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Wastewater Treatment Operations Certificate Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 21
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Term Effective: Fall 2012


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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:

  1. Read and interpret meters and gauges that monitor the purification process and operation;
  2. apply data to formulas that determine treatment requirements, flow levels, and concentration levels;
  3. collect water samples, operate chemical-feeding devices, and perform laboratory tests;
  4. use information to control pumps, valves, and generators that move wastewater through treatment processes and dispose of the waste materials;
  5. use computers to monitor and regulate processes and equipment and to generate reports; and

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 Wastewater Treatment Operations Certificate program are:

  • Complete 21 units from
    • Wastewater Treatment Operations

Wastewater Treatment Operations - complete 21.00 units
WWTR 112Wastewater Treatment Math3.00
WWTR 120Wastewater Treatment 13.00
WWTR 121Wastewater Treatment 23.00
WWTR 122Wastewater Chemistry3.00
WWTR 123Instrumentation and Controls3.00
WWTR 124Pumps3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
BGN 71Business English Grammar3.00
CS 65.11Microsoft Office3.00
ENGL 1AReading & Composition4.00
WWTR 125Industrial Waste Pretreatment Facility Inspection3.00
WEOC 99IOccupational Work Experience Internship3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2012

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 2017

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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