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Environmental Technology (ENVT)

Career Options & Highlights

Folsom Lake College offers courses in environmental technology (ENVT) for two purposes: 1) to provide foundational content to students interested in environmental protection, sustainability, regulatory compliance, and workplace safety and health applications; and 2) as part of the water and wastewater management certificate programs. Students pursuing study in environmental technology, environmental studies, sustainability, natural resources, and related fields may continue their studies at other two- or four-year institutions. Students completing degrees in these and related disciplines may be employed by businesses and governmental agencies that require a knowledge of techniques for storage, treatment, transport, and disposal of hazardous materials; a basic understanding of the chemical and biological phenomena which underlie environmental protection; and an understanding of environmental health and safety. Technicians may be employed in remediation, monitoring, compliance, or environmental information applications. Due to the college’s emphasis on water-related certificate programs, most of the ENVT course offerings pertain to the occurrence, conveyance, and treatment of water and/or wastewater. The certificate of achievements in wastewater management and water management are designed to prepare students for employment by private and municipal wastewater treatment facilities or industrial treatment plants. Careers in wastewater technology generally involve the administration, operation, and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities as well as distribution and collection systems. Significant opportunities also exist in recycled water handling and distribution, water conservation, and enhancing the energy efficiency of wastewater treatment facilities.

Note:
For information on the Wastewater Management and Water Management certificate programs, see those sections of the catalog.

Career Options - Environmental Technology
Agricultural Chemical Manufacture & Application Firms
Analytical Laboratories
Electronics Semiconductor Industry
Energy & Environmental Audit/Inventories
Engineering/Consulting Firms
Governmental Compliance Agencies
Solid Waste Disposal Landfills
Storage, Treatment, Disposal Facilities
Warehouse-Transportation Systems
Workplace Health and Safety Support

Many career options require a bachelor of science degree. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required to fulfill some career options or for preparation for transfer to a college or university program.

Highlights - Environmental Technology
Broad-based field with applications ranging from recordkeeping to pollution cleanup to emergency response.
A wide variety of water-related courses offered as part of the water and wastewater.

Career Options - Water and Wastewater Management
Backflow Program Manager
Construction Inspector
Cross Connection Control Specialist
Electronic Technician
Engineer Technician
Equipment Maintenance Operator
Field Operations Supervisor
Inspector
Instrumentation and Control Technician or Supervisor
Laboratory Analyst
Machinist
Mechanical Systems Technician
Meter Maintenance Technician
Plant Operator
Plant Process Control Electrician or Supervisor
Recycled Water Inspector
Survey Technician
Utility Worker
Water Systems Technician

Highlights - Water and Wastewater Management
A wide variety of water-related courses offered as part of the water and wastewater management certificate programs.

  • Broad-based field providing a firm foundation of the training regulations, general management, and operational challenges associated with water, wastewater, and recycled water industries. 
  • Lecture and laboratory settings with field trips to a variety of treatment plants in the region. 
  • Work experience and internship opportunities with local water and wastewater agencies and related providers. 
  • Designed to meet the competency areas for students interested in entering into the field of wastewater management and to enhance the existing abilities of an individual already employed in the field. 

Updated 6/15/17

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