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Operation and maintenance for wastewater treatment

Learning targets

The treatment of wastewater is a complex process with various process steps. Many situations can occurs which can lead to disruption of the process. Good operation & maintenance procedures influence the continuity of the process. A well-working troubleshooting will lead to early warning with problems or even emergency situations, so that measures can be taken at an early stage. Process controller play a key role in both operation & Maintenance and troubleshooting.

The course focus on the responsibilities, roles and tasks of the process controller in normal conditions and in emergency situations. The differences between normal operation & maintenance and troubleshooting are discussed. The organisation and procedures are put central and the behaviour of the process controller is discussed. The course includes the data collection and recording for a good quality. Sampling, logs, LIMS and ICT are discussed and demonstrated.

The participants become aware of the importance of good operation & maintenance and troubleshooting at the wastewater treatment plant.


The course exists of the following topics:

  • Operation & Maintenance
  • Organisation structure and procedures
  • Role of Process controller
  • Trouble shooting
  • System thinking
  • Quality, safety, health and environment
  • Data recording and management
  • Relevant legislations and permits

Course material

Course book and hand-outs of the presentations


This course includes field visits to a wastewater treatment plant, demonstrations and cases.

This course is the last module of the four modules of the overall course Wastewater Treatment for Process Controllers. A diploma for the course will be gained after completing the four modules and passing the final exam.


Would you like to receive more information about this course? Please contact Agnes Maenhout (managing director/CEO): 
+31 6 53 94 0795 or

Target group

Process controllers

Entry level

Vocational level

vocational education and having the certificate of the courses Basics of Wastewater Treatment, Wastewater Treatment Techniques and Wastewater Sludge Management


3 days

"Operation & Maintenance, but trouble shooting as well, is training, training and training. The awareness, understanding and executing is the backbone of the sustainable and safe treatment process."


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