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FSSD Operations Regional Occupation Program

What is ROP?

ROP provides career preparation and technical education opportunities. At the District, ROP students strive to become a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) operator, and volunteer their time as an Operator-In-Training (OIT) in order to obtain work experience as mandated by Title 23 of the Water Code’s certification requirements.
An ROP student works up to 25 hours a week per semester. Under the guidance of certified operators they will learn about the treatment plant, the industry, perform daily checks, and general maintenance that is involved in the successful operation of a WWTP.

Interested in volunteering as an ROP?

ROP volunteers must be enrolled in an Occupational Education class at Solano Community College or an equivalent program during their time as a volunteer with the District. Submit your interest through this questionnaire:

  • What Solano classes will you be enrolled in during your volunteerism?

  • Indicate what experience you already have at a wastewater treatment plant?

  • Time Period

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What is an Operator?

In many ways, operators have one of the best jobs imaginable. Ask yourself these questions and see how an operator would answer them:

Do you want a job that challenges you? 
An operator is one who is always learning, doing something different, researching ideas, solving problems and protecting life.

Do you want to become an investigator?
Operators must learn how to apply investigating techniques to discover the culprit of equipment malfunctions or plant process inefficiencies.

Do you enjoy fixing things that are broken? 
All things eventually break down, so an operator gets to work with an immense variety of equipment and tools in order to fix, replace, rebuild or invent things.

Do you want to work outside, or at a desk, in a laboratory or a mechanical shop? Do you want to work with your hands or with you mind? 
As an operator, you will do all of it.  Your job is to operate a wastewater treatment plant and all that it entails. Each day you may do something different. You will taste what it is like to be a biologist, a chemist, an engineer, a mechanic, a regulator, a landscaper, an analyst, and much more.

Operators are not just workers; we are active participants in a venture that protects public health, and preserves natural resources. We clean, we check, we fix, we investigate and we make decision to ensure the plant and its process is making the best quality of water it can.  We have the opportunity to be always moving, always growing, and always learning.  It is a dirty job that is both physically and mentally demanding, yet rewarding.  There is always a laugh to be had and something new to do.  It is not just a job, it’s a career that one falls in love with in spite of oneself.

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