Steve started teaching part-time for DMACC as an adjunct in the Water Environmental Technology (WET) program for the 2013 Summer semester while he was working fulltime for the Des Moines Wastewater Reclamation Facility (WRF), Iowa’s largest wastewater treatment facility. In December 2015, he was selected to become the full-time Program Chair and Lead Instructor. He teaches WET classroom courses and online.
While at the Des Moines WRF, he led the development and establishment of their wastewater treatment plant operator apprenticeship program, and helped the Des Moines Water Works develop their water treatment plant operator apprenticeship program. He started his career teaching water treatment and wastewater treatment courses at Kirkwood Community College.
Steve serves on a number of committees for the Iowa Water Environment Association and the Iowa Section of the American Water Works Association. He is a Past-President National Environmental, Safety, and Heath Training Association (NESHTA).
Steve holds an Iowa DNR Wastewater Treatment Grade 4 Certification, Iowa DNR Water Treatment Grade 2 Certification, and an Iowa DNR Water Distribution Grade 2 Certification.
Steve’s goal is to help WET students understand why and how to make water safe to drink and wastewater safe to recycle to the environment, and how important the job of the certified water and wastewater operator is.
Education: B.S. in General Science from University of Iowa. M. S. in Environmental Engineering from University of Iowa, and graduate courses in Industrial Relations from Iowa State University.