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Water-141 - Water Distribution Operator II - Ryan Bye

Course:Water Distribution Operator II
Professor:Ryan Bye
  • OnlineLive
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Picture of the instructor Ryan Bye.

Hello and welcome to Water 141 - Water Distribution Operations II. My name is Ryan Bye and I will be your instructor this semester. This course presents intermediate to advanced principles of water distribution. It also assists in preparation for Grade III & IV Water Distribution Operator’s Certificate examination given by the State Water Resources Control Board.

Course Description

This course 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 Water Resources Control Board.

What to Expect in this Course

Students taking this course have the option of meeting in person (CCC-704) or through video conferencing (using both Canvas and Zoom). It is not self-paced instruction and meetings are required. You should expect to spend about 8 hours per week working on this course in addition to the 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. If you have any difficulties completing assignments or meeting deadlines, please notify me immediately so we can try to resolve the situation. It is important to note that it may not be possible to make up assignments.

Distance learning classes are in some ways more challenging than traditional on ground courses. It is imperative that each student has a good internet connection and access to a functioning computer. It is also important that each student understands how to access and navigate through Canvas (the online portal to all course information) and Zoom (the recorded lecture streaming service). Please visit and become familiar with this site. It is also critical for each student to login to Canvas routinely and be able to access their email account. All course correspondence and information regarding assignments, exams, etc will be conducted through the email system. For information on forwarding the email to an existing personal email account, visit All quizzes and the Final Exam will have time limits and will be given online.  Generally, no make ups will be allowed, however extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration.

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 8 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.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

The textbook is Water 141 Distribution System Operator II and is available to download in Canvas.

Other Relevant Course Information

This course is offered using Canvas and Zoom. The following links provide information and assistance for Canvas and distance learning.

Please feel free to me with any questions:

Ryan Bye Email:

I will attempt to answer emails we receive within 24 hours. In the subject line of your email please put “Water 141” and be sure to include your full name in the email.

The water industry contains fascinating subject matter and is a rewarding career. I look forward to helping you achieve your educational and professional goals.

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)

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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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

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

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Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 03/17/2022 Sub#: 547