious twists woven into the questions.
The winners of this event were Robert Turley and our own Pat Schatz.
There was one
trepid individual that successfully navigated all 4 of the challenges. The Overall Winner was Jim Winslade with a
combined score of 354.
remember these vendors and thank them for their contributions to this successful