Annual PNRO Classroom Dam Operator Training

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The Pacific Northwest Regional Office Annual Classroom Dam Operator Training is normally conducted in late November or early December each year. Reclamation's Directives and Standards for the Operating Practices and Procedures for High-and Significant-Hazard Dams Temporary Release FAC TRMR-66 (replacing FAC 02-01), mandates that all primary and alternate dam operators responsible for the operations and maintenance of high-and significant-hazard dams within Reclamation's jurisdiction attend Classroom Dam Operator Training every 4 years. This is a recent change from the 3 year training rotation. The Pacific Northwest Regional Office will be maintaining the same schedule and travel cycle between Idaho, Oregon and Washington every three years.

The Directives and Standards further mandate that the primary dam operator and at least one alternate dam operator participate in on-site dam operator review (on-site review) for the dam(s) which they are assigned every 8 years. As part of the on-site review, completion of a proficiency review form, which is included in the Directives and Standards, is required and is based on Classroom Dam Operator Training attendance and a demonstration of knowledge of operations and maintenance regarding the dam(s) during the on-site review.

Future Schedule: Classroom Dam Operator Training is held annually during the off-water season, traditionally the first week of December

Dec 2016 Boise, Idaho (FY2017) Information for December 2016 class >>
Dec 2017 Tri-Cities, WA (FY2018)
Dec 2018 Medford, OR (FY2019)
Dec 2019 Idaho Falls, ID (FY2020)

Content of Classroom Training

D&S indicates that at a minimum classroom training will cover:

  • Purposes of Reclamation Projects (how dams interrelate)
  • Design and Construction of Safe Dams
  • Awareness of dam failures, incidents, and risks from natural or man-made hazards
  • Instrumentation (purposes, types, locations, readings and maintenance requirements)
  • Dam tender/operator duties and responsibilities, including general safety and security awareness and procedures
  • Emergency Management / Emergency Action Plans / Incident Command System
  • Documentation (operating and reference)
  • Standing Operating Procedures
  • Reference material and supporting documentation
  • Hydrology and reservoir operations

Who Should Attend CDOT
Reclamation's Directives and Standards for the Operating Practices and Procedures for High-and Significant-Hazard Dams Temporary Release FAC TRMR-66 (replacing FAC 02-01) clearly define who should attend CDOT. For a list of previous attendees training dates for your agency, please contact the CDOT Organizer, Suzanne Marinelli at smarinelli@usbr.gov

Reference Documents
Directives and Standards for the Operating Practices and Procedures for High-and-Significant-Hazard-Dams (FAC TRMR-66) PDF 73 kb

Classroom Dam Operator Training Coordinator
Suzanne Marinelli, MEP
Emergency Management Program Coordinator
Facilities O&M
(208) 378-5204
smarinelli@usbr.gov

Bureau of Reclamation
Pacific Northwest Region
1150 Curtis Road, Suite 100
Boise, ID 83706

Last Updated: 10/13/16