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Water Utility Operations Certificate Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 16
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Term Effective: Fall 2012


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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 Certificate program are:

  • Complete 16 units from
    • Water Utility Operations Requirements

Water Utility Operations Requirements - complete 16.00 units
WTR 101Introduction to Water Careers1.00
WTR 102Mathematical Methods for Water Treatment Technology1.50
WTR 103Introduction to Water Sciences for Operators1.50
WTR 104Chemistry and Lab Principles for Drinking Water Treatment1.50
WTR 110Water Treatment Plant Operator3.00
WTR 111Water Distribution System Operator3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.50 units from the following:
APTECH 90AApplied Mathematics4.00
BGN 71Business English Grammar3.00
CEST 192Non-Technical Skills for the Civil Engineering Technician1.50
CS 65.11Microsoft Office3.00
ENGL 1AReading & Composition4.00
WEOC 99IOccupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00
WWTR 123Instrumentation and Controls3.00
WWTR 124Pumps3.00

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

Previous Versions:

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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