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Maintenance Technologist Schools, Certification, & Exam

The NC AWWA-WEA Plant Operations & Maintenance Committee annually holds two Maintenance Technologist certification schools and exams.

 

 

 

 

Current Maintenance Technologist

Download 2017 Renewal Form

 

Download list of certified Maintenance Technologist (Updating) 

 

Eastern Maintenance Technologist School & Exam

April 24-27, 2017  in Raleigh, NC

2017 Eastern Maintenance Tech Registration Form.

2017 Maintenance Tech Exam Application

 

Western Maintenance Technologist School & Exam

June 12-16, 2017  in Morganton, NC

2017 Western Maintenance Tech Registration Form

2017 Maintenance Tech Exam Application 


Overview

Maintenance professionals in the water and wastewater industry continue to be confronted with increasing technology challenges and changes requiring an extensive knowledge of the many facets of industrial maintenance. In order to stay abreast of these challenges, our profession needs to implement a continual program of education, reinforcement and validation of the skills necessary to sustain our industry.


A maintenance training and certification program provides the ability to raise and validate knowledge and skills required to successfully perform maintenance activities according to current professional standards. Each school will consist of 3.5-days of instruction culminating in the opportunity for attendees to become certified by taking the Plant Maintenance Technologist exam on the afternoon of the fourth day. The certification exam taken will correspond with the Class level taught at a particular school.

To learn more refer to the Maintenance Technician Certification Program Policy.

 

 

Class Descriptions

 

Class I

Class I instruction covers the basics of maintenance.  Subjects covered will include the importance of lubrication and the importance of frequent equipment monitoring followed by routine preventive maintenance (PM).  Class I is geared toward the apprentice level person needing a foundation of terminology and the basic principles of PM. 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent; and
  • Successful completion of an NC AWWA-WEA Class I Maintenance Technologist School, 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.
  • Substitution of education for experience shall be permitted, but shall not exceed fifty percent of the stated maintenance experience requirement for Class I.

Continuing Education Credits

  • The Class I school is approved for 23 contact hours for continuing education for water operators by the NCWTFO Certification Board. Course ID: 091420
  • The Class I school is approved by the Wastewater Commission for 23 contact hours for continuing education for wastewater operators. WPCSOCC COURSE ID: BE06290901.
  • The Class I school is approved for 23 PDH’s for professional engineers.

 

Class II

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 little more challenging for both new and more seasoned maintenance personnel.  Students preparing for Class II should refer to the Needs-To-Know and review the suggested readings well in advance of the school. Prior knowledge of intermediate shop math concepts will be helpful for this and subsequent certification levels.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Hold an active Class I maintenance technologist certificate, and
  • Successful completion of an NC AWWA-WEA Class II Maintenance Technologist School, and
  • 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.
  • Substitution of related education for experience shall be permitted but shall not exceed fifty percent of the stated maintenance experience requirement for Class II.

Continuing Education Credits

  • The Class II school is approved for 23 contact hours for continuing education for water operators by the NCWTFO Certification Board. Course ID: 091420
  • The Class II school is approved by the Wastewater Commission for 23 contact hours for continuing education for wastewater operators. WPCSOCC COURSE ID: BE03311101.
  • The Class II school is approved for 23 PDH’s. for professional engineers.

 

Class III

Designed to demonstrate competency at the advanced skilled and journey working level. More specifically, 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Hold an active Class II maintenance technologist certificate, and
  • Successful completion of an NC AWWA-WEA Class III Maintenance Technologist School, 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.
  • Substitution of related education for experience shall be permitted but shall not exceed fifty percent of the stated maintenance experience requirement for Class III.

Continuing Education Credits

 

  • The Class III school is approved for 23 contact hours for continuing education for water operators by the NCWTFO Certification Board. Course ID: 091420
  • The Class III school is approved by the Wastewater Commission for 23 contact hours for continuing education for wastewater operators. WPCSOCC COURSE ID: BE03311102.
  • The Class III school is approved for 23 PDH’s for professional engineers.

 

Class IV

Designed to demonstrate competency at the Program Manager level whether as a Supervisor or Lead Person.  More specifically, Class IV certification implies competence in the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job duties of a supervisory working and management level Maintenance Technologist

Eligibility Requirements

  • Hold an active Class III maintenance technologist certificate, and
  • Successful completion of an NC AWWA-WEA Class IV Maintenance Technologist School, and
  • A minimum of seven years of acceptable maintenance experience, including a minimum of 1.5 years of acceptable maintenance experience in water or wastewater systems.  Acceptable, related maintenance experience may be used for the balance of the seven year requirement, but in any case such experience shall include a minimum of two years performing Class III duties and one year of supervising others.  Acceptable maintenance experience and duties for Class IV include: Inspecting and supervising Class I, II and III duties, recommending purchases, developing work and maintenance schedules and evaluating personnel performance. Participate in establishment of goals, objectives, policies and priorities.  Preparation and presentation of staff reports and budgets.  Design and administration of safety programs.
  • Substitution of related education for experience shall be permitted but shall not exceed fifty percent of the stated maintenance experience requirement for Class IV.

Continuing Education Credits

  • The Class IV school is approved for 23 contact hours for continuing education for water operators by the NCWTFO Certification Board. COURSE ID: 091420
  • The Class IV school is approved by the Wastewater Commission for 23 contact hours for continuing education for wastewater operators. WPCSOCC COURSE ID: BE03311103.
  • The Class IV school is approved for 23 PDH’s for professional engineers.

Certification Exam

A testing window will be announced each year. Participants who successfully complete the level IV class will receive information after the conclusion of the school about registering for an exam site. The exam will be a computerized test given at multiple sites around North Carolina.

   

 

Successful Completion & Certificates of Attendance

Successful completion of these schools constitutes attendance at a minimum of 80% of the school’s total class hours (not including the exam). Participants who attend 80% of the school, 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 school 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. Certificates of Attendance will be distributed before the exam.

For individuals that pass the exam, Maintenance Technologist certificates will be mailed after the certification exams have been graded. Please allow 8-12 weeks to receive your exam results and/or certificate.



Study Materials

It is highly recommended that students have access to the following books.  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 school.

Please note that the registration fee includes one copy of the appropriate Needs-To-Know manual. Manuals will be given to students when they arrive at school. If you would like access to these manuals before the school they may be downloaded for free using the links at the bottom of this page.


Partial list of recommended books (Click here for a full list)

Pumps and Pumping -  Electrical Fundamentals for Water and Wastewater
To order from publisher, contact: ARC Publications
1298 Elm St SW, Albany OR 97321
Phone: (541) 928-5211    Fax: (541) 926-3478
Web site: www.acrp.com,  E-mail: acrp@acrp.com

 

Audel Mechanical Trades Pocket Manual, 4th Edition
by Thomas Bieber Davis and Carl A. Nelson, Sr.
Industrial Maintenance, 3rd edition

 

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
Phone: (916) 278-6142    Fax: (916) 278-5959
Web site: www.owp.csus.edu, E-mail: wateroffice@owp.csus.edu

 

Books Specific to Class IV

New Books for Class IV

Maintenance Manager's Standard Manual, 2nd Edition
Thomas A. Westerkamp
ISBN 0132437341
Pub. Date: April 1997
Available online through various booksellers, approximate cost $91

 

Utility Management
Office of Water Programs
California State University Sacramento (CSUS)
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6025
916/278-6142
www.owp.csus.edu, approximate cost $29

Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure Management
Neil S. Grigg, CRC Press
800-272-7737  www.crcpress.com, approximate cost $126

Audel Millwrights and Mechanics Guide, 5th Ed.
Approximate cost $38

Books from Previous Levels

Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants, Volume II     
Office of Water Programs
California State University Sacramento (CSUS)
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6025
916/278-6142
www.owp.csus.edu, approximate cost $42

Industrial Maintenance
Pumps and Pumping, Arasmith
Electrical Fundamentals for Water and Wastewater, Arasmith
Audel Mechanical Trades pocket manual





Trainers Needed

Trainers are needed to lead the Maintenance Technologist Certification Schools. Trainer Minimum Criteria: Be Experienced professionals in the water/wastewater field having at least 5 years of progressive experience in operations (operations certification is preferred) and/or plant maintenance. Be capable of providing classroom training in theory and practical application of equipment repair, troubleshooting, maintenance of electrical. Mechanical, electronic equipment, components, and systems. Be willing to help develop or learn to develop standardized power point presentations for classroom instruction. To volunteer as a trainer or learn more, please contact Clarissa Lipscomb at clipscomb@ci.henderson.nc.us.

Prohibition of Recording Statement: Recording of any sounds or visual images, and use of any recording device or medium now known, or later developed, is prohibited at all NC AWWA-WEA Seminar, School, Conference or other training events unless prior written permission has been expressly granted by NC AWWA-WEA.

 

 

 

 

Maintenance Technician

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Maint Tech Math Manual (2014) PDF (3.69 MB) Administration 10/30/2014
MaintTech Formulas (March 2009) PDF (75.49 KB) Administration 10/30/2014
Maint Tech Class 1 Curriculum (May 2009) PDF (39.98 KB) Administration 10/30/2014
Maint Tech Class 1 Needs to Know Manual (May 2010) PDF (251.69 KB) Administration 10/30/2014
Maint Tech Class 2 Curriculum (Mar 2010) PDF (96.7 KB) Administration 10/30/2014
Maint Tech Class 2 Needs to Know Manual (May 2010) PDF (536.3 KB) Administration 10/30/2014
Maint Tech Class 3 Curriculum (Dec 2010) PDF (116.62 KB) Administration 10/30/2014
Maint Tech Class 3 Needs to Know Manual (Feb 2011) PDF (572.68 KB) Administration 10/30/2014
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