Inspiring others to learn about wastewater treatment differently.
Training is a passion for EBS and our employees. Whether we work on our own personal and professional growth or with clients, our goal is to grow individual’s knowledge and skills so they can perform better at their job. As trusted advisors for our clients, we are inspired to help them protect North America’s rivers, lakes, streams, and estuaries while supporting their financial goals and long-term sustainability. Training plant personnel helps to achieve this goal of better protection through a growth in one’s wastewater knowledge and troubleshooting skills. Increased knowledge allows an operator to manage the system more efficiently and effectively, hence minimizing the system’s impact on the environment.
For over twenty years, EBS has developed and conducted training for industrial clients on virtually any wastewater-related topic. EBS conducts training for operators, engineers, and supervisors at industrial sites on a variety of subjects including treatment fundamentals, ASB or activated sludge process control, wastewater microbiology, nutrient control, polymer optimization, equipment utilization, and lab testing fundamentals. And, EBS courses can be approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) where the state allows.
Accruing useable knowledge is the basis for spending money on training. While the technology of secondary systems hasn’t tremendously changed over the years, EBS continues to develop and refine techniques for improving process control and reducing operational costs. With permit limits tightening and new regulations such as TMDLs on the horizon, it is more important than ever that environmental professionals have a deep understanding of treatment fundamentals.
Seminars and Workshops
EBS offers two different seminars at our Mandeville, LA headquarters and training center. We organize our seminars based on wastewater system technologies: Aerated Stabilization Basins (ASB) and Activated Sludge Systems. Both seminars cover the basics of wastewater treatment through new advanced technologies being utilized in wastewater treatment troubleshooting and risk management. These classes are among the most comprehensive wastewater treatment seminars available to the industry and are presented by top environmental experts in the field. Included are hands-on microbiological examinations, laboratory demonstrations, and laboratory testing of your samples, which provide meaningful feedback to your plant and teach attendees how to monitor their systems effectively.
Customized On-site Training
Most companies cannot shift large numbers of personnel off-site for training no matter how needed it is. This makes on-site training an efficient and attractive option. On-site training allows training courses to be customized to trainee needs and plant-specific issues. The topics and Q&A process become more effective, thus enhancing the learning takeaway. Training of shift employees can occur back-to-back enabling you to train your entire staff in an effective and cost-efficient manner. EBS has conducted over fifty client-specific, on-site wastewater training seminars in the past fifteen years for companies such as International Paper, WestRock, Rayonier, BASF, Ashland Chemical, Shin-Tech, Georgia-Pacific, and Graphic Packaging.
EBS has also provided advanced wastewater training for the sales personnel of Nalco Company, Hercules, and Buckman Laboratories.
Online training offers companies the benefit of training personnel while minimizing the cost associated with travel to off-site courses. It allows large numbers of employees and shift personnel to be trained when time is available. EBS has introduced BioWizard University, an online training site, that hosts our course on Pulp & Paper Industry Aerated Stabilization Basins. This online course is designed to complement the book “Aerated Stabilization Basins in the Pulp and Paper Industry”, authored by Mike Foster of EBS and Paul Klopping of Callan and Brooks.
EBS e-learning courses are user-friendly and allow supervisor tracking to ensure courses are taken and recorded. Each facility can track operators’ course hours to ensure no training lapses. EBS offers courses that are designed for general wastewater treatment but courses can be built to incorporate plant specifics, allowing the student to gain more in-depth knowledge about his or her own facility. Visit our online training at Biowizard University.
Gaining new insights on properly treating wastewater and then discussing with the experts on how these principles might apply to your facility gives you a leg up that not only benefits your company, but also the community. Demonstrating that your facility takes environmental compliance and continuing education seriously shows your neighbors and the DEQ that you are good environmental stewards. It’s a tough call in today’s environmental market, but we believe companies that consistently provide training opportunities to their employees receive a great return on the investment in terms of productivity and employee morale.
Training is one of the many ways “EBS continually innovates to share ways to protect North America’s receiving streams and waterways.”