View courses, degrees, and/or certificates for this program in the catalog.

This department is in the division of Applied Technology, Transportation & Culinary Arts.

The program provides technical classes in water distribution, water treatment, wastewater collection, and wastewater treatment. The courses prepare students to upgrade their skills and/or prepare them for licensing examinations and certifications from the California Department of Public Health, the California State Water Resource Control Board, the American Water Works Association, and the California Water Environment Association.

The certificate program is designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs in water treatment, water distribution, and wastewater reclamation industries. The associate of science degree graduates often work in city, county, or state agencies in positions such as plant operator, engineering technician, surface water manager, environmental laboratory coordinator, and industrial pre-treatment coordinator.

Beginning Spring 2021, the program is offering the WST 037 Environmental Laws and Regulations survey course which provides an overview of the policy-making process that comprises the dynamic framework of environmental protection and pollution prevention. Another new course offering scheduled Spring 2021 will be WST 086 Electrical Instrumentation for Water and Wastewater Operations. This introductory course covers the basic electrical instrumentation used to safely collect and reliably, store, treat, and deliver water and wastewater.