Activated Sludge Process Control

Who Should Attend?

Municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plant managers, operators, and engineers wishing to optimize activated sludge processes and reduce operational expenses. Past students who need a review and want updated examples will benefit as well.

Course Description

In this three-day course, students will participate in discussions of the complex biological processes in an activated sludge system. ASPC provides updated methodologies and laboratory techniques to generate process control parameters for operating an activated sludge process. Using real-world examples, students can learn how to monitor and control the process for the benefit of the microorganisms, while maintaining efficient municipal or industrial operations.

"I heard this was the best wastewater class offered for activated sludge. Everyone was right."
ASPC student

Why Tetra Tech’s ASP Control course? Ronald G. Schuyler, P.E., B.C.E.E., brings nearly 40 years of training experience and on-site plant troubleshooting into the classroom to assist students in optimizing their own process controls. Learn to recognize operations and maintenance problems sooner, enhance control measures, and improve regulatory compliance.

Tetra Tech’s ASPC also includes a copy of the Activated Sludge Process Control Troubleshooting Chart – 2nd Edition with CD-ROM user's guide. This laminated, easy-to-use chart provides tips and potential solutions for implementing process changes involving more than 40 in-plant conditions.

What Will Be Covered During Class

Day One Day Two Day Three
  • Introduction
  • Process control program
  • Process variations and overview
  • Basic activated sludge microbiology
  • Representative data collection
  • Settleometer test
  • Return control
  • Nitrogen control
  • Mass balance
  • Oxygen uptake and respiration
  • Nitrification and denitrification
  • Physical observations
  • Filament, foams, slime control
  • ASPC troubleshooting chart
  • Trends
  • Pressures and process control plan
  • Summary and next steps

CEU Credits

*Upon completion of a class, Tetra Tech will mail a Certificate of Completion with the number of professional contact (education) hours completed by the student. The C.E.U. or C.U. hours or credits accepted by each state's licensing or certification boards vary, and students should submit within their own state for credit. Some classes are already approved in different states. For more information, contact the appropriate agency in your state.

Note: Tetra Tech makes every effort to hold each class as advertised and to add additional dates and locations throughout the year. Each class has minimum and maximum registration requirements. Courses can fill up quickly and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. While it is unlikely, in the event of rescheduling or cancellation, all registered students will be given 30-days advance notice and can transfer into the next available session of the registered course or another of equal value. We regret if this causes any inconvenience. Thank you.

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