Part of our commitment to the industries we serve is sharing our expertise with engineers, water/wastewater operators, city officials and more by conducting educational seminars tailored to provide attendees a full understanding of both new and existing technologies.
Many of the seminars we conduct satisfy state requirements for continuing education and are completely free of charge.
We recently held a seminar developed to educate pump industry professionals entitled “Control and Pump Repair 101.” Metropolitan’s Mike Schiazzano served as the course instructor and has been conducting the class for over 25 years. Schiazzano, who has over 30 years of experience in the pump industry, said the course was developed to give attendees a basic understanding of a submersible pump and control panel, and to discuss basic troubleshooting of equipment.
“When we first started the class in the 1980s, it was primarily conducted in the field,” said Schiazzano. “Since then, we’ve moved it to our facility and interest has skyrocketed due to the fact we can offer a more in-depth course on-site.”
Schiazzano said that moving the course to Metropolitan’s Romeoville, Ill.-based facility has given attendees the ability to operate on both a submersible pump and control panel firsthand with the end goal of preparing them for everyday field work.
“Though this seminar is introductory in nature, we have attendees physically working with pumps and control panels, which provides depth they would not experience in a simple classroom setting,” said Schiazzano. “We like to keep these classes limited to a small number of people so attendees can work with the equipment and the instructor one-on-one. The primary goal is for attendees to leave with a better understanding of equipment so if a problem does occur in the field, they’re prepared.”
Village of Wheeling, Ill. Utility Superintendent Jeff Wolfgram sent five members of the municipality to the recent course and said the village’s long-standing relationship with Metropolitan led to his decision to send the attendees.
“We’ve used Metropolitan to service our pumps and equipment, and have attended their seminars for years which has led to a sense of trust,” said Wolfgram. “Municipalities often rely on their suppliers to introduce new technologies and Metropolitan has done just that over the years.”
Wolfgram said the “Control and Pump Repair 101” seminar provides distinct advantages over other forms of training largely because it’s hosted at Metropolitan.
“What’s great about the course is that equipment can be ‘troubleshooted’ in a controlled environment,” said Wolfgram. “This type of setting can give attendees the ability to learn and experiment with equipment in a way they couldn’t in the field.”
Wolfgram said an overlooked benefit of Metropolitan seminars is the free price which can help attendees who may be facing a tight budget.
“Often times when municipalities are constructing a budget, training can get cut-out very quickly,” said Wolfgram. “The fact Metropolitan can not only provide worthwhile training for credit hours, but can do so at no charge is huge for us.”
While our “Control and Pump Repair 101” is designed to educate water operators, Metropolitan also offers courses designed for other professionals.
“The diversity among our seminars ensures anyone within the industries we serve can find something for them,” said Schiazzano. “We have courses that offer continuing education units for water operators and plumbers, and professional development hours for engineers, but what’s most important is that attendees can count on learning valuable information they can apply to their profession when they attend a seminar.”
For more information regarding Metropolitan’s seminars, please call 815-886-9200 or visit www.ilceu.com.