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.
This major/certificate is undergoing revisions. Please consult a counselor or program coordinator.
The Wastewater Treatment Operations Program Certificate of Achievement provides instructional training necessary for entry level positions in the operation of wastewater treatment facilities and wastewater collection systems as well as assistance in developing the knowledge to pass the required examinations administered by the California Department of Health Services. The certificate program requires a total of 21 units consisting of 18 units of core requirements plus 3 units of elective courses. Students may continue on to major in this area by completing additional course work and meeting other college requirements to earn an Associates' degree.
This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:
- Read and interpret meters and gauges that monitor the purification process and operation;
- apply data to formulas that determine treatment requirements, flow levels, and concentration levels;
- collect water samples, operate chemical-feeding devices, and perform laboratory tests;
- use information to control pumps, valves, and generators that move wastewater through treatment processes and dispose of the waste materials;
- use computers to monitor and regulate processes and equipment and to generate reports; and
- apply to take the WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR EXAMINATION, Grade II.
Recommended Sequence of Courses
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.