Liquid Assets: Water Utility Science @ SCC
Opportunities are flowing, in Orange County and beyond, for driven professionals in the water and wastewater industry. For those bearing a hands-on career education from Santiago Canyon College, it's the perfect time to dive in.
Water professionals are in demand in virtually every city, county, and state. The expanding population and aging infrastructure place increased urgency on municipal water and wastewater concerns. Meanwhile, technological advancements in this field have opened doors to bold new prospects in the areas of analysis, treatment, and testing.
Water Utility Science students at SCC learn from industry-trained faculty, using the latest, workforce-relevant facilities and equipment. Coursework encompasses the history, technology, and practical application of treatment techniques, leading to 12 distinct degrees and certifications. SCC students also receive custom online test preparation, covering five career-focused state licensing exams.
Program grads go on to stable careers with local water districts and regional utilities, including the Irvine Ranch Water District, the City of Tustin, Mesa Consolidated Water District, and more.
The SCC's Water Utility Science Internship Academy provides access to paid and unpaid work-study opportunities with local utilities. Often, these full-credit “auditions" lead to full-time employment with the host company.
When you're ready to go with the flow, Santiago Canyon's Water Utility Science is your most fluid path to a rewarding career!
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Your Career Education degree or certificate opens doors to bigger paychecks, broader opportunities, and more!
- Meter Reader, Utilities - $51,410
- Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operator - $68,800
- Water/Wastewater Engineer - $102,110
- Soil and Water Conservationist - $73,700
- Hydrologist - $101,230
Santiago Canyon College’s Water Utility Science department offers three degrees and nine certificates in this Future BUILT field.
Associate in Science (A.S.): Water Distribution
Associate in Science (A.S.): Water Treatment
Associate in Science (A.S.): Wastewater/Environmental Sanitation
Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Water Distribution
Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Water Treatment
Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Wastewater/Environmental Sanitation
Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Water Distribution
Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Water Treatment
Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Wastewater Treatment
Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Water Conservation
Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Water Equipment Operation and Maintenance
Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Water Utility Management
Click Here to browse SCC’s online catalog.
Advanced Wastewater Treatment
Advanced Water Distribution
Water Conservation Practitioner
Backflow Prevention Devices
Electrical Wiring & Controls for Operators
Water Math & Hydraulics
Water Reclamation and Reuse
Water Math & Hydraulics
Pumps and Pumping
Water Utility Maintenance & Construction
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