Tuesday, February 12, 2018, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The goal of the Operators Challenge is to provide a fun but educational experience. There are four challenges to choose participate in; Laboratory, Maintenance, Safety, and Operations. The event will be in the main Exhibit Hall.  The event won’t cost you a dime, you just have to register at the Head Judges Table. 
The lab team is busy researching an analysis that will be educational and common enough that all should be familiar.  Each participant will be required to don the provided goggles, lab coats, aprons, and gloves.  Emphasis will be placed on procedure, technique, set up and clean up.  The challenge criteria for grading will be twenty different aspects of the analysis. Judges will be knowledgeable and stringent, just like the regulators!
The Maintenance challenge is still in the air.  The committee wants to have a maintenance item that most are familiar with but can still be a challenge.  Last year the challenge was to utilize the provided SCADA system to identify various operational and maintenance scenerios.  There was a pick the part test where the participant had to match a corresponding part with a description.  As with last year, grading will be on 20 different aspects of the job including preparations, maintenance techniques, clean up, and use of or lack of profanity.  Judges are industry professionals and equipment representatives, so be on your toes!
The Safety challenge will be a bit of a change up.  This year each participant will be required to identify equipment and safety gear required to enter either confined spaces or other areas to perform work.  It was fun to watch as operators, engineers and industry professionals learned a few new facts. Not much profanity or arguing was tolerated. 
Sharpen up your wits!  The Operations challenge is a quiz developed by the high academics at the Environmental Resources Training Center.  These guys say the quiz will challenge even the most knowledgeable and astute operator.  Most operators get the scenerios, but to watch the engineers, managers, and other professionals scratch the noggins was fun.  The quiz is short, but the scenario will make you think.
The grade sheets will be submitted to the Head Judge table. There, in a top secret high security area, the knowledgeable judges will tabulate the results.  The winners will be announced at the end of the event. Each participant will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.  The winners of each event will receive a plaque and the undying respect and adulation of the crowds. 
This event is for individual participation. Individuals may choose to enter just one challenge or all four.  This makes it easy and flexible for anyone who is interested in participates.