Environmental Technology

Certificate of Achievement

Water/Wastewater Management Certificate

This program is designed to meet competency areas for students interested in entering the field of Water and Wastewater Management, and to enhance the knowledge and abilities of an individual already employed in the field.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
BUSTEC 110 Business Procedures for Professional Success 31
ENVT 351 Math for Water and Wastewater Operators 3
ENVT 353 Science for Water and Wastewater Operators 4
ENVT 354 Waste Water Management: Basic Instrumentation and Electrical Controls 4
ENVT 355 Introduction to Water, Wastewater and Recycled Water Management 3
ENVT 380 Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations I 3
ENVT 381 Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations II 3
ENVT 382 Water and Wastewater System Regulations and Management 3
ENVT 383 Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Systems 3
Total Units: 29

1Business course offered by other department. In the event this course is unavailable or cancelled, other similar business courses with like content may be substituted, as approved by faculty.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • review the history and importance of community water and wastewater systems, their social benefits, common operational challenges, and how they support and promote the welfare of all modern societies.
  • evaluate water and wastewater system regulations (federal and state), water pollution control and safe drinking water laws, environmental economics that influence pollution control strategies, the importance of environmental stewardship, application of scientific concepts in water/wastewater management, and other factors that influence programs that protect public health and the environment.
  • examine common water and wastewater treatment processes and principles, including fundamental physical, chemical, and biologic treatment processes common in the proper operation of water and wastewater facilities.
  • evaluate hydraulic and fluid dynamic principles of water, and application of these principles to wastewater collection and water distribution systems.
  • use, define, and apply industry terminology, nomenclature, and common water and wastewater treatment technical terms to classify, compare, and differentiate water and wastewater processes.
  • formulate mathematical models and equations to analyze, plan, evaluate, manage, troubleshoot, correct, and predict water and wastewater system processes.
  • assess professional and ethical responsibilities of a water/wastewater treatment practitioner as it relates to the principle objectives of public and environmental health.
  • explain occupational health and safety protocols to address risks encountered in water/wastewater treatment, wastewater collection, water distribution, and water recycling operations.
  • apply personal safety practices which demonstrate an understanding of personal safety practices in the water, wastewater and recycled water industries.
  • seek employment in the water and wastewater industries in the region.

Gainful Employment

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Gainful Employment Information for Water/Wastewater Management Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Students with certificates in Water/Wastewater Management are prepared to acquire professional licenses as required for employment in the field, and perform the duties of water and wastewater operators. Career opportunities are numerous, in both private and public agency settings, as most all communities have water and wastewater facilities that require individuals with specialized training to oversee their operations and management.