Fundamentals School

Rocky Mountain Water and Wastewater Fundamentals School

Fundamentals Registration
Location, Lodging, Parking Info

January 29 - February 2, 2018

The Rocky Mountain Water and Wastewater Fundamentals School is a basic, comprehensive overview for water and wastewater operators.  The course is divided into two separate classes, one on water and one on wastewater.  The course is designed for people who are new to the field or have been in it for only a few years.  It should be beneficial to those seeking Class “C”, “D” “T”, and “S” certification.  

The goal of the Fundamentals school is to provide education for operators so they possess a better understanding of the water and wastewater fields.  The courses are designed to furnish operators with basic concepts of how treatment processes work and the requirements of government regulations.  The Fundamentals school curriculum also provides opportunities to prepare for either the water or wastewater certification exams.  However, operators should not use the courses as their only study guide for certification exams.

The Fundamentals School is NOT affiliated with the Colorado Operator Certification Program Office (OCPO). Exam applications would have been submitted directly to OCPO by November 1, 2017. The School registration does not include the exam.

 “A” and “B” operators are encouraged to participate in the Intermediate and Advanced School in March, which offers courses geared for experienced treatment plant operators.

Scholarships covering the tuition for one course of study in the Fundamentals School will be awarded to  applicants employed by a town or municipality water or sewer district serving fewer than 3,300 residents within the Rocky Mountain Region. (CO, NM, WY)
Scholarships will be reviewed and awarded based on size of community served, location, and level of certification required for that entity by the scholarship review board. 

Water Fundamentals
Course Supervisors: Allan Smith, City of Aurora and Bud Spillman, Water Reflections, WY.
Tentative Topics


Types and Characteristics of Water Supplies

Well Operations

Chlorination and Chlorine Safety
Water System Safety

Pumps, Motors, and Valves

Operator's Math

Water Chemistry
Operator Certification - Regulation 100
Sampling and Testing

Emergency Response Planning


Water Treatment

Drinking Water Regulations

Principles of Sanitary Surveys
Water Treatment Overview / Unit
Operations Demonstration

Tentative Instructor List


Blair Corning, South Adams County

Nicole Graziano, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

Kaitlyn Minich, CDPHE

Gary Parham, Lockheed Martin
Allan Smith, JVA Consulting
Lauren Worley, CDPHE

Bill Hogrewe, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)

Gayle Lammers, Navarro Research and Engineering

Giselle Neely, City of Aurora

Bob Pohl, CDPHE
Kirk Watson, City of Aurora

Kevin Linder, City of Aurora

Jay Mashburn, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)

Jeff Oxenford, RCAP & Oxenford Consulting

Sherry Scaggiari, City of Aurora
Jackie Whelan, CDPHE

Wastewater Fundamentals
Course Supervisors: Cole Sigmon, City of Boulder, and Gary Parham, Lockheed Martin
Tentative Topics


Overview of Wastewater Environment

Activated Sludge
Lagoons and Oxidation Ponds
Biosolids Use and Regulations

Fixed Film Reactors

Applying Your Wastewater Math
Aerobic/Anaerobic Digestion
Electrical Equipment and

Wastewater Characteristics and Stream Standards
Understanding Wasterwater Math Preliminary & Primary Treatment
Pumps, Motor, and Valves
Wastewater Sampling & Preservation
Industrial Pretreatment
Wastewater Chemistry

Wastewater Disinfection

Wastewater Treatment Overview / 
Unit Operations Demonstration
Small Systems
Wastewater Plant Maintenance

DMR Review

Ethics in Wastewater / Reg 100 
Wastewater Reuse

Tentative Instructor List


Jackie Whelan, CDPHE
Blair Corning, South Adams Country
Gayle Lammers, Navarro Research
and Engineering

Paul Heppler, City of Boulde

Ron Schuyler, COWAC
Joe Campbell, CDPHE

Jim Medlock, City of Boulder

Dennis Stowe, City of Englewood

Shelly Trujillo, MWAH Americas
Sheri Duren, City of Boulder

Gary Parham, Lockheed Martin

Wayne Ramey, Ramey Environment Compliance