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WATER 141 - Water Distribution Operator II - Don Kendall

Course:Water Distribution Operator II
Professor:Don Kendall
  • HyFlex
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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Meet your Instructor

Hello, I'm Don Kendall.  I have been working the water industry for over 30 years professionally and academically.  I am a registered professional engineer and held a Grade IV Water Treatment Operator certification. I will teach you everything I can to help you succeed in this course. 

Course Description

Continuation of WATER 140.   Assists in the preparation of California State Water Resources Control Board Operator Certification Exams for Grades 3 and 4. 

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to understand and explain the following topics:

  • Pipes and Pipe Installation
  • Disinfection
  • Motors
  • Pumps
  • Instrumentation and SCADA
  • Distribution Operator Safety
  • Water Rates
  • Public Outreach


What to Expect in this Course

Course Work:   This is not self-paced instruction. You should expect to spend about 8 hours per week working on this course in addition to the face-to-face class meetings. Your success in this class depends on your willingness to dedicate the time necessary to complete the course assignments. You are responsible for meeting all deadlines for homework, assignments, discussions, and other related course material.  Homework assignments are due on Mondays. I will grade them before class meets on Tuesdays. 

In addition to using Zoom and Canvas, each student must have regular, reliable, and stable access to a computer and the internet. Additionally, each student must use their assigned COC campus email address. Students should have working knowledge of at least one web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox), how to conduct an internet search using a search engine (i.e. Google, Yahoo, etc.), and other basic computer skills including opening, creating, saving, and closing files, and sending and receiving emails.

When attaching documents or submitting assignments, only pdf, Microsoft Word documents, Excel Documents, and jpeg will be accepted. If we can’t open it, we can’t grade it!

Types of Assessments

Discussion Posts: Each week you will be required to participate in the online discussion boards. A different discussion topic will be given to you on Monday.  You are required to submit your initial post by Thursday at midnight.  Responses to two (2) other posts are due by Sunday at midnight. Your initial post is worth 20 points and each response is worth 5 points, for a total of 30 points possible per discussion. More instruction will be given with each discussion topic.


Quizzes:   There will be 10 quizzes each worth 10 points. See Canvas for dates of all quizzes.

Exams:  There is one cumulative final exam worth 100 points in the last week of class. 

Grading: Your final grade will be based on the total number of points accumulated throughout the course.


Textbook Information

OER/ZTC Digital download via Canvas for free.

Also access at

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 04/08/2024 Sub#: 1738