Kerri McIver – WCW Member Profile

Working-in-Water-logoWCW Member Profile – Kerri McIver

Kerri McIverName: Kerri McIver
Position: Wastewater Treatment Operator
Organization: RM of Headingley Wastewater Treatment Facility
Core Function: Is to provide the highest quality wastewater treatment possible.
Born and Raised: Born in B.C. and raised in Winnipeg, MB and Gimli, MB

Education/Training

Obtaining my C.E.T. after completing the Environmental Protection, Civil Engineering Technology program at Red River College is my most recent accomplishment as well as completing the majority of the University of Sacramento Wastewater Courses.

History in the industry and as a WCW member

After finishing the C.E.T. program at Red River College I was hired by the Rural Municipality of Gimli as a Water and Wastewater Treatment Operator where I began my career.  I was employed by the RM of Gimli for 7 months before the RM of Headingley asked me to join their team at the newly constructed Wastewater Treatment Facility.  I have been here for just under 2 years now.

I attended last year’s Western Canada Water conference as well as the Manitoba Water & Wastewater conference where, along with my manager, we created and he presented a paper on the effects of MLSS on Nitrification.

Typical day

Typically the day starts off with a thorough look at the SCADA system and a walk through the plant, composite and grab samples are collected, in house lab analysis is completed and data is inputted into the computer.  During the afternoon routine maintenance is completed.

Job satisfaction

I enjoy the fact that there is always so much more to learn and I am fortunate enough to work alongside someone who has so much experience and encourages furthering my education and career.

Main challenges

The main challenge is public awareness of how important water and wastewater treatment is; the saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is what the general public seems to think but it’s a thought process that needs change.

Career highlights/Mentors

I was the 2013 recipient of the MWWAs ‘Rookie of the Year’ award and was very excited to receive it.  As I mentioned above obtaining my C.E.T. designation this year was also a huge achievement.  Something else I’m proud of is being invited to speak with school children on the importance of water/wastewater treatment throughout history and the opportunities in the field of environmental engineering technology and operations.

My current mentor would have to be my manager who has made a successful career in the wastewater field.

Advice for a successful career

Ambition is a amazing attribute, so never let someone’s ‘lack of ambition’ stop you from going as far as you can.

Time away from work

I spend a large portion of my free time with my horse preparing for/showing within the province; when I’m not riding I enjoy quading and snowmobiling with my boyfriend and friends.

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