Q. What is Water Systems Technology?
A. The Water Systems Technology program is primarily designed for students interested in becoming water system operators for treatment, distribution, or wastewater facilities.
Q. What kind of certification do I get when I finish the program and how long does it take?
A. The program offers both an Associate of Science Degree (60 units) and a Certificate of Achievement (21 units).
The Associate of Science Degree program is a 2-year program since it requires a total of 60 units (21 program units and 39 general education units).
The Certificate of Achievement program can be completed in 1-year as it only requires 21 units.
How long it takes for you to complete the program depends on you, the student. Are you a full time student? Are you a part-time student? Are you working and going to school? How many units can you reasonably and successfully complete in any given semester?
Q. What are the requirements to enroll in the program? How do I enroll?
Q. How do I get my Certificate or Degree?
Degrees and Certificates are not automatically awarded. You will need
to petition for your degree or certificate. All of the information you
need including filing deadlines, can be found on the Admissions and Records website.
The Petition for Associate Degree and the Petition for Certificate forms can be found here.
Q. What classes do I have to take?
A. The required courses for both the degree and the certificate can be found here.
Additionally you can find recommended pathways showing the semester by
semester sequence of courses for both the AS Degree and the Certificate here.
Q. How much does the program cost?
A. COC is a California Community College and our tuition and fees are established by the State of California. The current tuition and fees can be found on the Student Business Office fee page.
Q. Will this program make me qualified to be a treatment, distribution, or wastewater operator?
A. The program is designed to train students seeking a career in water treatment, distribution, and/or wastewater. The coursework will help prepare students for the various certification examinations given by the State Water Resources Control Board. These certifications are required for employment.
The Water Systems Technology program also provides instruction for personnel working in the industry who are interested in career advancement or need CEUs for State certification renewal. For additional information on State Certification click here
Q. Will I be able to get a job? Does the program provide job placement services?
A. The program does not provide formal job placement services however the career services office on campus can assist students (free of charge) with finding employment including resume writing/review, job searches, workshops, interview practice, etc.
Additionally we work closely with local industry to develop and offer internships. When we receive job announcements from industry, this information is passed along directly to all the students in the program.
For more specific information, check out the State of California labor market supply and demand data or the Bureau of Labor Statistics website