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Environmental Technology - Water Management

The Environmental Technology Water Management Certificate is designed to prepare students to enter the water management field or to upgrade working individuals with water management field technician skills. Students will gain the skills and knowledge that allow a person to work in the environmental field in compliance with 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 represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that 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. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st 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.

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 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

Utilizing basic biological concepts, an interdisciplinary approach is used to address environmental challenges. Topics addressed may include ecosystem characteristics and functions, population dynamics, energy and material resource use, pollution, and alternative energy sources. Students in many disciplines will benefit from this course as the social, political, and economic implications of environmental decisions are addressed. This course fulfills the general education requirement in life sciences.

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 030 or MATH 030D or MATH 033 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This laboratory course compliments the Environmental Biology lecture course and is designed for students interested in furthering their understanding of the environmental sciences. The scientific method will be 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.

Total Semester Units:8.0 
2nd Semester
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 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide individuals, who are working in or who seek 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 PPE, site control and evaluation, handling drums and containers, field sampling and air monitoring, proper use of instruments, confined spaces, emergency response including field exercises in the use of APR and SCBA. This course satisfies the requirements for 40 hour HAZWOPER TRAINING under OSHA (1910.120) and confined space entry training under OSHA (1910.146).

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.

Select one: ET 270 / ET 271 / ET 272 / ET 273 / ET 274 / ET 275 / ET 276 M3.0
ET 270 - Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations I (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 is the initial course in a series of wastewater treatment courses designed to train students in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. It is intended for students working or who seek employment in the wastewater treatment field. Topics include the role and responsibilities of a treatment plant operator, an explanation of why wastes must be treated, and detailed descriptions of the equipment and processes used in a wastewater treatment plant. Students learn to operate and maintain racks, screens, comminutors, sedimentation tanks, trickling filters, rotating biological contactors, package-activated sludge plants, oxidation ditches, ponds, and chlorination facilities. Students also learn how to analyze and solve operational problems and perform mathematical calculations related to wastewater treatment process control.

ET 271 - Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ET 270
Transfers to: CSU

This is the second course in a series of wastewater treatment courses designed to train students in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. It is intended for students working or who seek employment in the wastewater treatment field. Topics include conventional activated sludge processes, sludge digestion and solids handling, effluent disposal, plant safety and good housekeeping, plant and equipment maintenance, analysis and presentation of data, and records and report writing. Students also learn how to analyze and solve operational problems and to perform mathematical calculations related to wastewater treatment process control.

ET 272 - Advanced Wastewater Treatment (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ET 271
Transfers to: CSU

This is the third course in a series of wastewater treatment courses designed to train students in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. It is intended for students working or who seek employment in the wastewater treatment field. Topics include detailed descriptions of the equipment and advanced treatment processes used for odor control, pure oxygen-activated sludge treatment, solids removal from secondary effluents, residual solids management, enhanced biological control (including nitrogen and phosphorus removal), and wastewater reclamation. This course focuses on actual operating procedures: Students learn to operate and maintain treatment plant instrumentation equipment and systems. Additionally, students learn how to analyze and solve operational problems and perform mathematical calculations relating to wastewater treatment process control.

ET 273 - Stormwater Management, Treatment and Controls (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 020 or MATH 020C or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide individuals, who are working in or are seeking employment in the industrial stormwater management field, with the skills necessary to manage stormwater activities at industrial sites. Such management activities would include the ability to: write stormwater plans, implement structural and non-structural best management practices, evaluate and design stormwater treatment systems, conduct laboratory testing, understand how to collect stormwater samples, evaluate low impact development methods, and understand the regulatory and political framework of stormwater management. Emphasis will be placed on the following topics: Stormwater chemistry, water treatment, student designed industrial treatment systems, auditing for compliance, monitoring of the industrial effluent, interpretation of laboratory results, and how to apply the data to achieve real reductions in effluent contaminated by industrial pollutants.

ET 274 - Industrial Waste Water Treatment (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 020 or MATH 020C or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide individuals, who are working in or seeking employment in the water management field, with the practical aspects of operating and maintaining industrial waste water treatment plants. Emphasis is placed on the following topics: role of the industrial waste water treatment operator, types of industrial waste streams, industrial waste water regulations, sources of wastes and methods for preventing and minimizing wastes at the source, and industrial waste monitoring. The plant operations and maintenance topics that will be highlighted include the following: operating and maintaining flow measure equipment, preliminary treatment processes, physical-chemical treatment processes, pressure and gravity filters, physical treatment processes, treatment of metal waste streams, and safety procedures.

ET 275 - Water 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 provide students working or seeking employment in the water management field with the practical aspects of operating and maintaining water treatment plants. Topics include responsibilities of the water treatment plant operator, sources of water, reservoir management and intake structures, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation and filtration, disinfection and corrosion control, and taste and odor control. Day-to-day operating procedures are highlighted in this course, wth topics including regulation of flows, chemical use and handling, records and reports, plant maintenance, safety and security, emergency procedures, handling complaints, and energy conservation.

ET 276 - Water Distribution (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 provide students working or seeking employment in the water management field with the practical aspects of operating and maintaining water distribution systems. Topics include the role and duties of water distribution system operators, procedures for operating and maintaining clear wells and storage tanks, characteristics of distribution system facilities, operating and maintaining distribution systems, maintaining water quality, disinfecting water systems, and techniques for recognizing hazards and developing safe procedures and programs. Students also learn to analyze and solve problems associated with operating a distribution system.

Total Semester Units:8.0 
3rd Semester
Select one: ET 270 / ET 271 / ET 272 / ET 273 / ET 274 / ET 275 / ET 276 M3.0
ET 270 - Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations I (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 is the initial course in a series of wastewater treatment courses designed to train students in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. It is intended for students working or who seek employment in the wastewater treatment field. Topics include the role and responsibilities of a treatment plant operator, an explanation of why wastes must be treated, and detailed descriptions of the equipment and processes used in a wastewater treatment plant. Students learn to operate and maintain racks, screens, comminutors, sedimentation tanks, trickling filters, rotating biological contactors, package-activated sludge plants, oxidation ditches, ponds, and chlorination facilities. Students also learn how to analyze and solve operational problems and perform mathematical calculations related to wastewater treatment process control.

ET 271 - Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ET 270
Transfers to: CSU

This is the second course in a series of wastewater treatment courses designed to train students in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. It is intended for students working or who seek employment in the wastewater treatment field. Topics include conventional activated sludge processes, sludge digestion and solids handling, effluent disposal, plant safety and good housekeeping, plant and equipment maintenance, analysis and presentation of data, and records and report writing. Students also learn how to analyze and solve operational problems and to perform mathematical calculations related to wastewater treatment process control.

ET 272 - Advanced Wastewater Treatment (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ET 271
Transfers to: CSU

This is the third course in a series of wastewater treatment courses designed to train students in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. It is intended for students working or who seek employment in the wastewater treatment field. Topics include detailed descriptions of the equipment and advanced treatment processes used for odor control, pure oxygen-activated sludge treatment, solids removal from secondary effluents, residual solids management, enhanced biological control (including nitrogen and phosphorus removal), and wastewater reclamation. This course focuses on actual operating procedures: Students learn to operate and maintain treatment plant instrumentation equipment and systems. Additionally, students learn how to analyze and solve operational problems and perform mathematical calculations relating to wastewater treatment process control.

ET 273 - Stormwater Management, Treatment and Controls (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 020 or MATH 020C or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide individuals, who are working in or are seeking employment in the industrial stormwater management field, with the skills necessary to manage stormwater activities at industrial sites. Such management activities would include the ability to: write stormwater plans, implement structural and non-structural best management practices, evaluate and design stormwater treatment systems, conduct laboratory testing, understand how to collect stormwater samples, evaluate low impact development methods, and understand the regulatory and political framework of stormwater management. Emphasis will be placed on the following topics: Stormwater chemistry, water treatment, student designed industrial treatment systems, auditing for compliance, monitoring of the industrial effluent, interpretation of laboratory results, and how to apply the data to achieve real reductions in effluent contaminated by industrial pollutants.

ET 274 - Industrial Waste Water Treatment (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 020 or MATH 020C or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide individuals, who are working in or seeking employment in the water management field, with the practical aspects of operating and maintaining industrial waste water treatment plants. Emphasis is placed on the following topics: role of the industrial waste water treatment operator, types of industrial waste streams, industrial waste water regulations, sources of wastes and methods for preventing and minimizing wastes at the source, and industrial waste monitoring. The plant operations and maintenance topics that will be highlighted include the following: operating and maintaining flow measure equipment, preliminary treatment processes, physical-chemical treatment processes, pressure and gravity filters, physical treatment processes, treatment of metal waste streams, and safety procedures.

ET 275 - Water 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 provide students working or seeking employment in the water management field with the practical aspects of operating and maintaining water treatment plants. Topics include responsibilities of the water treatment plant operator, sources of water, reservoir management and intake structures, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation and filtration, disinfection and corrosion control, and taste and odor control. Day-to-day operating procedures are highlighted in this course, wth topics including regulation of flows, chemical use and handling, records and reports, plant maintenance, safety and security, emergency procedures, handling complaints, and energy conservation.

ET 276 - Water Distribution (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 provide students working or seeking employment in the water management field with the practical aspects of operating and maintaining water distribution systems. Topics include the role and duties of water distribution system operators, procedures for operating and maintaining clear wells and storage tanks, characteristics of distribution system facilities, operating and maintaining distribution systems, maintaining water quality, disinfecting water systems, and techniques for recognizing hazards and developing safe procedures and programs. Students also learn to analyze and solve problems associated with operating a distribution system.

Select one: ET 270 / ET 271 / ET 272 / ET 273 / ET 274 / ET 275 / ET 276 M3.0
ET 270 - Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations I (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 is the initial course in a series of wastewater treatment courses designed to train students in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. It is intended for students working or who seek employment in the wastewater treatment field. Topics include the role and responsibilities of a treatment plant operator, an explanation of why wastes must be treated, and detailed descriptions of the equipment and processes used in a wastewater treatment plant. Students learn to operate and maintain racks, screens, comminutors, sedimentation tanks, trickling filters, rotating biological contactors, package-activated sludge plants, oxidation ditches, ponds, and chlorination facilities. Students also learn how to analyze and solve operational problems and perform mathematical calculations related to wastewater treatment process control.

ET 271 - Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ET 270
Transfers to: CSU

This is the second course in a series of wastewater treatment courses designed to train students in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. It is intended for students working or who seek employment in the wastewater treatment field. Topics include conventional activated sludge processes, sludge digestion and solids handling, effluent disposal, plant safety and good housekeeping, plant and equipment maintenance, analysis and presentation of data, and records and report writing. Students also learn how to analyze and solve operational problems and to perform mathematical calculations related to wastewater treatment process control.

ET 272 - Advanced Wastewater Treatment (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ET 271
Transfers to: CSU

This is the third course in a series of wastewater treatment courses designed to train students in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. It is intended for students working or who seek employment in the wastewater treatment field. Topics include detailed descriptions of the equipment and advanced treatment processes used for odor control, pure oxygen-activated sludge treatment, solids removal from secondary effluents, residual solids management, enhanced biological control (including nitrogen and phosphorus removal), and wastewater reclamation. This course focuses on actual operating procedures: Students learn to operate and maintain treatment plant instrumentation equipment and systems. Additionally, students learn how to analyze and solve operational problems and perform mathematical calculations relating to wastewater treatment process control.

ET 273 - Stormwater Management, Treatment and Controls (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 020 or MATH 020C or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide individuals, who are working in or are seeking employment in the industrial stormwater management field, with the skills necessary to manage stormwater activities at industrial sites. Such management activities would include the ability to: write stormwater plans, implement structural and non-structural best management practices, evaluate and design stormwater treatment systems, conduct laboratory testing, understand how to collect stormwater samples, evaluate low impact development methods, and understand the regulatory and political framework of stormwater management. Emphasis will be placed on the following topics: Stormwater chemistry, water treatment, student designed industrial treatment systems, auditing for compliance, monitoring of the industrial effluent, interpretation of laboratory results, and how to apply the data to achieve real reductions in effluent contaminated by industrial pollutants.

ET 274 - Industrial Waste Water Treatment (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 020 or MATH 020C or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide individuals, who are working in or seeking employment in the water management field, with the practical aspects of operating and maintaining industrial waste water treatment plants. Emphasis is placed on the following topics: role of the industrial waste water treatment operator, types of industrial waste streams, industrial waste water regulations, sources of wastes and methods for preventing and minimizing wastes at the source, and industrial waste monitoring. The plant operations and maintenance topics that will be highlighted include the following: operating and maintaining flow measure equipment, preliminary treatment processes, physical-chemical treatment processes, pressure and gravity filters, physical treatment processes, treatment of metal waste streams, and safety procedures.

ET 275 - Water 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 provide students working or seeking employment in the water management field with the practical aspects of operating and maintaining water treatment plants. Topics include responsibilities of the water treatment plant operator, sources of water, reservoir management and intake structures, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation and filtration, disinfection and corrosion control, and taste and odor control. Day-to-day operating procedures are highlighted in this course, wth topics including regulation of flows, chemical use and handling, records and reports, plant maintenance, safety and security, emergency procedures, handling complaints, and energy conservation.

ET 276 - Water Distribution (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 provide students working or seeking employment in the water management field with the practical aspects of operating and maintaining water distribution systems. Topics include the role and duties of water distribution system operators, procedures for operating and maintaining clear wells and storage tanks, characteristics of distribution system facilities, operating and maintaining distribution systems, maintaining water quality, disinfecting water systems, and techniques for recognizing hazards and developing safe procedures and programs. Students also learn to analyze and solve problems associated with operating a distribution system.

Select one: ET 270 / ET 271 / ET 272 / ET 273 / ET 274 / ET 275 / ET 276 M3.0
ET 270 - Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations I (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 is the initial course in a series of wastewater treatment courses designed to train students in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. It is intended for students working or who seek employment in the wastewater treatment field. Topics include the role and responsibilities of a treatment plant operator, an explanation of why wastes must be treated, and detailed descriptions of the equipment and processes used in a wastewater treatment plant. Students learn to operate and maintain racks, screens, comminutors, sedimentation tanks, trickling filters, rotating biological contactors, package-activated sludge plants, oxidation ditches, ponds, and chlorination facilities. Students also learn how to analyze and solve operational problems and perform mathematical calculations related to wastewater treatment process control.

ET 271 - Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ET 270
Transfers to: CSU

This is the second course in a series of wastewater treatment courses designed to train students in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. It is intended for students working or who seek employment in the wastewater treatment field. Topics include conventional activated sludge processes, sludge digestion and solids handling, effluent disposal, plant safety and good housekeeping, plant and equipment maintenance, analysis and presentation of data, and records and report writing. Students also learn how to analyze and solve operational problems and to perform mathematical calculations related to wastewater treatment process control.

ET 272 - Advanced Wastewater Treatment (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ET 271
Transfers to: CSU

This is the third course in a series of wastewater treatment courses designed to train students in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. It is intended for students working or who seek employment in the wastewater treatment field. Topics include detailed descriptions of the equipment and advanced treatment processes used for odor control, pure oxygen-activated sludge treatment, solids removal from secondary effluents, residual solids management, enhanced biological control (including nitrogen and phosphorus removal), and wastewater reclamation. This course focuses on actual operating procedures: Students learn to operate and maintain treatment plant instrumentation equipment and systems. Additionally, students learn how to analyze and solve operational problems and perform mathematical calculations relating to wastewater treatment process control.

ET 273 - Stormwater Management, Treatment and Controls (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 020 or MATH 020C or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide individuals, who are working in or are seeking employment in the industrial stormwater management field, with the skills necessary to manage stormwater activities at industrial sites. Such management activities would include the ability to: write stormwater plans, implement structural and non-structural best management practices, evaluate and design stormwater treatment systems, conduct laboratory testing, understand how to collect stormwater samples, evaluate low impact development methods, and understand the regulatory and political framework of stormwater management. Emphasis will be placed on the following topics: Stormwater chemistry, water treatment, student designed industrial treatment systems, auditing for compliance, monitoring of the industrial effluent, interpretation of laboratory results, and how to apply the data to achieve real reductions in effluent contaminated by industrial pollutants.

ET 274 - Industrial Waste Water Treatment (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 020 or MATH 020C or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide individuals, who are working in or seeking employment in the water management field, with the practical aspects of operating and maintaining industrial waste water treatment plants. Emphasis is placed on the following topics: role of the industrial waste water treatment operator, types of industrial waste streams, industrial waste water regulations, sources of wastes and methods for preventing and minimizing wastes at the source, and industrial waste monitoring. The plant operations and maintenance topics that will be highlighted include the following: operating and maintaining flow measure equipment, preliminary treatment processes, physical-chemical treatment processes, pressure and gravity filters, physical treatment processes, treatment of metal waste streams, and safety procedures.

ET 275 - Water 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 provide students working or seeking employment in the water management field with the practical aspects of operating and maintaining water treatment plants. Topics include responsibilities of the water treatment plant operator, sources of water, reservoir management and intake structures, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation and filtration, disinfection and corrosion control, and taste and odor control. Day-to-day operating procedures are highlighted in this course, wth topics including regulation of flows, chemical use and handling, records and reports, plant maintenance, safety and security, emergency procedures, handling complaints, and energy conservation.

ET 276 - Water Distribution (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 provide students working or seeking employment in the water management field with the practical aspects of operating and maintaining water distribution systems. Topics include the role and duties of water distribution system operators, procedures for operating and maintaining clear wells and storage tanks, characteristics of distribution system facilities, operating and maintaining distribution systems, maintaining water quality, disinfecting water systems, and techniques for recognizing hazards and developing safe procedures and programs. Students also learn to analyze and solve problems associated with operating a distribution system.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
Total Units for Environmental Technology - Water Management COA program 25.0 
Notes:
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

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


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