WETT1534 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations I

Course Description

This course will assist students in understanding lift stations, preliminary, primary and secondary operations and process control at a wastewater treatment facility. Students will understand the importance of various treatment process steps, the order of operation and the purpose of each. The handlings of solid wastes from a wastewater treatment facility are introduced in this course. The concept of rotating biological contactors and trickling filter operations and maintenance will be presented as the secondary processes. Process control of the various stages of treatment is a major focus of this course. Students will be presented with the opportunity to demonstrate control strategies, safety practices, ability to solve mechanical, flow and pollution problems. The lab component in this class will address specific analytical methods directly associated with the treatment processes involved.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, distinguish and differentiate between treatment processes and control techniques for lift stations, preliminary treatment, primary treatment and secondary treatment within a wastewater treatment facility.
  • Relate control parameters with lab analysis associated with individual treatment processes.
  • Identify potential hazards in a wastewater treatment facility and lab settings.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to identify and correct unsafe and/or harmful conditions.
  • Inspect and classify lift stations and describe their function in a wastewater collection system.
  • Compute mathematical functions relative to the operation of wastewater treatment processes.
  • Examine and assist with real-life treatment facility operations and problem solving.
  • Demonstrate ability to work with others, problem solve and communicate, orally and in writing.
  • Cooperate with other learners and instructional staff through group projects and in lab settings.


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3 credits: 2 lectures / presentations, 1 lab, 0 other