SRJC Course Outlines

9/19/2019 11:48:04 AMWTR 110 Course Outline as of Fall 2017

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  WTR 110Title:  WATER TRTMNT PLNT OPERAT  
Full Title:  Water Treatment Plant Operator
Last Reviewed:2/13/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  ENVT 110

Catalog Description:
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This course provides training in the knowledge and skills required to safely operate public drinking water treatment facilities. It assists students in preparation for operator certification examinations required by the State of California. It is designed for those students who wish to become water treatment plant operators and those operators who wish to upgrade their certification grade level.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion or Current Enrollment in WWTR 112


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course provides training in the knowledge and skills required to safely operate public drinking water treatment facilities. It assists students in preparation for operator certification examinations required by the State of California. It is designed for those students who wish to become water treatment plant operators and those operators who wish to upgrade their certification grade level.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion or Current Enrollment in WWTR 112
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Perform the skills necessary to independently operate and maintain a water treatment facility
    at the Certification Grade T1 level and, with minor supervision, at the Certification Grade
    T2 level.
2.  Identify elements of, and ensure treatment facility compliance with, water quality regulatory
    requirements.

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In a drinking water treatment facility setting, the student will be able to:
1. Discuss issues related to watersheds and watershed protection.
2. Measure and evaluate raw and treated water quality.
3. Execute water treatment processes to produce drinking water that meets established water
    quality parameters.
4. Operate and maintain a drinking water treatment facility and all its components while ensuring
    operator safety.
5. Conduct appropriate laboratory procedures to ensure drinking water quality.
6. Interpret and apply the Safe Drinking Water Act and other safe drinking water regulations and
    standards.
7. Follow industry recordkeeping procedures and maintain all required records.

Topics and Scope
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I. Water Quality and Sources
    A. Introduction to water quality
         1. Public health and consumer acceptance of water quality
         2. The Safe Drinking Water Act
         3. Sources and types of common contaminants
         4. Units of measure
         5. Introduction to physical and chemical treatment technologies
    B. Sources
         1. Surface water and reservoir
         2. The Surface Water Treatment Rule
         3. Streams and rivers
         4. Reservoirs
         5. Watersheds and watershed protection
         6. Types of contaminants
         7. Double barrier treatment
         8. Groundwater sources
         9. Wells and well field operations
         10. Types of contaminants
         11. Source water assessment
         12. Source water monitoring
II. Water Treatment Processes
    A. Water treatment and processes for particulate reduction
         1. Conventional water treatment
              a. Coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration
              b. Direct filtration
         2. Slow sand and diatomaceous earth filtration
         3. Membrane processes: microfiltration and ultrafiltration
         4. Flow calculations: filtration rate, backwash rate, overflow rate
    B. Water treatment and processes for non-particulate contaminant reduction
         1. Chemistry of dissolved contaminants
         2. Common dissolved contaminants
         3. Common treatment processes
    C. Disinfection
         1. Making water safe to drink
         2. Factors influencing effectiveness of disinfection
         3. Processes
              a. Chlorination
              b. Ultraviolet irradiation
              c. Ozonation
         4. Chlorination
              a. Chlorine dose, demand, and residual
              b. Free and combined chlorine
              c. Breakpoint chlorination
              d.  Chloramination
              e. Disinfection/inactivation calculations and values
              f. Forms of available chlorine
         5. Disinfection byproducts
    D. Corrosion and corrosion control
         1. The corrosion process
         2. Chemical and physical factors influencing corrosion
         3. Methods of control
              a. Materials of construction
              b. Water treatment
    E. Fluoridation
         1. Purpose of fluoridation
         2. Methods
III. Operations and Maintenance
    A. Chemical feed
         1. Common chemicals for water treatment
         2. Chemical feed pumps:  types and controls
         3. Solution mixing and calculation
         4. Dosage calculations
    B. Pumps and motors
         1. Centrifugal pump operation and performance measurement
         2. Electrical controls
         3. Maintenance duties
    C. Pressure and flow measurement
         1. Head calculations
         2. PSI calculations
    D. Safety
         1. Confined space regulations
         2. Lockout/tagout procedures
          3. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) regulations
         4. Safety programs in the workplace
         5. Division of safety responsibility between employer and employee
    E. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
         1. Types and purpose of instrumentation and control
         2. Primary sensors
         3. Telemetry and display
         4. Control system
IV. Laboratory Procedure and/or Demonstration
    A. Sampling techniques
         1. Chemical and physical parameter sampling
         2. Bacteriological sampling
         3. Transport      
    B. Basic laboratory procedures
         1. Jar testing
         2. Turbidity measurement
         3. Titration and drop count measurements
         4. Color comparison devices
    C. Bacteriological analysis
         1. Comparison of methods
         2. Types of reporting
    D. Units of measure
    E. Chains of custody and reporting
V. Regulations and Administrative Duties
    A. The Safe Drinking Water Act and other statutes
    B. Drinking water regulations and facility compliance
    C. Recordkeeping
    D. Use of American Waterworks Association and National Sanitation Foundation standards

Assignments:
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1. Reading assignments averaging 20 pages per week
2. Problem solving homework assignments (10-15)
3. Quizzes (9-15)
4. Final exam
5. Field trip to treatment plant

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 25%
Homework problems.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
65 - 75%
Quizzes and final exam.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Class participation, including field trip


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Water Treatment Operators Training Handbook. 3rd ed. Pizzi, Nicholas and Lauer, William. American Water Works Association. 2013
Water Treatment Plant Operation (A Field Study Training Program) Vol. 1. 6th ed. Kerri, Kenneth. University Enterprises, Inc. 2008 (classic)
 
Instructor prepared materials.

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