Individuals who are mechanically inclined or like working with their hands may be eligible for St. Louis Community College’s drinking water operator training program.
With funding assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency, St. Louis Community College has developed an accelerated job training program that is offered free of charge to those who meet the eligibility requirements.
Water operators work in water treatment plants. Fresh water is pumped from wells, rivers, streams and reservoirs to water treatment plants, where it is treated and distributed to customers. Water operators run the equipment, control the processes, and monitor the plants that treat water to make it safe to drink.
Upon successful completion, students take two certification exams by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to become a licensed water operator.
Classes are scheduled 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays from April 16 to May 29 at the college’s Center for Workforce Innovation, 3344 Pershall Road.
Those currently seeking a certificate or degree in an engineering-related field, and/or those with some mechanical or electrical experience are encouraged to apply for this free training.
This program is approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resource (DNR) as course No. 1506127. This DNR course approval is equivalent to six months of water treatment and six months of distribution system operating experience. Certification renewal training credit hours are water treatment (57.5 hours), distribution (57.5 hours), wastewater (22.5 hours) and concentrated animal feeding operations (7.0 hours).
For eligibility requirements, contact Rene Dulle at 314-539-5296, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.