Water, Environment and Technology

Water, Environment and Technology

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  • Why Go into Water, Environment and Technology
  • Careers
  • Student Stories
  • Why Should You Get a Degree in Water, Environment and Technology?

    The Water, Environment and Technology program covers all phases of water sources and treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, and industrial applications, and prepares graduates for a wide variety of positions.

    If you like a challenge and the responsibility of protecting the public health and the environment, this could be the career for you.

    Water and wastewater treatment plant operators have the responsibility for operation and maintenance of treatment plants and distribution/collection systems. Treatment plant operators must have a working knowledge of plant operations, treatment equipment, chemistry, microbiology, mathematics, and computer applications.

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

    You will learn about the operational control strategies for biological wastewater treatment facilities. You'll evaluate using computer spreadsheets and existing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. You will also get a hands-on survey of electricity/electronics and draw and construct 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 the environment plus public works safety programs.

    "Work for Water" Presented by the Water Environment Federation & American Water Works Association

  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon. For more information go to our Career Coach page.

    Many jobs exist in the areas of Public Works, Water/Wastewater Technology, and Industrial Water/Wastewater treatment, including:

    • Industrial Pretreatment Technician
    • Distribution System Technician
    • Collection System Technician
    • Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Operator
    • Wastewater Laboratory Technician
    • Environmental Water Quality Specialist
    • Stormwater Technician

  • Learn what our former student had to say about the program

    Student Learns Technology to Keep Our Water Clean; Lands Great Job Weeks Before Graduating

    Most of us tend to take clean water coming from our tap for granted. How it gets cleaned, and who does the work is a mystery.

    For Dawna Laetzch, 2012 water/wastewater grad, the thought of where our drinking water comes from was intriguing, and made her think of the people who work to make sure it's safe for us to drink.

    After a lay-off from her job at a local mill, Dawna took the opportunity and turned intrigue into knowledge in LBCC's Water, Environment and Technology program, or WET.

    "LBCC's program training gave me the context and language I needed to prepare for my new career, and the internship gave me "the foot in the door," familiarizing me with the processes and equipment at the plant."

    A few weeks before completing the program, Dawna landed her first job in water treatment at the City of Wilsonville's water treatment plant.

    "The education I received from LBCC put me in a great position to make significant contributions to the health and safety of the public."


Troy has been in the Water Environment and Technology business for over 25 years, most recently with the City of Albany Operations Division. Troy holds certifications in both drinking water and wastewater treatment. From collections system rehabilitation throughout southern California to operational responsibility of Albany's 90 million dollar state of the art water reclamation facility, Troy brings a wealth of real world experience into the classroom. You can reach Mr. Kemper at (541) 917-4707 or kempert@linnbenton.edu
Troy Kemper
You can reach Mr. Stevens at (541) 917-4628 or stevenb@linnbenton.edu
Brian Stevens