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Call for Trainers - Operator Certification

Thursday, May 30, 2019  
Posted by: John Dillon
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As the water industry continues evolving with the exodus of long-time utility operators and the influx of new operators in-training, the demand for classroom teaching of distribution system maintenance and water treatment is gathering additional momentum. ISAWWA offers 30-hour operator training courses and 12–hour operator training classes related to IEPA Class C&D and IEPA Class A&B certifications.  As such, ISAWWA is looking to expand our offerings throughout different regions of the state.  While we have some excellent trainers in the immediate areas in the western Chicago area suburbs, other areas in demand for operator training classes is in the northern Chicago suburbs; in downtown Chicago; in Northwest Illinois and Central and Southern IL.   While ISAWWA offers approximately one-hundred (100) 4-hour seminars with many outstanding volunteer instructors, ISAWWA and our Board of Directors, feel strongly that a stipend be paid for our multi-hour Operator Training Classes.  All Operator Training classes are taught with ISAWWA provided proprietary materials.  Classroom books are purchased by the students.


If teaching is something you feel comfortable with and you feel you meet the qualifications, (see below) please contact ISAWWA Education Manager, John Dillon at with questions you may have related to these teaching opportunities and to schedule an interview.


Job Description – ISAWWA Operator Trainer

Certified IEPA Water Operator and/or Professional Engineer (PE)

Minimum 5 years’ experience in Water Distribution Systems and/or Water Treatment Plant Operations

Multi-week availability – typically 3-hours per week for 10 weeks - Or – available 2 consecutive days of 6-hours each day


Able to work/communicate with a diverse group of people


C&D instructors experience with Distribution Systems; Pumping; Storage; Chlorination and Fluoridation; Wells; Math


A&B instructors experience with Class C& D material plus Aeration and Filtration; Ion-Exchange Softening; Coagulation and Sedimentation; Lime Softening; Membrane Filtration; UV disinfection; pathogen removal; Math


Hourly stipend paid based on classroom training hours

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