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Annual PNRO Classroom Dam Operator Training

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 (FAC 02-01), finalized on March 31, 2005, 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 3 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 6 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:
2015 - Bend, Oregon
2016 - Boise, Idaho


We are still confirming our instructors and the change in presentations from previous years. While much of the subject matters have been presented before, this year we are bringing on a variety of new speakers with updated new information. This year’s Dam Operator Training will include presentations regarding:

  • Safety and Hazardous Materials
  • Lessons from Dam Failures / Performance Monitoring & Failure Modes
  • Monitoring and Instrumentation
  • Dam Inspection / Testing & Maintenance of Mechanical Equipment
  • Standard Operating Procedures & Record Keeping
  • Physical Security
  • Recognizing & Reporting Surveillance Activities / Terrorism Trends
  • Emergency Action Plans / Incident Command System

Classroom Dam Operating Training - Brochure

Cost:  There is a $20 registration fee for Classroom Dam Operator Training. In the past, Reclamation was able to refund the registration fee if the registrant was unable to attend.  Due to the expense involved with issuing refunds, Reclamation will no longer be able to refund the registration fee.  However, student substitutions will be accepted.  One RSVP per registrant, but payment may be combined.

LODGING / REGISTRATION:  See Future Schedule above for links to current year registration documents and specific class details.

For more information regarding Classroom Dam Operating Training, please contact Suzanne Marinelli at the information provided below.

Reference Documents  
Directive and Standard for the Operating Practices and Procedures for High-and-Significant-Hazard-Dams (FAC 0201) PDF 73 kb
Dam Operator Training Contact

Suzanne Marinelli, MEP
Facilities O&M
(208) 378-5204

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


Last Update: February 20, 2015 1:48 PM