Banner showing image of campus and College Logo link to SalinaTech Homepage

Environmental Technology Programs

Program Overview

image of treatment plantSpecial Thanks and in Cooperation with: KETS (Kansas Environmental Training System, Inc.) and KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Semester Courses
The 18-week long semester courses are designed for personnel working in operation, maintenance, and management of water and wastewater utilities.  Once weekly, 3 1/2-hour classroom sessions are usually presented on Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  The outlines attached list topics to be presented in each classroom session.  Additional information is offered through on-the-job training sessions and/or in 1, 1½, 2, or 3 day workshops.

General Program Information
All courses and workshops meet Kansas’ Department of Health and Environment requirements for continuing education and add points required to qualify for Certification Examinations. They are presented throughout the State of Kansas in cooperation with the other Kansas Environmental Training System institutions. If you are interested in attending or hosting a specific long-term course or workshop in your area, please call: 785-309-3132 or 785-309-3175.

About the Presenters

April Hill

Dale Vanderhoof

image of April Hill image of Dale Vanderhoof
April Hill is a Class IV Water Operator with 6 1/2 years experience as a Lab Tech, Operator, and Softener, for the City of Salina. She has a B.S. with a double major in Biology and General Science from Troy State University.  Prior to her experience in water, she was employed for nine years with Georgia-Pacific Chemical Division in Atlanta, Georgia in Research & Development. While this is her second year of teaching, she is experienced in Surface Water Treatment and Groundwater Treatment and has over 10 years of laboratory experience. She has worked with fourteen city utilities and presented over 15 workshops in less that two year.  April has been married for 20 years and has a 13 year old daughter and a dog named "Georgia". She enjoys traveling, cooking and singing in her church choir.  Dale Vanderhoof is a Class IV Wastewater Operator. He worked in a treatment facility for 8 1/2 years for the City of McPherson before taking the job as the Wastewater instructor for Salina Tech. While at the city of McPherson, Dale took care of the treatment facility as well as seven lift stations; performing duties such as lab testing, cleaning, maintenance, biosolids handling and hauling, operations, computer programming and operation, lift station maintenance, report and data handling, electrical, etc. Dale is in his 7th year as an instructor for Salina Tech College, and has presented over 50 workshops to almost 2,000 attendees, and has worked in almost 50 wastewater systems, providing training and assistance. Dale is married and has an 18-year-old son. Dale enjoys computers, camping, photography, and video production. He has his own video production studio, where he produces and edits videos and creates DVDs for weddings and other projects.

 

Potable Water Systems, Operation & Maintenance 18 Week Program

banner of potable systems

Date

Week

Session Subjects

08/13/09 1. Introduction, "Operator Responsibilities"  
08/20/09 2. Water Characteristics  
08/27/09 3. Wells, Operation & Maintenance  
09/03/09 4. Water Nuisances  
09/10/09 5. Lab Analysis Basics  
09/17/09 6. Lab Analysis – Application in the Field  
09/24/09 7. Basic Disinfection  
10/01/09 8. Disinfection Testing & Field Application  
10/08/09 9. Water Hydraulics  
10/15/09 10. Pumps – Basics & Maintenance  
10/22/09 11. Distribution Components  
10/29/09 12. Optimizing Distribution Systems  
=======   * Split Class *
11/05/09 13. Design Criteria Clarification
11/12/09 14. Installation of Water Mains & Appurtenances Filters
11/19/09 15. Meters and Maintenance Lime /Soda Ash Softening
12/03/09 16. Plant Tour Plant Tour
12/10/09 17. Street Safety, Reverse Osmosis Confined Spaces
12/15/09 18. Fluoridation
Review & Finals  (Entire class will meet together.)

Note:
   Certification Exams in Emporia are not part of the class.
Class Days/Times: Sessions 01 - 12 are held on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sessions 13 - 17 will be split as needed:
Distribution Systems - 9:00 am - 12:00 n
Water Treatment - 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Class Location:  Enterprise, KS -- 102 E. 2nd Street, Library Meeting Room
Job Specific Instruction (JSI) sessions are scheduled with the instructor to meet the individual needs of each participant.
Program cost:  $1,220 (This covers tuition, fees, hand-out materials, and distribution system testing equipment. Major credit cards are accepted.)
Credits Earned: This 18 week class is worth 16 Credit Hours
   
Spring 2010 Shedule:
18 Week Courses
Potable Water Systems, Operation and Maintenance
Dates:
January 7 - May 13      Day: Thursday     
Location:  Utility Management, Rose Hill, KS

Wastewater Treatment Plant, Operation & Maintenance 18 Week Program

banner of wastewater systems

Date

Week

Session Subjects

08/13/09 1. Registration, Introduction
08/20/09 2. CWA, NPDES, Safety
08/27/09 3. WW Characteristics, Environmental Effects of WW, & Introduction to WW Collection and Math
09/03/09 4. Plant Equipment & Preventive Maintenance
09/10/09 5. LAB: WW Sampling, pH and TSS
09/17/09 6. LAB:  DO, BOD & Flow Measurement
09/24/09 7. Preliminary and Primary Treatment
10/01/09 8. Sludge Conditioning & Stabilization
10/08/09 9. Sludge Dewatering & Disposal, and Introduction to Secondary Treatment
10/15/09 10. Trickling Filters & RBCs
10/22/09 11. Tour of Trickling Filter / RBC Facility
10/29/09 12. Activated Sludge Process
11/05/09 13. Activated Sludge Tour
11/12/09 14. Stabilization Ponds & Disinfection
11/26/09 15. Pond and Disinfection Tour
12/03/09 16. Advanced WW Treatment and Process Troubleshooting
12/10/09 17. Review and Math
12/15/09 18. Final Exams

Note:
   Certification Exams in Emporia are not part of the class.
Class Days/Times:
  • Classroom sessions are held on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 pm  to 4:30 pm
  • Job Specific Instruction (JSI) sessions are scheduled with the instructor to meet the needs of each student.
Class location:  Wellington, KS --    317 S. Washington Street, City Hall  
Program cost:  $1,220 (This covers tuition, fees, hand-out materials, and distribution system testing equipment. Major credit cards are accepted.)
Credits Earned: This 18 week class is worth 16 Credit Hours
   
Spring 2010 Schedule:
18 Week Courses

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations
Dates
: January 7 - May 13    Day: Thursday    
Location: Enterprise, KS - 102 E. 2nd, Library Mtg. Room

General Workshop Information: Fall 2009 - Spring 2010

Environmental Technology workshops are 1 day, 1½ days, 2 days, or 3 days in length. Subjects presented cover operation, maintenance, and management of treatment processes, distribution systems, collection systems, certification examination preparation, basic, and applied math, and lab procedures. Cost to the participant or employer varies depending on the length of each workshop. As an example, a typical 12 hour workshop costs $74.00.
 
Schedules: 2 Day--Small Systems Workshops
Day1 & 2      8:00 am-8:30 am -- Registration
Day1           8:30 am-5:00 pm -- Potable Water Presentation
Day 2          8:30 am-5:00 pm -- Waste Water Presentation

1 1/2 Day--Workshops (Potable or Waste Water)
Day 1           8:00 am-8:30 am -- Registration
                   8:30 am-5:00 pm -- Presentation
Day 2           8:00 am-12:00 pm -- Presentation

1 Day--Workshops (Potable or Waste Water)
                   8:00 am-8:30 am -- Registration
                   8:30 am-5:00 pm -- Presentation

Certificates:

Certificate of Attendance
Each workshop participant will receive a certificate of hours attended to fulfill KDHE certification requirements.

Certificate of Achievement
Serious operators who wish to go beyond just attending a workshop may earn a certificate of achievement by passing an examination over the workshop materials at the conclusion of a presentation. This 30 minute test is strictly voluntary and may include a hands-on competency. (No exam fee required)


What to Bring:

Pencils or pens, calculator (all workshops have math problems to solve!), willingness to learn!

 

Potable Water Workshop Schedule -- 2009-2010

Dates:

Click Links for Detailed Workshop Information:

Click Links for City Maps

Sep 1, 2009 Potable Water Small Systems Beloit
Oct. 6 - 7, 2009 Water Distribution & Wastewater Collection Systems Lyons
Nov. 3 - 4, 2009 Potable Water Math Problem Solving Manhattan
Jan. 12, 2009 Potable Water Small Systems Eldorado
Feb. 2 - 3, 2010 Laboratory Basics Abilene
Mar. 9 - 10, 2010 Disinfection Through Chlorination Belleville
Jan. 12, 2010 Potable Water Small Systems Eldorado
Apr. 6 - 7, 2010 Distribution Systems Operation & Maintenance TBA - Russell or Hays
Apr. 28, 2010 Trench and Excavation for Competent Person Salina
Apr. 29, 2010 Confined Space Safety Entry Salina
May 13 - 14, 2009 Potable Water District School Emporia
KDHE Training and Testing Calendar

Waste Water Workshop Schedule -- 2009-2010

Dates:

Click Links for Detailed Workshop Information:

Click Links for City Maps

Aug. 19 - 20, 2009 Activated Sludge Process Evaluation & Control (Hobson) Abilene
Sept. 2, 2009 Small Wastewater Systems Operations Beloit, KS
Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 2009 Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) (Hobson) Salina
Oct. 6 - 7, 2009 Environmental Technology Conference -   Distribution and Wastewater Collection Systems Lyons
Oct. 27 - 28, 2009 Wastewater Collection Systems WaKeeney
Nov. 18 - 19, 2008 Wastewater Math Manhattan
Dec. 16 - 17, 2009 Wastewater District School Emporia
Jan. 13, 2010 Small Wastewater Systems Operations Clearwater
Feb. 9 - 10, 2010 Basic Activated Sludge Newton
Mar. 30 - 31, 2010 Plant Optimization El Dorado
April 27 - 28, 2010 Wastewater Stabilization Ponds Manhattan
April 28, 2010 Trench and Excavation for Competent Person Salina
April 29, 2010 Confined Space Safety Training Salina
Jun. 16 - 17, 2010 Advanced Concepts-Activated Sludge  (Hobson) Goddard
KDHE Training and Testing Calendar