Water Systems Technology
AS Degree & Certificate of Achievement

The Water Systems Technology Program offers both an Associate of Science Degree and a Certificate of Achievement.

The only difference between the Degree and the Certificate is the completion of the college’s general education requirements. The Degree is 21 program units + 39 general education units (for a total of 60 units) and the Certificate is 21 program units.

Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement: Water Systems Technology
Water Systems Technology is the study of water treatment processes, distribution processes, and wastewater processes. The program is designed to prepare students seeking a career in drinking water treatment and distribution or wastewater.

The Water Systems Technology program also provides instruction for water and wastewater industry personnel interested in career advancement as well as continuing education opportunities for State certified Water Treatment and Water Distribution Operators for certification renewal.

Coursework will help prepare students for various certification examinations given by the State of California Water Resources Control Board. Upon completion of the program, students will acquire skills and knowledge in water treatment concepts, wastewater treatment concepts, chemical dosage techniques, water distribution, water chemistry, water quality, water mathematical calculations and other skills needed throughout this vital industry.

The students completing the program can become employed as a distribution operator, water treatment plant operator, water service representative, water quality specialist, wastewater collection worker and/or wastewater treatment operator.

Degree and Certificate Student Learning Outcome:
Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required for employment in the water and wastewater industry.

Program Requirements
Units Required: 21
Introduction to Water Systems Technology | 3.0 units
Waterworks Mathematics | 3.0 units
Advanced Waterworks Mathematics | 3.0 units
Water Supply | 3.0 units
Water Quality | 3.0 units

Plus six units from the following:
Water Distribution Operator I | 3.0 units
Water Distribution Operator II | 3.0 units

Water Treatment Plant Operation Processes I | 3.0 units
Water Treatment Plant Operation Processes II | 3.0 units


Wastewater Treatment and Disposal I | 3.0 units
Wastewater Treatment and Disposal II | 3.0 units


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