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Wastewater Treatment Operations Certificate Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 18
Term Effective: Fall 2019


The Wastewater Treatment Operations 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.

This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, 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
  6. Apply to take the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Examination Grade II.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Wastewater Treatment Operations Certificate program are:

  • Complete 18 units from
    • Wastewater Treatment Operations

Wastewater Treatment Operations - complete 18.00 units
WWTR 112Math for Water and Wastewater Technology3.00
WWTR 120Wastewater Treatment 13.00
WWTR 121Wastewater Treatment 23.00
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:

Wastewater Treatment Operations - effective Fall 2017
Wastewater Treatment Operations - effective Fall 2012

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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