Maintenance Technologist School, Certification, & Exam

Current Maintenance Technologist

Look under the Maintenance Tech Certification for renewal information

   

Eastern Maintenance Technologist School and Exam

April 20 - 23, 2020, NCSU McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC, 27606

  • ONLINE REGISTRATION NOT AVAILABLE. Students must fill out an exam application to submit with your registration form. 
  •  REGISTRATION TO OPEN JANUARY 2020

Western Maintenance Technologist School and Exam

August 3 - 6, 2020, TBD

  • REGISTRATION TO OPEN May 2020


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

Participants must successfully complete a minimum of 80% of the approved contact hours (not including the exam). Those who complete 80% of the total contact hours will receive a Certificate of Attendance. This certificate will document attendance for use in demonstrating continuing education units (CEUs).

Participants who complete 80% of the total contact hours AND pass the certification exam will receive a Certificate of Attendance in addition to their Maintenance Technologist Certification. Certificates of Attendance will be distributed before the exam and qualify as documentation to receive continuing education units (CEUs).  

For information on approved contact hours, refer to the Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) section under each course description.

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.

 

Exams

For more information on Maintenance Technologist Certification Exams and exam retakes refer to https://www.ncsafewater.org/page/MaintTechSchool or contact the NC AWWA-WEA office at 919-784-9030.


Exams for Maintenance Technologist Class I, II & III will be held on the last day of the Maintenance Technologist School. A score of 70% or greater is required to pass the exam. 

 

If you require any specific testing accommodations due to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please notify us at least six (6) weeks in advance to ensure arrangements are completed in a timely manner.


Exam Retakes: Participants are eligible to retake the exam a maximum of three (3) times before having to retake the class. It is not necessary to qualify to attend the class again, only register to take the exam. A completed registration form along with payment would need to be received by the registration deadline.    

 

For Class I, II & III: The Needs to Know Manual can be used as a study reference and is located on the MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGIST CERTIFICATION & EXAM page.  It may be downloaded at no additional cost.

 

For Class IV Exam: In addition to the Needs to Know Manual, candidates eligible for the Class IV exam retake will receive additional study materials once registered to take the exam.  





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