Water Utility Operations Certificate Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 16.0

Term Effective: Fall 2010

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2012

Previous Versions:

Water Utility Operations - effective Fall 2008


The Water Utility Operations Certificate of Achievement Program provides instructional training necessary for entry level positions in the operation of water treatment facilities and water distribution systems as well as assistance in developing the knowledge to pass the required examinations administered by the California Department of Health Services. The program consists of 11.5 units of core requirements plus elective courses for a total of 16 units.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Qualify to take the Certified Examinations at the Treatment (T2) or Distribution (D2) levels;
  2. evaluate careers in water treatment technology;
  3. utilize mathematical methods applicable to the fields of water treatment technology and water distribution technology;
  4. perform laboratory techniques and measure common water quality parameters related to water treatment parameters, such as turbidity and chlorine residual;
  5. meet current industry standards of training for the safe operation of a water treatment plant and delivery of water in a distribution system;
  6. evaluate and regulate water treatment processes and equipment including diagnosing system problems and taking effective actions to solve those problems; and
  7. comply with regulations ensuring the safety and health of the operator and the public.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Water Utility Operations program are:

  • Complete 16.0 units from
    • Water Utility Operations Requirements

Water Utility Operations Requirements - complete 16.00 units
ENVT 101 Introduction to Water Careers1.00
ENVT 102 Mathematical Methods for Water Treatment Technology1.50
ENVT 103 Introduction to Water Sciences for Operators1.50
ENVT 104 Chemistry and Lab Principles for Drinking Water Treatment1.50
ENVT 110 Water Treatment Plant Operator3.00
ENVT 111 Water Distribution System Operator3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.50 units from the following:
BGN 71 Business English Grammar3.00
BAD 53 Introduction to Solving Business Problems w/Spreadsheets1.50
ELEC 53.11 Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers2.00
ELEC 53.12 Programmable Logic Controllers for Maintenance Technicians 12.00
CEST 192 Non-Technical Skills for the Civil Engineering Technician1.50
MATH 150A Elementary Algebra 13.00
MATH 150B Elementary Algebra 23.00
APTECH 90A Applied Mathematics4.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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