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Water Supply Technology

The Water Supply Technology Program is designed to serve students who are employed or interested in employment in water/wastewater occupations.

Overview

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.


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. The WST 629 Introduction to Water Supply Technology is an eight-hour non-credit course designed to introduce students to entry-level training in the water industry and the academic planning necessary to successfully navigate the career paths the educational program offers. Regulations, state licensing, and the industry certification process are also discussed as part of the course. Water quality analysis is a fundamental tool in the management of our water and wastewater resources. The WST 075 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 WST 036 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 2019 to 2020

  • Water Distribution Certification Exam: September 14, 2019; Application Deadline: July 1, 2019.
  • Water Distribution Certification Exam: March 21, 2020; Application Deadline: January 2, 2020.  
  • Water Treatment Certification Exam: November 2, 2019; Application Deadline: August 30, 2019.
  • Water Treatment Certification Exam: May 16, 2020; Application Deadline: March 2, 2020.    
  • Wastewater Treatment Certification Exam: October 12, 2019;  Application Deadline: August 13, 2019. 
  • Wastewater Treatment Certification Exam: April 18, 2020; Application Deadline: February 18, 2020.

Also see the examination schedule for more information, including future examination dates.

Exam applications are available on the government website

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.

Open Class Sections

If you are looking for additional courses to complete your educational plan or attain water industry certification; the following evening classes are still open. Please note, some classes are also offered off-campus at the Rialto Resource Center (RRC).

WST 046 Cross Connection Controls (RRC)

WST 053 Wastewater Technology Math (RRC)

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             (10/16/19 to 12/04/19)

WST 091 Wastewater Treatment I     (10/17/19 to 12/05/19)                    

Degrees/Certificates

Water Supply Technology Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students with the necessary knowledge and skills to obtain entry-level employment in the water supply technology field. [Note: the Water Supply Technology Certificate is not equivalent to the State License in Water Distribution, Water Treatment or Wastewater Treatment]. Work Experience course, WST 098, is highly recommended for students not currently employed in the field.

REQUIRED COURSES: Units
CIT 031 Business English 3
  or
ENGL 015 Preparation for College Writing 4
  or
Eligibility for ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H as determined by the SBVC assessment process
  and
WST 052 Water Technology Math 3
  or
WST 053 Wastewater Technology Math 3
  or
Eligibility for MATH 090 as determined by the SBVC assessment process
  and
WST 075 Water/Wastewater Chemistry and Analysis 4
 
18 units from the following Water Supply Technology Courses: Units
WST 031 Water Use Efficiency Practitioner I 3
WST 045 Backflow Prevention Devices 3
WST 048 Cross-Connection Control 3
WST 061 Water Distribution I 3
WST 062 Water Distribution II 3
WST 063 Water Distribution III 3
WST 071 Water Treatment I 3
WST 072 Water Treatment II 3
WST 073 Water Treatment III 3
WST 081 Wastewater Collection I 3
WST 082 Wastewater Collection II 3
WST 091 Wastewater Treatment I 3
WST 092 Wastewater Treatment II 3
WST 093 Wastewater Treatment III 3
 
RECOMMENDED COURSES: Units
CIT 101 Introduction to Computer Literacy 3
WST 098 Water Supply Technology Work Experience 1 - 4
 
Total Units 22 - 29
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Students will have knowledge of fundamental aspects of drinking water distribution, drinking water treatment, wastewater collection, and wastewater treatments
  2. Student will be able to perform tasks in connection with operation, control and maintenance of water treatment, water distribution and wastewater collection system
  3. Students will be able to prepare reports for submission to government agencies under supervision

Water Technology A.S. Degree Major

The Water Supply Technology Program is designed to serve students who are employed or interested in employment in water/wastewater occupations. 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 certification examinations from 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. 
To graduate with a specialization in Water Technology, students must complete the following required courses in addition to the general breadth requirements for Associate of Science degree (total = 60 units).  
 
Required Courses Units
WST 075 Water/Wastewater Chemistry and Analysis 4
 
18 units from the following Water Supply Technology courses Units
WST 031 Water Use Efficiency Practitioner I 3
WST 045 Backflow Prevention Devices 3
WST 048 Cross-Connection Control 3
WST 061 Water Distribution I 3
WST 062 Water Distribution II 3
WST 063 Water Distribution III 3
WST 071 Water Treatment I 3
WST 072 Water Treatment II 3
WST 073 Water Treatment III 3
WST 081 Wastewater Collection I 3
WST 082 Wastewater Collection II 3
WST 091 Wastewater Treatment I 3
WST 092 Wastewater Treatment II 3
WST 093 Wastewater Treatment III 3
 
Two courses from this list of RECOMMENDED courses Units
CIT 101 Introduction to Computer Literacy 3
GIS 130 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
WST 032 Water Use Efficiency Practitioner II 3
WST 034 Introduction to Water Resource Management 3
WST 036 Water Utility Management 3
 
Total Units 27 - 28
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Students will have knowledge of fundamental aspects of drinking water distribution, drinking water treatment, wastewater collection, and wastewater treatments
  2. Student will be able to perform tasks in connection with operation, control and maintenance of water treatment, water distribution and wastewater collection system
  3. Students will be able to prepare reports for submission to government agencies under supervision
  4. Students will be able to record operational data, personnel attendance, or meter and gauge readings on specified forms
  5. Students will be able to direct and coordinate plant workers engaged in routine operations and maintenance activities
  6. Have knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection people, data, property and institutions

Career Opportunities

California Water Interns Website

California Water Environment Association (CWEA), in partnerships with several associations, has launched a job board to list internships, apprenticeships, and operator-in-training opportunities. For more information visit: https://www.cawaterinterns.org/

San Bernardino Valley Water Reclamation Plant Operator-in-Training Program

The city of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department (SBMWD) has developed a wastewater operator training program. For more information visit: SB Valley Water Reclamation Website

Cucamonga Valley Water District Partnership

Students of the Water Supply Technology Program have a unique potable water operator internship opportunity. For further information visit: http://www.cvwdwater.com/278/Internship-Program

City of Loma Linda Public Works Department

The City of Loma Linda Department of Public Works District is looking for students interested in an unpaid internship opportunities in water distribution and water treatment. The agency is seeking someone who is serious about making the water industry a career and will be consistent with the amount of time they are willing to invest. To take advantage of this opportunity and gain valuable work experience contact Russ Handy: rhandy@lomalinda-ca.gov

Western Municipal Water District Internship Program

Western Municipal Water District offers internships in an effort to provide college students, from a wide variety of educational disciplines, the opportunity to apply traditional academic classroom learning to actual work experience.

For more information visit: Western Municipal Water District/Job Opportunities Website 

Three Valleys Municipal Water District Water Operations Apprentice Program

Three Valleys Municipal Water District is currently accepting applications for its Water Operations Apprentice Program. If interested in earning college credit for participation in the program, please visit: https://www.threevalleys.com/#Employment

City of Chino Hills Public Works

The city of Chino Hills is currently seeking student interns to fill an open position in its Wastewater Collection Division. If interested in applying for the position, please contact Mark Wiley-Utilty Operations Manager: mwiley@chinohills.org

City of Walnut 

The city of Walnut is seeking an "Operations Intern" to assist in the operations and maintenance of its recycled water distribution systems. Salary range $15.00 per hour and uu to 30 hours per week. All intertested applicants must complete the online application. The application deadline is Tuesday September 24, 2019.  Visit www.wvwd.com or https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/wvwd for more information on the position.

 

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