WETT1538 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations II

Course Description

This course is a continuation of Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations ¿ I. Students will gain an understanding and develop skills, knowledge, ability and attitude necessary to be successful with controlling processes that occur in Activated Sludge, Stabilization Pond and Septic systems. The student will identify problems that occur in each of these processes and develop skills necessary to troubleshoot and solve the problems. Mathematical computations in conjunction with process control are a major objective in this course. The laboratory component presented in this course will require a synthesis of prior theory and practice. The use of microscopic evaluation to identify organisms in wastewater treatment processes is explored in this course. Septic system design and construction will be evaluated as content in this course.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Assess treatment processes and control techniques for pond systems, septic systems and activated sludge systems.
  • Select lab tests and relate control parameters to lab analysis results associated with individual treatment processes and the overall treatment facility in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Interpret and explain the nitrogen cycle.
  • Calculate flows, chemical dosages, detention times and other mathematical computations associated with operation and control of treatment facilities.
  • Assess real-life treatment facility operations and problem solving strategies.
  • Demonstrate ability to cooperate and work with others, troubleshoot systems, problem solve and communicate, orally and in writing.
  • Identify and explain the significance of various aquatic organisms in the wastewater secondary biological processes.


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4 credits: 2 lectures / presentations, 2 lab, 0 other