COLLEGE STATION – When it comes to water, even a short, temporary disruption of service can create major problems. When problems happen with water system pumps, the heart of a water system, or when routine maintenance is needed, the focus is getting the system back online as quickly as possible. This need for continuous, reliable service creates an environment that makes effective training difficult. As experienced operators reach retirement, training the next generation becomes even more critical.
To meet this need, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has developed Water & Wastewater Training Expos held around the state annually. TEEX expects more than 100 students from across the state for the next Water Expo being held at the TEEX’s Infrastructure Training and Safety Institute on the Riverside Campus in Bryan Nov. 3-5.
During the Expo, a course specializing in Pump & Motor operations will be delivered. During the training, Water Operators learn to disassemble a variety of pumps and motors to inspect, troubleshoot, and perform maintenance; then reassemble in a learning environment. Water System pumps are an expensive, key component of water systems. Poorly maintained pumps not only negatively impact system performance but may significantly increase electricity bills for systems, costs which have to be passed on to customers.
These three-day, intensive course deliveries are offered at a single location, with reduced tuition costs, allowing professionals to fill 20 of the 30 hours of continuing education required every 3 years to maintain their professional license and maximize dollars invested from city budgets.
Media are invited to the Water Expo at the TEEX Riverside Campus on Wednesday, Nov. 4, between 10:00 am — 1:00 pm, for a facility tour, hands on training demonstrations including an opportunity to experience training and interviews with students and instructors.
TEEX makes a difference by providing training, developing practical solutions and saving lives. World-renowned for its hands-on, customized training, TEEX offers a wide range of technical and skills training programs aimed at employed workers and those entering the labor force. TEEX provides training and technical assistance to people from all 50 states, five U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and 80 countries. TEEX is also the sponsoring agency for Texas Task Force 1.