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Surface Water Quality Bureau
Utility Operators Certification Program
Wastewater Laboratory
Certification Study Guide

This guide has been created as a tool to assist Laboratory Technicians in New Mexico in preparation for taking the New Mexico Wastewater Laboratory Technician Level 1, 2 and 3 certification examinations.

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The application deadline is Wednesday, June 22, 2016 for the New Mexico Water and Wastewater Association's Exam to be held at Acoma Sky City Casino Hotel I-40 West, Exit 102 in Acoma Friday, July 22, 2016.


NOTE: Test Dates, Locations and Fees are subject to change.

This study guide is not intended to be a complete reference manual for technical information. Its purpose is to guide the reader to study material for each of the major subject areas for each of the classes. There is no implied claim that this study guide covers every possible point on which an technician may be tested. However, it is intended to be comprehensive in its coverage of the essential information for each examination. Divided into eighteen chapters, each chapter in the study guide has basic and advanced information intended to help the individual prepare for the certification examination.

The certification exams use several texts as reference manuals for exam topics. Each chapter of the study guide contains references to specific chapters of these manuals for those who wish to access more information on the topics covered in that particular section.


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Special thanks is extended by the author to NMED Utility Operators Certification Program for funding this guide, and Mr. Robert Gott, NMSU WUTAP, Ms. Monica Peterson, OMI Farmington WWTP and Ms. Patricia Petrak, Tucumcari WWTP Laboratory.

Douglas Roby
October 31, 2007

This study guide is available online as a single PDF download (8.6 MB PDF) or divided into 24 Adobe Acrobat files, including eighteen chapters and four appendices for easy online referencing.

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Complete Study Guide

8.6 MB

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Cover Pages and Brief Introduction

112 kb

Table of Contents

59 kb

Chapter 1. Introduction

65 kb

Chapter 2. Reagent Water

89 kb

Chapter 3. Safety

154 kb

Chapter 4. Laboratory Equipment

367 kb

Chapter 5. Gravimetric Analysis

80 kb

Chapter 6. Volumetric Analysis

177 kb

Chapter 7. Sampling

73 kb

Chapter 8. Electronic Measurement

205 kb

Chapter 9. Titration

234 kb

Chapter 10. Microscope

711 kb

Chapter 11. Spectrophotometry

2.6 MB

Chapter 12. Biological Oxygen Demand

865 kb

Chapter 13. Chemical Oxygen Demand

700 kb

Chapter 14. Solids

2.3 MB

Chapter 15. Fecal Coliform

820 kb

Chapter 16. Advanced Instrumentation

59 kb

Chapter 17. Quality Assurance

61 kb

Chapter 18. Quality Control

85 kb

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Appendix A. Chain of Custody Forms

344 kb

  DOH Chemistry Bureau
Analytical Request Form

304 kb

Appendix B. Sample Standard Operating Procedures

59 kb

Appendix C. Sample QA Plan Outline
Sample QA Plan-Vermont
DEC Laboratory QA Plan

250 kb

Appendix D. Sample Laboratory Bench Sheets

124 kb

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