WATER SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY

Associate in Science Degree and Certificate of Achievement: Water Systems Technology

Water Systems Technology is the study of water treatment and distribution processes. The program is designed to prepare students seeking a career in drinking water treatment and distribution. The Water Systems Technology program also provides instruction for water 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-Department of Public Health. Upon completion of the program, students will acquire skills and knowledge in water treatment concepts, chemical dosage techniques, water distribution, water chemistry, water quality, water mathematical calculations and other skills needed in 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.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required for employment in the water industry.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 21
 

    Units
WATER-020 Introduction to Water Systems Technology 3.0
WATER-030 Waterworks Mathematics 3.0
WATER-031 Advanced Waterworks Mathematics 3.0
WATER-032 Water Supply 3.0
WATER-035 Water Quality 3.0
     
Plus six units from the following:  
     
WATER-040 Water Distribution Operator I 3.0
WATER-041 Water Distribution Operator II 3.0
OR    
WATER-050 Water Treatment Plant Operation Processes I 3.0
WATER-052 Water Treatment Plant Operation Processes II 3.0


WATER 020 INTRODUCTION TO WATER SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY
Units: 3.00
54.00 hours lecture
Explores the technologies, potential career opportunities and the State of California certification requirements in the water industry. Topics include water sources, water quality, water treatment, water distribution, and related topics.


WATER 030 WATERWORKS MATHEMATICS
Units: 3.00
54.00 hours lecture
Introduces basic mathematical principles related to water distribution and treatment systems; including areas, volumes, pressure, flow rates, unit conversion, chemical dosage, detention time, and filtration rates. Assists in preparation for Water Distribution and Treatment Operator Certification Examinations.


WATER 031 ADVANCED WATERWORKS MATHEMATICS
Units: 3.00
54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: WATER-030

Examines advanced study of mathematical principles related to pump hydraulics: horsepower, flow rates, pump curves, chemical dosages, detention time, filtration and backwash rates, CT calculations and various utility management analyses related to budget preparations, water rate structures, and demand design forecasting. Focuses on mathematical computations within the expected range of knowledge on the California Department of Public Health Certification exams for D3, D4, D5, T3, and T4.


WATER 032 WATER SUPPLY
Units: 3.00
54.00 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: WATER-030

Examines the sources of drinking water supplies, with special emphasis on water in California. Explores the uses of water, including residential, commercial/industrial/institutional, and landscaping demands. It also examines the roles and methods of conservation on water demand management.


WATER 035 WATER QUALITY
Units: 3.00
54.00 hours lecture
Examines basic principles of chemistry and microbiology, and applies them to drinking water quality and related state and federal regulations.


WATER 040 WATER DISTRIBUTION OPERATOR I
Units: 3.00
54.00 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: WATER-030

Introduces basic concepts and processes of drinking water distribution systems, including a general background of drinking water sources, regulations, water system design, and various distribution system appurtenances. Assists in the preparation of California Department of Public Health Operator Certification Exams for Grades I and II.


WATER 041 WATER DISTRIBUTION OPERATOR II
Units: 3.00
54.00 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: WATER-040 or four years of employment in a water treatment plant, water distribution system or hold a valid Grade I license.

Presents intermediate to advanced principles of water distribution. Assists in preparation for Grade III & IV Water Distribution Operator's Certificate examination given by the State of California Department of Public Health.


WATER 050 WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATION PROCESSES I
Units: 3.00
54.00 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: WATER-030 & WATER-035

Presents the basic operating principles and techniques of the conventional surface water treatment processes of coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, and filtration, plus those of disinfection processes. Assists in preparation for Grade T1 and T2 Water Treatment Plant Operator's Certificate examination given by the State of California Department of Public Health.


WATER 052 WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATION PROCESSES II
Units: 3.00
54.00 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: WATER-031 and 050.

Examines advanced topics in conventional surface water treatment processes and disinfection, as well as non-conventional treatment processes. Assists in preparation for Grade T3 and T4 Water Treatment Plant Operator's Certificate examination given by the State of California Department of Public Health.


Planned Course Offerings 2011-2013

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