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Course Name: Introduction to Wastewater
Course Code: EO0906WA24
Date of Most Recent Offering: October 16, 2023 to January 29, 2024
Date: October 16, 2023 to January 29, 2024 (Monday and Wednesday evenings) UPDATE THIS FOR NEW OFFERING
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT/EST UPDATE THIS FOR NEW OFFERING
Location: Online* UPDATE THIS FOR NEW OFFERING
Format: Live, instructor-led
*Although the class is online, there will be two in-person site visits to wastewater treatment and collection facilities.
Registration Fee: $1,395.00 per person* UPDATE THIS FOR NEW OFFERING
Registration Closes: This class is sold out. Please join the waitlist.
*Textbooks are not included in your registration fee. See below for textbook ordering information.
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Payments should be made out to: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Checks and money orders should be mailed to: Office of Continuing Professional Education, Attn: Registration Dept., 102 Ryders Ln, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8519
Purchase Orders can be mailed to the address above or electronically sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Per NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) regulations, those seeking a Level 1 “S” (wastewater treatment) or “C” (wastewater collection system) license must successfully complete an approved “Introduction to Wastewater” course. This course is designed to familiarize attendees with the skills required for employment as a wastewater treatment or collection system operator and to introduce them to the various equipment and processes routinely used in these facilities such as pumps, valves, tanks, activated sludge, compressors, blowers, chemical feed systems, etc.
Instructors will discuss the physical, mechanical, chemical, and biological processes involved in collecting and treating municipal wastewater. The course will reinforce required math skills and discuss basic chemistry, physics, microbiology, and hydraulics. Reading assignments for each class date will be taken from the NJDEP required textbooks published by the California State University at Sacramento. Additional handouts, data sheets, PowerPoint presentations and work sheets will be distributed throughout the term of the class; note taking is strongly encouraged. Regularly scheduled tests and quizzes are included in the agenda.
The class will be held online using Zoom. There will also be two in-person site visits to to wastewater treatment and collection facilities.
Who Should Attend?
This course is intended for individuals seeking a Level 1 “S” (wastewater treatment) or “C” (wastewater collection system) license.
Meet Your Instructors
Robert M. Genetelli, Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority
With over 30 years of experience, Robert Genetelli has vast knowledge in environmental field studies, laboratory sampling and analysis procedures, water and wastewater treatment, managerial oversight, financial management, and industrial wastewater treatment. He is a New Jersey State Licensed Operator for Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities and the Superintendent of Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority.
In addition, Mr. Genetelli serves as a Qualified Purchasing Agent, consultant, and adjunct professor at Rutgers University, certified Sewage Sludge Incinerator operator, Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator, and PACP certified sanitary sewer TV inspector/operator. Eager for students to succeed, Robert is engaging and excellent at simplifying technical concepts.
Nicholas J. Fabbricatore, Sr., Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority
Nicholas Fabbricatore is the Operations Supervisor for the Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority and has more than 27 years of operational experience in the water and wastewater field. His early experience in traveling the United States on the private side of the water/wastewater industry starting up new water and wastewater projects ranging from standard municipal plants to miles of well fields to industrial plants such as Ocean Spray is the corner stone of his experience. This rare experience is something he wants to give new operators to build on. Starting from the bottom of the proverbial ladder, he understands the challenges inexperienced operators face. His operational background along with his unique experiences allow him to train upcoming operators with a viewpoint only an operator can give.
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Continuing Education Credits
The most recent offering of Introduction to Wastewater was approved for 9.0 Rutgers CEUs (90 contact hours). We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.
Course Requirements and Policies
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection requires all course registrants to have access to the current versions of the following textbooks published by the Water Program Division of the California State University at Sacramento (https://www.owp.csus.edu/courses/catalog.php):
- Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants Volume 1; 8th edition
- Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants Volume 2; 8th edition
- Operation and Maintenance of Wastewater Collection Systems Volume 1; 8th edition
The textbooks are NOT included in the registration fee for the course.
NOTE: Book editions are subject to change.
Instructions to order books:
- Go to https://www.owp.csus.edu/
- Click on “Operator Training”
- Scroll down to “Correspondence Courses and Manuals”
- Click on “Wastewater Course”
- Select your books (always pick “Manual” when purchasing your books)
- Hit “Continue”
- Once you have selected all your books, go to your “Shopping Cart”
- Hit “Next”
- Follow the instructions from there to complete your purchase (you may have to create a new account)
This online course will be delivered via Rutgers Canvas learning management system and Zoom.
Equipment you will need to access this training:
- Laptop or desktop computers are required for this class.
- Speakers and microphone are not necessary as a call-in option is available.
- We HIGHLY recommend you have webcam and microphone for the Introduction to Wastewater class.
Once you register with OCPE, you will receive an email from “Rutgers University Canvas” saying, “Click here to finish the registration process,” to create your new account in the Canvas Virtual Platform. If you do not see this message in your inbox, please check your junk/spam folder. The course shell will not open until a week before the start date of class. You will receive an email from Claudine Oleskin with directions and more details for the class.
A unique email address is required for each registrant to register and access our courses.
- If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.
- If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, your account must be updated with a unique email address. To do this, please send an email to us at email@example.com stating that your email address needs to be changed and include:
- Your full name
- The shared email address that needs to be changed
- Your unique email address
- A phone number where you can be reached if we have any questions
Photo ID Requirement
Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.
- You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
- The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
- After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.
Cancellations and Substitutions
A $150 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
For registration assistance, please contact our Registration Department at 848-932-9271, option 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.