Utility teams tune up for summer at Spring Tech Days 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Posted by: Kerry Cordray
No bats or balls were involved, but all-stars from many utilities turned out for “spring training” on March 15 and 16, as front-line tech workers for municipal electric, water and wastewater utilities gathered at MPUA’s Spring Tech Days sessions in Rolla and Fulton.
This year’s Spring Tech attracted a solid roster of participants, totaling 88 workers from cities and associate members, plus MPUA staff and presenters. Utilities workers represented 23 different cities. The electric sessions were attended by 49 staff, and 40 staff took part in the water/wastewater presentations. First day sessions in Rolla welcomed 28 electric workers and 17 water/wastewater staff. In Fulton, 21 electric staff and 22 water/wastewater workers attended the March 16 training day.
Lineworkers and linework supervisors attending this year’s electric sessions had demo sessions and discussions highlighting the testing and proper care of rubber gloves and other safety equipment (Evan Garber, Mid-America Testing and Supply); transformer testing and maintenance (Greg Vaughn, ProEnergy); and an in-depth afternoon session on power capacitors (Jim Reinhardt, Fletcher-Reinhardt Company).
Water and wastewater staff dug into sessions on the subjects of NPDES permitting for utilities (Tim Bull, Missouri DNR); water and wastewater licensing (Darlene Helmich, Missouri DNR); modern applications of continuous flow monitoring and metering (Brandon Freeman, TREKK Design Group); choosing rehab technologies and techniques for potable water distribution systems (Lisa Douglas, Ace Pipe); and a demo of AWWA’s Water Loss Calculator (Phil Walsack, MPUA).
Every spring, MPUA’s Spring Tech training offers hands-on training for municipal utility workers throughout the Alliance. The purpose of Spring Tech is to provide timely electric, water and wastewater training to help front line workers stay in touch with latest changes in the utility industries. The instruction ‘track’ for water and wastewater includes valuable certification hour credits to help meet state certification requirements for municipal water and wastewater treatment operators, as well as water distribution operations. This year’s electric sessions also provided professional development hours for professional engineers (P.E.).