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Environmental Technology - Waste Management

The Environmental Technology Waste Management Certificate is designed to prepare students to enter the waste management field or upgrade working individuals with waste management field technician skills. Students will gain the skills and knowledge that allow a person to work in the environmental field in compliance with the governmental regulations and at the same time protect human health and the environment.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
ET 110 - Hazardous Waste Generation/Reduction/TreatmentM3.0
ET 110 - Hazardous Waste Generation/Reduction/Treatment (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to educate students working in or seeking employment in the hazardous waste management field, with an overview of industrial processes and their generation of waste streams. Selected industries include electroplating, metal finishing, printed circuit board production, oil refining, chemical production, steel production, general manufacturing, printing and graphic reproduction, agriculture, and consumer services.

BIOL 120 - Environmental BiologyM3.0
BIOL 120 - Environmental Biology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

In this course, students utilize basic biological concepts and an interdisciplinary approach to determine how to address environmental challenges. Topics may include ecosystem characteristics and functions, population dynamics, energy and material resource use, pollution, and alternative energy sources. Because the course takes up the social, political, and economic implications of environmental decisions, it is intended for students from many disciplines, including non-STEM disciplines. This course fulfills the general education requirement for life sciences majors.

BIOL 120L - Environmental Biology LaboratoryM1.0
BIOL 120L - Environmental Biology Laboratory (1.0 units)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: BIOL 120
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This laboratory course complements the Environmental Biology lecture course and is designed for students interested in furthering their understanding of the environmental sciences. The scientific method is employed to investigate ecosystems and their functions, natural selection, population interactions, environmental toxicology, radiation exposure effects, soil and groundwater systems, water pollution, alternative energy systems, and environmental resistance. This is a required course for Environmental Science majors.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
2nd Semester
ET 150 - Hazardous Waste Management ApplicationsM4.0
ET 150 - Hazardous Waste Management Applications (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide students working in or seeking employment in the environmental field with an overview of hazardous waste management and regulations. The course explains the hazardous waste regulatory framework and helps students develop research skills in the hazardous waste area. Emphasis is placed on the following topics: universal waste, generator compliance, site investigation and remediation, permitting, enforcement, liability, and storm water discharge. The course also provides opportunities for the hands-on application of regulations. These applications include preparing a hazardous waste manifest, labeling and storing containers, sampling and analysis, and preparing a Phase I environmental site assessment (ESA).

Select one: ET 200 / ET 240 M4.0
ET 200 - Hazardous Materials Management Applications (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide students working or seeking employment in the hazardous materials management field with a general overview of the requirements and applications of federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to hazardous materials. The course will emphasize compliance with Department of Transportation (DOT), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication, Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III Community Right-to-Know, underground tank, asbestos, Proposition 65, and air toxics regulations.

ET 240 - Solid Waste Management Applications (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide students working or seeking employment in the solid waste management field with an overview of the solid waste industry and its components. Emphasis is placed on the various aspects of integrated waste management including: waste prevention, recycling, composting, incineration, landfilling, environmental sampling and monitoring, facility siting and permitting, and compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations.

ET 230 - Safety and Emergency ResponseM4.0
ET 230 - Safety and Emergency Response (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide students working or seeking employment in the environmental technology field with hands-on instruction in safety and emergency response to chemical and physical exposures at hazardous waste sites. Topics include hazard identification, emergency response planning, proper use and selection of personal protective equipment (PPE), site control and evaluation, handling drums and containers, field sampling and air monitoring, proper use of instruments, confined spaces, and emergency response including field exercises in the use of air-purifying respirators (APR) and self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA). This course satisfies the requirements for 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standard 1910.120 and confined space entry training under OSHA Standard 1910.146.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
3rd Semester
ET 260 - Environmental Sampling and AnalysisM4.0
ET 260 - Environmental Sampling and Analysis (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an overview of the techniques of sampling protocols for obtaining soil, air, surface water, and groundwater samples based on sampling protocols approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the lecture, emphasis is placed on aspects of the procurement of samples through the EPA-approved standard operating procedures and practices. In the laboratory, students gain practical knowledge and skills for the appropriate collection and handling of environmental samples.

ET 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Environmental Technology Related FieldsM1.0
ET 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Environmental Technology Related Fields (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course supports and reinforces on-the-job training in business and industrial establishments under the supervision of a college instructor, and is facilitated by the use of learning objectives. Students work in a skilled or professional-level assignment in their area of vocational interest, and will meet performance objectives related to instruction above and beyond the conditions of regular employment. This course is intended for students whose job is related to the field of environmental technology, and who have completed or enrolled in the appropriate coursework. Contact the CWE office regarding re-enrollment procedures.

Student Unpaid Internship:
1 Unit/60 hours; 2 Units/120 hours;
3 Units/180 hours;4 Units/240 hours
Student Paid Internship
1 Unit/75 hours; 2 Units/150 hours;
3 Units/225 hours; 4 Units/300 hours.

Total Semester Units:5.0 
Total Units for Environmental Technology - Waste Management COA program 24.0 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
Advising Sheet:
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Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will identify the types of environmental, health, and safety hazards that may be encountered in the environmental field.


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