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 State Water Resources Control Board. 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.

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.
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
Public Administration3
California Occupational Safety and Health3
Environmental Management3
Water Use Efficiency I3
Water Use Efficiency II3
Total Units18

1-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
WATR 150 Introduction to Water Systems 3
WATR 151 Water Resources and Distribution I 3
WATR 156 Water Treatment I 3
Spring Term 1
WATR 153 Water Resources and Distribution II 3
WATR 157 Water Treatment II 3
BIOL 145
Environmental Science
or Public Administration
or California Occupational Safety and Health
or Environmental Management
or Water Use Efficiency I
or Water Use Efficiency II
 Total Units18

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.