CSM Grade 1 Training Course

Welcome to the CSM Grade 1 Training Course. We are glad you are here! The purpose of this course is to prepare you for the CWEA CSM Grade 1 exam. By the time you complete this course, you will have received training on the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are covered on the CSM Grade 1 exam. When you are ready, click the start course button to begin!

Introduction

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  • 101.
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  • 103.
  • 104.
  • 105.
  • 106.
  • 107.
  • 108. Ensures that hand and power tools are in proper operating condition for daily use and arranges for maintenance when required.
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  • 110.
  • 111.
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  • 113.
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101. Participates in inspecting, cleaning, maintaining, construction, and repairing of wastewater collection systems utilizing a high variety of mechanical and specialized equipment.

Take a look at a typical day on the job!

Welcome to your future

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Take a look at the picture and identify where the repair should occur

  • The repair should happen here
  • Nothing is wrong here

Performs and assists with pump station inspections, maintenance and repair; record instrument readings, and makes minor adjustments to ensure proper operation.

Ever wonder how to do this?

Pump station inspections

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Record instrument readings

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Pump station inspections include which of the following?

  • Reading instruments and completing checklists
  • Fixing mistakes made by others and completing checklists
  • Reading instruments and spending as much time with the supervisor

103. Performs a variety of manual tasks such as lifting and carrying of heavy loads including materials, equipment, and debris, while seeking assistance and utilizing equipment when appropriate.

Don't hurt yourself!

This is how to lift stuff

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True or false? Please select:

  • Lift with your legs
  • Lift with your back

104. Inspects and maintains easements, some of which may be remote or difficult to access.

Easements may be hard to access

Here is how you maintain an easement

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When maintaining an easement, you should always check for  and record any evidence of  on your clipboard.

105. Participates in the repair of the wastewater collection system, including damaged pipes, manholes, and casting adjustments, which may include excavation and shoring.

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to wastewater collection systems

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Put the following in order of importance

  • Shoring
  • Excavating
  • Casting

106. Participates in the removal and restoration of concrete and paved surfaces using a wide variety of construction equipment, hand, and power tools.

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This is how you remove pavement

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  • Remove pavement
    with pavement remover
  • Remove concrete
    with concrete remover

107. Conducts pre/post trip inspections of vehicles and equipment, performs lubrication and minor operating adjustments to ensure proper operation and arranges for maintenance as needed.

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Conducting a vehicle inspection

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Which vehicle inspection was completed properly?

108. Ensures that hand and power tools are in proper operating condition for daily use and arranges for maintenance when required.

Welcome to unit eight! In this unit, we will show you how to ensure that hand and power tools are in proper operating condition for daily use and how to arrange for maintenance when required.

By the end of this unit, you will be able to 

  • Identify a rodder and describe what it does
  • Identify a CCTV and describe what it does
  • Identify a high velocity cleaner and describe what it does
  • Define proper operating condition
  • Ensure a rodder is in proper operating condition
  • Ensure a CCTV is in proper operating condition
  • Ensure a high velocity cleaner is in operating condition
  • Determine when maintenance is required on one of the above tools
  • Arrange for maintenance when one of the above tools requires it

Knowing how to use your tools is an important part of the job!


Do you know what a rodder is and what it does?

Watch this video to find out!

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CCTVs: What they are and what they do

This is what a CCTV is and what it does

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High velocity cleaner diagram

Definition of terms:

  • Filters:
  • Pressure regulator:
  • Foot control valve:

Let's check your progress! Match the tool name with its description below:

  • Rodder
    The thing you saw in the first video.
  • CCTV
    The thing that films the pipe.
  • High velocity cleaner
    The thing in the diagram.

How to tell if a rodder is in proper operating condition

Is your rodder in proper operating condition?

Watch this video to find out!

Let's check your understanding! Which one of the rodders below is in proper operating condition?

109. Completes and maintains accurate, legible, and timely records of work performed.

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Which work log is correct?

110. Participates in establishing proper traffic control measures at work sites to protect both workers and the public.

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Traffic control procedures

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True or false?

  • The traffic cones are orange
  • You should stack the cones on your head

111. Performs basic building and grounds maintenance at collection systems facilities.

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Use this checklist

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Grounds maintenance includes

  • Trimming the flowers
  • Filling in holes
  • Removing dangerous debris

112. Responds to public inquiries in a courteous manner and provides information appropriate to the area of assignment.

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True or false?

  • If someone asks you what you are doing, you should tell them it is none of their business.
  • If you will be working in a public area, ask your supervisor how s/he would like you to respond to public inquiries.

113. Adheres to safe work practices and abides by all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures.

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It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye

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Is safety no laughing matter?

  • Yes
  • No

114. Reads and interprets collection systems maps to determine basic flow characteristics and construction details.

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Here is how you read a collection system map

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Click on the house that is next to the main pipe

115. Participates in the containment and clean up of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and provides notifications and field documentation to immediate supervisor.

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Components of a sanitary sewer overflow

  • Provide field documentation
    to immediate supervisor
  • Participate in containment
    to ensure public safety

116. Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of wastewater collection system operation and maintenance.

Continuing education and contact hours

Professional development plan

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Contact  are an important way to make sure that your knowledge and skills as a professional do not become 

117. Participates in confined space entries including but not limited to, atmospheric monitoring, hazard mitigation, rescue activities, and use of self-contained breathing apparatus.

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What do you do?

  • Right answer
  • Wrong answer

118. Responds to and investigates requests for service complaints covering such matters as sewer odors, sewer trouble, sewer back-ups, and makes the necessary corrections.

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Put the backflow prevention steps in the proper order

  • First step
  • Second step
  • Third step