Environmental Technology

The Water/Wastewater Technology degree program is designed to prepare students for employment by municipal drinking departments or industrial treatment facilities. Careers in Water/Wastewater Technology generally involve the administration, operation and maintenance of both drinking water and wastewater facilities as well as distribution and collection systems.

Certificate Program

Water and Wastewater Utility Operator Certificate of Achievement

This certificate course will cover all aspects of drinking water treatment, drinking water distribution and wastewater treatment. Topics covered will include drinking water sources, water quality/contaminants, water sampling/testing, drinking water treatment techniques, drinking water regulations, recordkeeping, safety, customer relations and local government basics. The course also covers drinking water distribution system installation and maintenance of pipes, valves, meters, fire hydrants and storage tanks. Wastewater classes will cover wastewater collection, sampling/testing, pre-treatment, advanced treatment techniques, effluent disinfection, sludge/effluent disposal, regulations, laboratory procedure and administration. These courses are designed to prepare students to take mid-level operator certification exams through the state of California to become water and wastewater operators, which is the first step for working in the water/wastewater utility industry.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • take and pass the water treatment exam given by the California Department of Public Health;
  • take and pass the water distribution exam given by the California Department of Public Health;
  • take and pass the wastewater treatment exam given by the California Water Resources Development Department.
Required Courses
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ENVTC 20Water Distribution System Operation & Management3
ENVTC 21Water Treatment Plant Operation3
ENVTC 22Water Distribution Systems Level II3
ENVTC 23Water Treatment Plant Operation Level II3
ENVTC 24Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation Level I3
ENVTC 25Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation Level II3
TOTAL
18
Course Descriptions

ENVTC-20 Water Distribution System O & M Transferable to CSU Topics covered will include drinking water sources with an emphasis on groundwater wells, pumps, water pipes, valves, hydrants, groundwater quality, chemicals used for water disinfection, state and federal regulations for distribution systems and water sampling techniques for distribution systems. This course will prepare students to take a state certification examination for water distribution systems, which is the first step in working for a public entity that delivers safe drinking water to the public. This class will also count for Continuing Education Credits (contact hours) for existing operators.

ENVTC-21 Water Treatment Plant Operation Transferable to CSU Topics covered will include drinking water sources (groundwater and surface water), protection of drinking water sources, intake structures, water conveyances, water treatment facilities, water quality versus treatment techniques, chemicals used for water filtration and disinfection; State and Federal regulations for surface water sources and water sampling techniques for groundwater and surface water. This course will prepare students to take a State Certification Examination for water treatment, which is the first step in working for a public water system that treats and delivers safe drinking water to the public. This class will also count for Continuing Education Credits (contact hours) for existing operations.

ENVTC-22 Water Distribution Systems Level II Transferable to CSU Topics covered will include the drinking water distribution system design, system operations, piping materials, water main, meter and fire hydrant installation, water storage, backflow control, information management and public relations. This course will prepare students to take a state certification examination for water treatment level II, which is the first step in working for a public water system that delivers safe drinking water to the public. Pre-requisite: ENVTC-20

ENVTC-23 Water Treatment Plant Operation Level II Transferable to CSU Topics covered will include advanced drinking water treatment techniques. This includes mineral removal, fluoridation, water softening, arsenic removal, membrane filtration processes, disposing of process wastes, maintenance of the treatment plant, advanced lab procedures drinking water regulations and administration. This course will prepare students to take a state certification examination for water treatment level II, which is the first step in working for a public water system. Pre-requisite: ENVTC-21

ENVTC-24 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation Level 1 Transferable to CSU Course content includes wastewater treatment and disposal methods. Topics covered will include wastewater treatment facilities, pretreatment and primary treatment, wastewater treatment methods, disinfection and final effluent disposal. This course will help prepare students to take a state certification exam for wastewater treatment operators, which is the first step in working for a public wastewater system that treats and disposes of wastewater in compliance with state and federal laws, which is the first step in working for a public water system that treats and delivers safe drinking water to the public. This class will also count for Continuing Education Credits (contact hours) for existing operators.

ENVTC-25 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation Level II Transferable to CSU Covers advanced wastewater treatment techniques, including effluent disposal methods, activated sludge treatment, sludge digestion and disposal, effluent discharge, plant safety, plant maintenance, laboratory procedures, and treatment plant administration. Helps prepare students to take a state certification examination for wastewater treatment. First step in working for a public wastewater utility. Pre-requisite: ENVTC-24