Academic Catalog

Environmental & Applied Technology

Wastewater Treatment Operations Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

Students who complete the required courses for this certificate and/or degree program will qualify to take the SWRCB certification examination for the Grade I Wastewater Plant Operator as well as nearly a dozen wastewater related certification examinations offered by CWEA. There are over 80 wastewater treatment and reclamation facilities in San Diego County that are currently licensed and regulated by the SWRCB.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe wastewater collection system components.
  • Identify the characteristics and sources of municipal sewage.
  • Define wastewater collection system and wastewater treatment plant terminology.
  • Describe the basic principles of conventional wastewater treatment.
  • Compare and contrast wastewater treatment unit processes including preliminary, primary, secondary and tertiary treatment.
  • Explain the basic principles of preliminary, primary, secondary and tertiary treatment.
  • Perform basic mathematical calculations and conversions relating to water flow, pressure, volume, velocity, chemical dosage, and hydraulic and organic loading.
  • Recognize and comment on safety procedures applicable to service and operation of wastewater collection and treatment systems, including potential problems.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

CWS-100Career Pathways in Water & Wastewater3
CWS-101Fundamentals of Water & Wastewater3
CWS-102Calculations in Water & Wastewater3
CWS-106Electrical & Instrumentation Processes3
CWS-107Safety in Water & Wastewater3
CWS-110Laboratory Analysis for Water & Wastewater3
CWS-114Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations3
CWS-134Pumps, Motors & Valves3
CWS-204Applied Hydraulics3
CWS-214Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations3
Select at least six units from the following:6-7
Water Resources Management
Water Treatment Plant Operations
Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse
Water Distribution Systems
Wastewater Collection Systems
Advanced Electrical & Instrumentation Processes
Practical Skills in Water & Wastewater Systems
Advanced Laboratory Analysis for Water & Wastewater
Advanced Water Treatment Plant Operations
Advanced Wastewater Collection Systems
Membrane Plant Operation
Public Works Supervision
Backflow Tester Training
Cross-Connection Control Specialist
Cross-Connection Control Specialist- Recycled Water
Cooperative Work Experience
Total Units36-37

Plus General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement

Students who complete only the major requirements above qualify for a Certificate in Wastewater Treatment Operations. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.