Program Description

Water Environment Technologies
Water Environment Technologies Diploma (50 Credits)


Program Description
Water Environment Technologies (WETT) is an environmental program geared toward protecting the world's most precious resource: WATER. This program is designed to prepare students for a diverse employment market. Courses cover a variety of chemical, biological, physical and mechanical water and wastewater treatment processes and techniques being applied today. Instruction for this program is provided in well-equipped classrooms and laboratory facilities that are continuously upgraded. Classroom sites are located in St. Cloud at the main campus and also at a unique satellite location in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Students have the choice of a metropolitan or out-state location for training to accommodate their lifestyles and employment needs. The Eden Prairie location utilizes both an active water and wastewater treatment plant as the classroom.

As guardians of our public water supplies, students learn the complex processes of obtaining water from its source, to treatment, to distribution, to collection, to 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 in order to ensure safe drinking water for the public and preserve the environment through wastewater treatment.

Students of this program are offered an AAS Degree or Diploma to meet their career objectives. Upon completion of either degree, successful students will be eligible to take the examinations for the State of Minnesota Water and Wastewater certifications. When students successfully pass the state exams, they will receive Class D Water and Wastewater certificates, which are required to operate water and wastewater treatment facilities for both public and private entities.

Students may qualify for individual scholarships and extended internship opportunities while enrolled in the program.
The Water Environment Technologies program is accredited by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of the Water Environment Technologies Program are prepared to accept position 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.

Water Environment Technologies graduates will have the diverse opportunity to work locally or apply their skills in a global market for either public or private employers. The demand for trained operators is consistently growing in areas of municipal and privately owned facilities. The global concerns for a safe constant supply of drinking water makes this program very attractive to students looking for a meaningful, secure career with an endless variety of opportunities today and in the future.

Upon successful completion of the Water Environment Technologies program, 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.

Gainful Employment Data


Suggested Technical Studies Semester I
WETT1502 Basic Laboratory Skills 1 Credit  
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

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 or Written 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal Areas 2 through 10 3 Credits


Estimated cost for books and supplies: $1,554


PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.

 

Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303