Intro to HVVC
Introduction to High Velocity / Vacuum Cleaning (HVVC) Equipment

Online Course Syllabus

Intro to High Velocity/Vacuum Cleaning (HVVC) Equipment

Part 1: Course Information

Instructor Information

Instructor: Shelly Kukulka
Office: SACY
Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Office Telephone: (916) 876-6076

Instructor Profile

Course Description

SASD has increased its fleet of High Velocity/Vacuum Cleaning (HVVC) units dramatically over the years. The reason for this increase has been the escalating cost associated with over-flow and backup-into-structure (BIS) clean ups. HVVC units have been identified as a vital tool that can optimize the quality and quantity of work being done within the SASD collection system.

HVVC Equipment is approximately 30% of our Maintenance and Operation fleet that used for Preventative Maintenance (PM) and Emergency response situations. SASD currently operates the Vac-Con 5 yard and 9 yard Combination trucks, PipeHunter Minute Man trucks, and the Vac-Con Hot Shot trucks working in conjunction with the PipeHunter Sidekick easement cart.

The purpose of the Intro to High Velocity Vacuum Cleaning (HVVC) Equipment course is to provide a general understanding of the fundamentals, systems identification, and task performances that are associated with HVVC operations with the Sacramento Area Sewer District (SASD). This course will prepare learners with the basic knowledge necessary for certification on HVVC field equipment; Combo-Truck, Minute Man truck, and HotShot with Sidekick easement cart.


Traffic Control Training

Gas Detector Training

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Training

Hearing Protection Training

Confined Space Awareness Training

Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) Training

Textbook & Course Materials

Required Text

An electronic copy of the SASD Standard Operating Procedure Training Manual for Intro to High Velocity / Vacuum Cleaning (HVVC) Equipment will be provided after enrollment in this course.


The Management team of the Sacramento Area Sewer District extends it gratitude and appreciation to each District employee who had a hand in developing this training manual. It is a valuable resource that will lead us to meeting our vision to Provide the Best Value of any Sewer Collection Utility in California, as measured by Cost and Level of Service.
A special thank you to our Subject Matter Expert:
John Hough

Part 2: Course Objectives

After completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

Demonstrate knowledge of HVVC by scoring 85% or better on the Intro to HVVC written exam.


Identify and demonstrate safety expectations including the use of personal protective equipment, as needed or mandated, to protect themselves from the hazards of the job with 100% accuracy during an oral presentation.


Identify and relay the safety expectations, nozzle usage, work planning, work progression and expectations, End of Day (EoD) procedures, standard measures of observed results, performance measures, quality assurance, and field best practices for HVVC equipment with 85% accuracy during an oral presentation.

Part 3: Topic Outline/Schedule

Important Note: Refer to the course calendar for specific meeting dates and times. Activity and assignment details will be explained in detail within each week’s corresponding learning module. If you have any questions, please contact your instructor.


Week 01: Safety

        Safety is a key element of all work in collection systems operation and maintenance. The minimum activities required to mitigate the hazards that will be encountered in HVVC cleaning will be analyzed.

Week 02: Nozzles and Work Planning

        Nozzle selection and condition are critical aspects of HVVC operations. Crews cannot be efficient without prior proper planning.

Week 03: Work Progression, Expectations, and EoD Procedures

        Determine the guidelines and procedures shall be performed to complete a HVVC job once on the job site. Describe the steps taken to secure the vehicle and make it ready for the following days work.

Week 04: Standard and Performance Measures, and Quality Assurance.

         Determine effective observation of results is the most important work product of the crew. Explain methods utilized for verifying the cleaning effectiveness of HVVC crews and equipment. Describe why the quality of the work is vitally important and how poor quality work can result in stoppages and/or overflows.



Part 4: Grading Policy

Graded Course Activities





Personal Introductions (Due Wednesday)
Discussion Question #1: Safety Do’s and Don’ts

Assignment #1: Being Safe

Week 1 Quiz






Discussion Question #2: Nozzles and Planning

Assignment #2: Ready Set…Work

Week 2 Quiz





Discussion Question #3: Expectations

Assignment #3: Step It Up

Week 3 Quiz





Discussion Question #4: Meeting the Needs

Assignment #4: Measuring Quality

Week 4 Quiz

Final Exam






Total Points Possible