Water Environment Technologies AAS (62 Credits)

Program Description

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).

Career Opportunities

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.

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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
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
General Education
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
Estimated cost for books and supplies: $1,590

PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice.