Certificate in Water Technology

This program is designed to prepare students who wish to seek employment in the public drinking water supply industry or qualify for a more responsible position within the industry. These courses will be helpful to students who wish to prepare for the T1, T2, T3, T4, and T5 Water Treatment Operator and D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5 Water Distribution Operator certification examinations given by the California Department of Public Health. Coursework also provides contact hours for Operator Certification maintenance requirements.

Employment opportunities include:

  • pumping station operator,
  • water line worker,
  • water maintenance mechanic helper,
  • water motor installer,
  • water service dispatcher,
  • treatment plant operator.
Required courses:
WATR 150Introduction to Water Systems3
WATR 151Water Resources and Distribution I3
WATR 153Water Resources and Distribution II3
WATR 156Water Treatment I3
WATR 157Water Treatment II3
Select one (1) of the following courses:
Environmental Science3
Concrete Structures and Inspection3
Public Administration3
California Occupational Safety and Health3
Environmental Management3
Water Use Efficiency I3
Water Use Efficiency II3
Total Units18

Certificate of Achievement Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Water Technology Certificate of Achievement will:

  1. Describe and explain regulatory issues that relate to the public drinking water supply.
  2. Diagram and explain the fundamentals of the water distribution system including SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), maintenance, pumps, hydraulics, and valves.
  3. Given a scenario involving water contamination; identify the contaminants, recommend the best treatment, administer the treatment and then verify the contaminants are below allowable safety thresholds.
  4. Demonstrate the safe handling of chemicals used in the water industry and describe the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations related to public drinking water.