Water Technology Certificate

Water Technology is a career oriented non-transfer vocational program offering courses leading to a certificate and/or an Associate degree. The Water Technology program at MSJC emphasizes a real world approach to diagnostic skill building and a thorough understanding of system theory and operations. Professionalism, workplace skills and responsibilities are stressed along with safety and an awareness of hazardous materials control. Graduates are primarily employed by cities, counties, federal agencies, and industry that operate and maintain water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection and/or wastewater treatment systems. They may also find employment in support roles such as equipment sales. For individuals currently working within these fields, there may be potential for salary and/or career advancement. The Water Technology Certificate should not be confused with certification by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), American Water Works Association (AWWA), or the California Water Environment Association (CWEA). Certification by the state of California requires the qualified individual to: 1) pass an examination administered by the State Water Resources Control Board, the American Water Works Association, or the California Water Environment Association; 2) meet the experience and/or educational minimum requirements; 3) and, submit a certification application with the applicable fee. The Cooperative Work Experience Education course, CWEE WATR-549, is highly recommended course for students not currently employed in the field. The Water Technology Certificate of Achievement is designed to prepare students who wish to seek entry level employment in the public water supply industry or qualify for a more responsible position within the field.

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Begin by exploring MSJC program maps to find a career or transfer opportunities.  Program maps show the recommended sequence of courses that lead to graduation or transfer. The maps were developed by program experts to give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.    

  • Starting in Spring? Choose Fall Semester 1 courses.   
  • Are you a part-time student?  Start Fall Semester 1 courses and follow the course sequence.
Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
WATR-790
Basic Waterworks Mathematics (formerly WATR-090)
or Wastewater Technology Math
2
WATR-500 Introduction to Water/Wastewater Operations (formerly WATR-100) 1
Select one of the following: 3
Water Treatment Plant Operations I & II (formerly WATR-103)  
Water Distribution I & II (formerly WATR-107)  
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations I & II (formerly WATR-120)  
WATR-530 Environmental Laws and Regulations (formerly WATR-130) 3
 Units9
Spring Semester 1
Select one of the following: 3
Water Treatment Plant Operations III, IV & V (formerly WATR-105)  
Water Distribution III, IV & V (formerly WATR-109)  
Wastewater Plant Operations III, IV & V (formerly WATR-122)  
WATR-525 Test Procedures for Water and Wastewater (formerly WATR-125) 3
WATR-740 Wells, Pumps and Motors (formerly WATR-140) 3
 Units9
 Total Units18
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
WATR-500Introduction to Water/Wastewater Operations (formerly WATR-100)1
WATR-790Basic Waterworks Mathematics (formerly WATR-090)2
or WATR-795 Wastewater Technology Math
Subtotal3
Elective Courses
Select 15 units of the following:
Water Treatment Plant Operations I & II (formerly WATR-103)
Water Treatment Plant Operations III, IV & V (formerly WATR-105)
Water Distribution I & II (formerly WATR-107)
Water Distribution III, IV & V (formerly WATR-109)
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations I & II (formerly WATR-120)
Wastewater Plant Operations III, IV & V (formerly WATR-122)
Test Procedures for Water and Wastewater (formerly WATR-125)
Introduction to Wastewater Collections
Environmental Laws and Regulations (formerly WATR-130)
Introduction to Water Use Efficiency
Introduction to Water Utility Management
Wells, Pumps and Motors (formerly WATR-140)
Subtotal15
Total Units18

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Gainful Employment Disclosures: Water Technology

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2022 

Program Name WATER TECHNOLOGY 

This program is designed to be completed in 8 months. 

This program will cost $828 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.   

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.   

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California 

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here:  https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/ 

NOTE:  

Cost per unit $46 

Parking Permits cost $68 a year or $34 a semester  

RTA Go Pass cost $16 a year or $8 a semester  

SGA discount sticker (optional) - $14 a year or $7 a semester  

Student representation fee (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester  

Help a Student Fund (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester  

Student Health Center Fee - $46 a year or $23 a semester 

*For summer session fees and non-CA resident tuition, please see: https://www.msjc.edu/StudentServices/EnrollmentServices/Pages/What-Fees-do-I-have-to-pay.aspx