National Operations Challenge Team Resource Center  

Hosted courtesy of the RMWEA

This website is provided for Operations Challenge teams to get information directly from the WEFTEC Operations Challenge event coordinators. To navigate within the OCRC use just the links in the main, white background area. Using the links on the top of the pages will take you into the RMWEA website.

Chair, Brenna Durkin – bdurkin@Englewoodco.gov

Vice Chair, Jeff Sober – jlsober@garverusa.com

2021 WEFTEC OC Competition Schedule


This year we will continue to honor the legacy of our friend Bobby Williams with the Competitive Spirit Award. It has joined our popular team spirit awards and will be announced Tuesday evening before the results of the competition. The award will be presented to an individual who exemplifies Operations Challenge’s essential attributes of stewardship, discipline, and philanthropy. We are soliciting nominations, and they can be made by individuals or on behalf of teams. Any member of the Operations Challenge community is eligible – teammates, rivals, coaches, volunteers.
Someone has inspired you during your Operations Challenge experience – tell us who, and tell us why. Just a few sentences that explain the nominee’s role and their influence on your perspective or career. Nominations can be made prior to WEFTEC by sending a note to opschallenge@wef.org, and we will also have ballots available on site in Chicago.  

Team registration for Operations Challenge will open on July 26th. Due to potential physical distancing policies at McCormick Place this year's event will be limited to 36 teams. Please submit registrations promptly. Registration forms are now available at Operations Challenge (weftec.org)
Note that this year teams will simultaneously perform three portions of the Process Control Event: 1. A written test consisting of short math and process scenario questions 2. Electronic multiple-choice questions completed on one computer 3. Process simulation questions completed on another computer. Practice versions of the process simulation and multiple choice questions are available at https://www.hydromantis.com/optool/request-form.html
Please fill out the forms for the practice version and download the software.  There is one installation program that installs both applications.
Revisions to the events and equipment have been postponed until 2022, with one exception. Due to the unavailability of the Scott Protege we will be incorporating the Drager x-am 2500 Multi-Gas Detector for the safety event and will continue to use it through 2025. 
Your safety and the safety of our volunteers is our top priority. We urge all competitors to get the COVID-19 vaccine. We look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago. 

Would you like to get involved with the Operations Challenge Committee, we would love to have anyone involved.  To apply for membership to the committee, submit an email to committees@wef.org with the following information:
  • Name
  • WEF Member ID number
  • Committee of Interest (s)
  • A brief (1 to 2 sentences) explaining why you want to join the committee(s) and any areas you would like to help out with.

2021 WEFTEC OC Competition Schedule

2022 MA Operations Challenge Events

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Operations Challenge Expectations

2021 EventLast Change 
Process2021 Practice Version Simulator and Multiple Choice

Updated 2021 Event Description 

Laboratory2021 Lab Procedure and Judge Sheets2/17/21
Safety2021 Safety Procedures2/22/21
MaintenanceNew Reid Gantry Supplier and Pump Setup Diagram7/4/21
Collections2021 Collections Event Description3/22/21
OC Past Results - 20202019 - 2018201720162015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010

2017 Vimeo Video             

How your Utility will benefit from Operations Challenge
2019 Link to Dropbox Competition Pictures