DMACC’s innovative Water Environmental Technology degree program provides preemployment training as well as advanced courses in water and wastewater technology for those wishing career advancement including state certification upgrade studies. Courses are designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in water and wastewater treatment operations as well as for certification examinations administered by the State of Iowa and those administered by professional associations within the water and wastewater industry. This degree program has both industrial plant operations training and water operations training with an emphasis on hands-on experiences and instruction. Students may choose a concentration in either water treatment, wastewater treatment or both.
Current instructors are experienced water and wastewater professional experts and are up-to-date in industry practices. Classes are built around practical examples of real-world scenarios, demonstrations and field trips to maximize understanding of subject matter. Internships are required.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to seek employment or advancement in a wide variety of settings including water and wastewater treatment companies and facilities, municipalities and state and federal agencies.
This program provides training and educational experiences that will prepare you for certification examinations. Work experience requirements must be met before you are eligible to take an examination for certification. Be sure to refer to the certifying body in your area to determine eligibility. In Iowa, visit the DNR website located at www.iowadnr.gov/water/files/opcert.pdf.
For more information about the Water Environmental Technology program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/water.
Program Entry Requirements:
- Complete an application for admission.
- Satisfy the assessment requirement.
- Attend any required information/registration session.
- Complete a high school chemistry course and biology course or equivalent with a “C” or higher.
Students start any semester.
To earn a Water Environmental Technology AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. A grade of 2.0 (C) or better is required in all courses required for this degree.
All students take the same courses in Semesters 1-3. In Semesters 4, 5 and 6 students must choose either the Wastewater Treatment Concentration or the Water Environmental Technology Concentration.