Water Quality Management

The Water Quality Management program prepares students for entry-level employment as technicians in the water processing industry. Water quality technicians work in teams to operate complex equipment to acquire and deliver high-quality drinking water or process wastewater for return to the environment.

Program highlights

  • Provides students with an understanding of the science involved in meeting regulatory expectations
  • Instruction on the equipment actually used to process water
  • Curriculum emphasizes the necessary systems management skills
  • Internships available through Clifton Wastewater and the cities of Grand Junction and Fruita
  • Provide students necessary information to pass state examination for Class D license

The Associate of Applied Science Water Quality Management degree will provide students with an understanding of the regulatory expectations, the science involved in meeting regulatory expectations, the equipment used to process water, and the systems management skills necessary to be a successful employee in the water processing industry. The industries interested in hiring graduates of this program are the public drinking water utilities and the wastewater treatment systems.

Academic Requirements

The Advanced Wastewater Treatment program prepares students for entry-level employment as technicians in the water processing industry. Water quality technicians work in teams to operate drinking water treatment systems and wastewater treatment systems. The program provides an understanding of the regulatory expectations, the science involved in meeting regulatory expectations, the equipment used to process water and the systems management skills necessary to be a successful employee in the water processing industry. The program consists of three Technical Certifications and an Associates of Applied Science degree. The Advance Wastewater Treatment technical certificate focuses on wastewater collection and treatment for bacterial, and harmful pollutants.

Academic Requirements

The Advanced Water Treatment program prepares students for entry-level employment as technicians in the water processing industry. Water quality technicians work in teams to operate drinking water treatment systems and wastewater treatment systems. The program provides an understanding of the regulatory expectations, the science involved in meeting regulatory expectations, the equipment used to process water and the systems management skills necessary to be a successful employee in the water processing industry.

Academic Requirements

The Introduction to Wastewater Treatment program prepares students for entry-level employment as technicians in the water processing industry. Water quality technicians work in teams to operate drinking water treatment systems and wastewater treatment systems. The program provides an understanding of the regulatory expectations, the science involved in meeting regulatory expectations, the equipment used to process water and the systems management skills necessary to be a successful employee in the water processing industry.

Academic Requirements

The Mathematics in Water Quality program prepares students for entry-level employment as technicians in the water processing industry. Water quality technicians work in teams to operate drinking water treatment systems and wastewater treatment systems. The program provides an understanding of the regulatory expectations, the science involved in meeting regulatory expectations, the equipment used to process water and the systems management skills necessary to be a successful employee in the water processing industry.

Academic Requirements

The Small Systems in Water Quality Management program prepares students for entry-level employment as technicians in the water processing industry. Water quality technicians work in teams to operate drinking water treatment systems and wastewater treatment systems. The program provides an understanding of the regulatory expectations, the science involved in meeting regulatory expectations, the equipment used to process water and the systems management skills necessary to be a successful employee in the water processing industry.

Academic Requirements

The Wastewater Collection & Treatment program prepares students for entry-level employment as technicians in the water processing industry. Water quality technicians work in teams to operate drinking water treatment systems and wastewater treatment systems. The program provides an understanding of the regulatory expectations, the science involved in meeting regulatory expectations, the equipment used to process water and the systems management skills necessary to be a successful employee in the water processing industry.

Academic Requirements

The Water Distribution Collection Systems program prepares students for entry-level employment as technicians in the water processing industry. Water quality technicians work in teams to operate drinking water treatment systems and wastewater treatment systems. The program provides an understanding of the regulatory expectations, the science involved in meeting regulatory expectations, the equipment used to process water and the systems management skills necessary to be a successful employee in the water processing industry.

Academic Requirements

The Water Distribution and Treatment program prepares students for entry-level employment as technicians in the water processing industry. Water quality technicians work in teams to operate drinking water treatment systems and wastewater treatment systems. The program provides an understanding of the regulatory expectations, the science involved in meeting regulatory expectations, the equipment used to process water and the systems management skills necessary to be a successful employee in the water processing industry.

Academic Requirements

Career Options

  • Water treatment plant technician
  • Wastewater treatment plant technician
  • Water resource specialist
  • Collection technician
  • Distribution technician

Career Pathways

Career pathway programs prepare students for employment in industries while also providing a stepping stone to an associate degree, bachelor’s degree and beyond. Learn more about career pathways.

Career Pathways Certificate Length of Program
Advanced Water Treatment 2 semesters (16 credits)
Distribution and Collections Systems 1 semester (6 credits)
Intro to Wastewater Treatment 1 semester (6 credits)
Mathematics in Water Quality 1 semester (8 credits)
Small Systems 2 semesters (16 credits)
Wastewater Collection and Treatment 2 semesters (16 credits)
Wastewater Distribution and Treatment 2 semesters (16 credits)

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Kerry Young

Lecturer of Water Quality Management