Water, Environment and Technology

Water and wastewater treatment plant operators have the responsibility for operation and maintenance of treatment plants and distribution/collection systems. They need a working knowledge of plant operations, treatment equipment, chemistry, microbiology, mathematics, and computer applications. If you like a challenge and the responsibility of protecting the public health and the environment, this could be the career for you.

Cities, counties, and other public and private entities have a need for clean drinking water, wastewater treatment facilities, and maintenance of pipes, pumps, and storage facilities. This program provides training for operators, utility workers, environmental technicians, and other workers that make up the field of Public Works.

In it, you’ll learn about the operational control strategies for biological wastewater treatment facilities. You'll perform evaluations using computer spreadsheets and existing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. You’ll also get a hands-on survey of electrical systems, in addition to drawing and constructing simple series and parallel electrical circuits.

Courses cover the maintenance of water distribution systems, sewage collection systems and stormwater systems. Topics such as environmental science, pollution control, and environmental technology are also covered. Learn about the ecology of the planet and the risks associated with pollution of our environment plus public works safety programs.

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Student Story

Most of us tend to take clean water coming from the tap for granted. How it gets cleaned, and who does the work is a mystery. For LBCC graduate Dawna Laetzch, however, the thought of where our drinking water comes from became a new career.

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Department Faculty

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Troy Kemper
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Brian Stevens