Water Supply Technology

The jobs in water and wastewater industry will always be located near your home. No outsourcing!

The Water Supply Technology program is designed to serve those individuals employed or interested in employment in the water and/or wastewater field and those who desire to upgrade their skills and/or receive certification from the California Water Environment Association, the American Water Works Association, or the State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB).

The program provides professional classes combined with hands-on experience. Coursework emphasizes the fundamental aspects of drinking water distribution, drinking water treatment, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, water conservation, water quality analysis and related mathematics. Morning and evening classes are available. The Water Supply Technology Program also offers courses in a hybrid setting (50% traditional classroom and 50% distance learning) for those who find it difficult to come to the college campus on a regular basis.

The certificate programs are designed for entry-level job placement in the water treatment and water reclamation industries. The associate of science degree provides coursework and internship experience designed to provide an overview of a wide range of environmental career opportunities. Water quality analysis is a fundamental tool in the management of our water and wastewater resources. The WST075 Water and Wastewater Analysis course prepares individuals to analyze and interpret test data relating to water and wastewater facilities. Advanced level industry certification requires further studies in public work supervision and water utility management. Per the State Water Resources Control Board, certified operators may be granted up to sixteen educational points by completing management courses. For those interested in someday managing water and/or wastewater facilities; the Water Supply Technology Program offers the WST036 Water Utility Management course.      

Water Supply Technology program graduates often pursue jobs with city, county, state or federal agencies, or food and beverage industry in positions such as wastewater treatment plant operators, drinking water treatment plant operator, environmental laboratory technician, ultra-pure water technician, industrial pretreatment coordinator, engineering technician, surface water management, or state and federal regulations.


Certification Exam Prep and Study Sessions 2018 to 2019

  • Water Distribution Certification Exam: September 15, 2018; Application Deadline: July 2, 2018.
  • Water Distribution Certification Exam: March 16, 2019; Application Deadline: January 2, 2019.  
  • Water Treatment Certification Exam: November 3, 2018; Application Deadline: September  1, 2018.
  •  Wastewater Treatment Exam: October 13, 2018; Application Deadline:  August 14, 2018.
Also see the examination schedule for more information, including future examination dates.  

Exam applications are available on the government website

California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Certification Exam Prep Sessions

Prepare for the CWEA Certification Examinations series by enrolling in the upcoming study sessions to be held on October 19, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m at the Business Building where the classrooms will be located, as well. Trained moderators will be on campus to demonstrate how to use the many resources and tools necessary to get you on the path to certification in the following career fields:  

  • Collection Systems
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Mechanical Technologist

Register today!

For more general information visit: iewatercouncil.orgbcwaterjobs.comWestern Municipal Water District/Job Opportunities Website 

Free Non-Credit Courses

Test Review Non-Credit Courses Offered: Information flyer.


Late Start Classes   

The Water Supply Technology Program still has an open class section (evenings) available beginning Saturday, October 13, 2018:

WST 053 Wastewater Technology Math  


Distance Learning Classes (Hybrid)

There are also two open 8-week class sections hybrid (50% traditional classroom and 50% distance learning):

WST 071 Water Treatment I             (October 17, 2018 to December 12, 2018)

WST 091 Wastewater Treatment I   (October 18, 2018 to December 13, 2018)