5th Annual Training Buffet – A Feast of Information


Training Buffet 2018 (Large)

137 utility employees from 33 Bay Area utilities gathered at East Bay Municipal Utility District for the Training Buffet.

BAYWORK held its annual Training Buffet on November 14, 2018 at East Bay Municipal Utility District, attracting a record-breaking number of participants! From Insights in Infrastructure Engineering to Interviewing Skills and Techniques, the buffet shared cutting edge information, tools and resources that set industry professionals up for success in their careers. The event was free to BAYWORK members and most sessions offered continuing education credits.

“I liked the classes that offered concrete tips on passing your certification exams – it’s a great way for me to build my career,” said Jason Gordon, a Water Service Inspector for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). He also enjoyed learning about innovative technologies at other utilities.

Guest presenter Frank Loethen travelled from Gwinnett County, Georgia to present his agency’s competency model framework. This session was followed by a panel discussion on competency models with executives from the SFPUC, Ross Valley Sanitary District and the City of San Jose. Among the many topics covered was a workshop on Algal Blooms, an issue that is expected to worsen with climate change. In all, 17 sessions were offered, including discussions on resource recovery, new groundwater projects and managing culture change.

If you are interested in attending, presenting or suggesting a course for next year, reach out to Robert Scott, Staff Preparedness Committee Chair, at rscott@valleywater.org.

 – Elinor Buchen (SFPUC)