Applied Math and Basic Science for Waterworks Operators -  April 10-14, 2017 - Virginia Tech Richmond Center - Richmond, Virginia

General Information

Do you need to brush up on your applied math skills? Do you understand the basic sciences associated with water treatment operations? Nearly everyone who works at a waterworks facility is facing these challenges.

To address this training need, Virginia Tech in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) developed a short course that covers the math and science of real-world, water treatment applications. It is an intensive course that builds from introductory, basic skills to the application of many important principles. Topics include the calculation of chemical feed rates, interpreting pump curves, interpreting water quality data, selecting the best coagulant dosage, calculating filter rates, interpreting water treatment regulations, and much more.

The course materials include a manual expressly designed for the short course and a student workbook that provides examples used for in-class exercises and homework assignments. Near the end of the week, participants will work in small groups on a comprehensive example that ties all the course lessons together, and individually work at computers to solve water treatment problems.

Course instructors have been carefully selected based on their experience in the water treatment field, presentation skills, and experience in teaching operator training courses. The instructors come from Virginia Tech, the VDH, and municipalities.

Will this short course prepare you for the courses offered as part of the Annual Short School for Operators at Virginia Tech? Does it help with licensure? "Strongly, yes, to both questions!" This course was designed to supplement and complement the material presented at the Annual Short School. For some years, we have wanted to free up time in the Annual Short School for new and emerging topics. This program enables us to remove some of the math and science that was a part of the Short School, Water 1-3 Short Courses. This course will help with licensure at all levels, because as Yogi Berra might have said, "The course starts at the beginning!"

Offered by

Virginia Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water

Virginia Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Continuing and Professional Education (CPE)

Who Should Participate

This course is intended for all waterworks operators. If you need an introduction to the applied math and science of waterworks operations, or if you need to brush-up your skills in these areas, this course is for you.

Participant Funding and Program Costs

Virginia Tech has been awarded grant monies from VDH for participant funding for this course. Funding covers all but $135 of your registration fee (includes five nights of lodging, daily breakfast, lunch and breaks, dinner on Monday and Wednesday, and course materials.) Sign up early to ensure your seat in the course, we are only able to accept 25 participants. Commuters will pay a $85 fee (includes daily breaks, lunches, and course materials.)

Location and Lodging

The course will be offered at the Virginia Tech Richmond Center located at 2810 Parham Road, Suite 300, Richmond, Virginia. Lodging will be offered for participants at The Westin Richmond, located at 6631 West Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23230. If you register under the single-occupancy option, a lodging reservation will be made in your name for the nights of April 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13, width check out on April 14.

Continuing Education Units

You will earn 3.5 CEUs (equal to 35 contact hours) for successful completion of the course, which is determined on the basis of both attendance and performance on the comprehensive problem. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the conclusion of the course.

The registration fee includes course materials, instruction, daily breaks and lunches, and two dinners. - Register now!

For More Information

Questions about the Course
Please feel free to contact Dr. Gregory Boardman, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, if you have any questions about the content of the course, Dr. Boardman can be reached by e-mail: or phone: 540-231-1376.

For more information about registration please contact Nancy Rakes by email: or phone: 540-231-2922, for more information about lodging and scholarships, please contact Briana Blanchard by email: or phone: 540-231-2014

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