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Water Utility Operations Certificate Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 18
Term Effective: Fall 2019


The Water Utility Operations Certificate of Achievement 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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Qualify to take the Certified Examinations at the Treatment (T3) or Distribution (D3) 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.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Water Utility Operations Certificate program are:

  • Complete 18 units from
    • Water Utility Operations Requirements

Water Utility Operations Requirements - complete 18.00 units
WTR 110Water Treatment Plant Operator3.00
WTR 111Water Distribution System Operator3.00
WWTR 112Math for Water and Wastewater Technology3.00
WWTR 122Chemistry for Water and Wastewater Technology3.00
WWTR 123Instrumentation and Controls3.00
WWTR 124Pumps and Motors3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2019

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.

Previous Versions:

Water Utility Operations - effective Fall 2017
Water Utility Operations - effective Fall 2012
Water Utility Operations - effective Fall 2010
Water Utility Operations - effective Fall 2008

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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