Water Environment Technologies (WETT) is an environmental program geared toward protecting the world's most precious resource: WATER. Courses cover a variety of chemical, biological, physical and mechanical water and wastewater treatment processes and techniques being applied today. The students learn the complex processes of obtaining water from its source, through treatment, distribution, collection, and treatment again on its journey back to the source. Through this process, students learn to identify, troubleshoot, and solve problems involved with the treatment of water.
After reviewing comparable Minnesota State college programs, this program exceeds 60 credits for one or more of the following reasons: national or international program certification, national or international standards including skill standards, standards recommended by a primary employer or multiple employers, national specialized program accreditation, state licensure requirements, and/or national practices or standards.
Accreditation Information: The Water Environment Technologies program is accredited by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4194, (651) 296-6300. Students who successfully pass the state exams receive Class D Water and Wastewater certificates, which are required to operate water and wastewater treatment facilities for both public and private entities.
The general education courses may transfer and are part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).
Graduates of the Water Environment Technologies Program are prepared to accept positions as entry-level water and/or wastewater operators at various water purification facilities. A career in water treatment offers dynamic, rapid growing employment opportunities with competitive salaries and benefit packages. Students may also choose to become lab technicians, facility mechanics, equipment sales persons, solids handlers, meter readers, utility service operators, or pursue other various related positions in the water treatment field.
|Suggested Technical Studies Semester I|
|WETT1502||Basic Laboratory Skills||1 Credits|
|WETT1506||Introduction to Water/Wastewater Technology||3 Credits|
|WETT1510||Water / Wastewater Treatment Calculations||2 Credits|
|WETT1514||Source Water Treatment and Development||4 Credits|
|WETT1518||Water Plant Operation I||3 Credits|
|WETT1526||Water Distribution Systems||3 Credits|
|WETT1530||Understanding OSHA Safety Regulations in the Water Industry||3 Credits|
|Suggested Technical Studies Semester II|
|WETT1522||Water Plant Operation II||3 Credits|
|WETT1534||Wastewater Plant Operation I||3 Credits|
|WETT1538||Wastewater Plant Operations II||4 Credits|
|WETT1542||Wastewater Laboratory Procedures||3 Credits|
|WETT1554||Automated Control Systems||3 Credits|
|WETT1558||Understanding the EPA Part 503 Biosolids Rule||3 Credits|
|Technical Electives||3 Credits|
|Suggested Technical Studies Semester III *May term*|
|WETT1546||Collection and Disinfection Systems Operation||3 Credits|
|WETT1550||Strategic Planning for Success||3 Credits|
|MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications-Oral||3 Credits|
|MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications-Written||3 Credits|
|MNTC Goal Areas 2 - 10||9 Credits|
|Courses must be from at least 3 different MNTC Goal Areas|