Network Operator Development Program

The Network Operator Development Program has been established to identify, mentor and develop future leaders in the Network Operations field across the Victorian Water Industry. The program was instigated by WIOA members Mick Mahoney from Wannon Water and Mike Rankin from Water Training Australia who bought the concept to WIOA. Following an initial meeting with WIOA, a program Advisory Committee was established and the content of the program was created.

The program aim is to expand knowledge and skill sets of Network Operators, exposing them to strategic thinking and best practice initiatives in technology, business management and leadership. The program provided the opportunity to build a network of colleagues within their field of expertise and assisted to deliver an improved customer focus.

The program commenced in February 2017 and involved one day each month over an eight month period, with sessions held at a variety of venues across the state.
Sessions covered a range of topics including Leadership and Industry Focus; Water Quality Mains Repairs; Managing Water Reticulation Systems; Wastewater Collection Systems; Pumps and Pumping Systems; Asset Management; and Solid Waste Management Issues along with a Program Evaluation by Participants.

The first cohort of 13 participants completed the program in September 2017. They were presented their program completion certificates and a shirt at a special graduation ceremony at a dinner held on Tuesday 5 September. They were each presented their certificates by Mike Rankin from Water Training Australia and were acknowledged by all those present for their hard work and dedication.

Further information on the Network Operator Development Program