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WATER UTILITY SCIENCE

Division of Business and Career Technical Education

Division of Business and Career Technical Education
​Dean:
Von Lawson​
Facilitator:Stephen McLean
Location:U-83
Phone:
(714) 628-4883

The Associate of Science degree and Certificate of Achievement in Water Utility Science cover basic concepts in the operation of water treatment plants, controlling and monitoring water deliveries, water quality control methods, water and wastewater pumping equipment electrical systems repair, in addition to pump repair and maintenance procedures. The program is designed to train new personnel and to enable those already working in the field to upgrade their skills. Typically, the new employee starts as an entry level worker, then advances to other higher levels including lead operator, Operations and Maintenance Supervision, Superintendent and/or Manager.

The Certificate of Proficiency in Water Distribution program prepares students for careers in the public health field of drinking water distribution. Subjects addressed include water quality and public health regulations, water distribution system components and operation, drinking water disinfection practices, and related water mathematics and hydraulic principles.

The Certificate of Proficiency in Water Treatment is designed to prepare students for careers in the public health field of drinking water treatment. Subjects addressed include water quality and public health regulations, conventional water treatment processes, advanced water treatment processes, drinking water disinfection practices, and related water mathematics and hydraulic principles.

Sanitation program is designed to prepare students for careers in the environmental protection field of waste water treatment. Subjects addressed include water quality and public health regulations, conventional wastewater treatment process operation, advanced treatment processes, and wastewater recycling and disposal.

This program prepares students for careers in Water Conservation, and certification by the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association as a Water Use Efficiency Practitioner. Required courses explore drinking water distribution systems; regional water supply issues; current water consumption for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers; common conservation practices; and effective customer education and communication.


Students will be introduced to the operation and maintenance of mechanical and electrical equipment associated with the Water and Wastewater industries. Courses in this program will assist students in obtaining related industry certifications from the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation.

The Certificate of Proficiency in Water Utility Management program provides current and potential employees with the supervisory and management skills needed to become the future leaders in water and wastewater organizations. Courses explore general principles of project management, supervision, and business communications, as well as specific management issues related to the Water and Wastewater industries.