Activated Sludge Process Control & Troubleshooting - Course 79

Activated Sludge Process Control & Troubleshooting

  • CEUs: 2.5
  • TREEO FDEP OCP 04191001: CEUs: 2.5 WW
  • FBPE Provider # : 0004021 25 CEHs
  • Time of class days 1, 2, & 3: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Time of class day 4: 8:00 a.m. -noon
Coordinator Stephanie West     email:     phone: (352) 392-9570 or (352) 294-3877

Learn how to identify, evaluate and solve operational difficulties before they become serious. The instructor explains data, tests and calculations used for process monitoring and troubleshooting. You apply the evaluation process in detailed, realistic examples.  After completion of this training, you should be able to optimize the performance of an existing wastewater treatment system in order to achieve regulatory compliance and minimize environmental impacts.  

What you will learn:

  • Facility troubleshooting and optimization
  • Activated sludge operating modes and process control methods
  • Effects of industrial waste and sewer-use ordinance
  • Unit process evaluation and optimization
  • Biological nutrient removal
 It is recommended that students of this advanced course be familiar with the activated sludge process, and have a thorough working knowledge of the various modes of  operation before taking this course.  Not for the beginner!

Daily breaks provided. You are on your own for lunch.

Course Objective
At the completion of the training the student should be able to optimize the performance of an existing activated sludge wastewater treatment system in order to achieve regulatory compliance and minimize environmental impacts.
Who Should Attend
This course is for water and wastewater treatment plant managers, advanced level operators and supervisors; for crew chiefs, lead operators and shift foremen; for public works foremen and superintendents; and for regulatory agency personnel. 
What our students are saying about this course:
"Ron is a great instructor, makes the information from the manuals easy and practical to understand.  Keep up the good work!"
"I learned a lot more about looking at the whole picture of things as problem that could happen."  
"A very valuable tool for anyone who works in WW. A real eye opener. This was the best troubleshooting course I have attended. Ron keeps the information interesting!"
"This course covered things I had once learned, but, don’t directly deal with on my shift. Got more insight on the relationship of micro-organisms/bacteria, and a good quality effluent."
Course Instructor:   Ron Trygar, CET

Ron is the Senior Training Specialist for Water and Wastewater programs at the University of Florida TREEO Center. Previously he was the Wastewater Process Control Specialist at Hillsborough County Public Utilities in Tampa FL. He has worked in the wastewater industry for more than thirty years in a variety of locations and positions. Ron became a Certified Environmental Trainer (CET) in 1998 and has since provided training for associations and regulatory agencies such as FDEP; FW&PCOA Short Schools; USABlueBook; FWEA sponsored training events and local school environmental programs. Working alongside the FDEP Northeast District, Ron helped begin the FRWA/FDEP joint operator certification review classes that are still given around the state today. Ron holds a Florida class A wastewater treatment operator’s license and a Florida class B drinking water operator’s license.


Activated Sludge Process Control and Troubleshooting, 2017

3.5 Day Agenda; 25 hours, 2.5 CEUs



Day One

8am to 4pm; 7 hours


What are troubleshooting and optimization?

Bacteria basics and BOD removal

Secondary treatment processes


Day Two

8am to 4pm; 7 hours


Activated sludge parameters

Activated sludge settling and clarification

Mixed liquor settling and micro-exam demonstration

Biological nitrogen removal


Day Three

8am to 4pm; 7 hours


Biological nitrogen removal selectors, troubleshooting

Activated sludge process control strategies


Day Four

8am to 12noon; 4 hours


Activated sludge troubleshooting

Troubleshooting case scenarios, group troubleshooting exercise

Course wrap up, summary, participant feedback