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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Water Apprenticeship

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This certificate is designed to be used by an employer to provide related training instruction (RTI) to registered apprentices in the DOL-approved Des Moines Water Works Apprenticeship Program.

For more information about the Water Apprenticeship certificate, please visit our website at

Program Entry Requirements

1. Complete an application for admission.
2. Attend any required information/registration session.
3. RECOMMEND completion of a high school chemistry course or equivalent with a “C” or higher..


Most of these credits are applicable to the Water and Wastewater Treatment Technology diploma  and the AAS degree in Water Environmental Technology.  

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 23

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate) 100 190 100

Approximate total for program:$3,679*

* Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

• Produce and deliver safe drinking water to consumers, thereby protecting public health from waterborne diseases and
   other health concerns
• Operate facilities and equipment designed to clean up wastewater and maintain or improve our environment
• Operate and maintain treatment processes and collection or distribution systems
• Operate and monitor controls, computerized systems, and laboratory equipment
• Collect and analyze water samples, interpret results, and adjust processes to achieve maximum performance
• Make a difference every day

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

• A basic knowledge of the traditional sciences, including biology and chemistry.
• A good knowledge of math and algebra.
• A willingness to work indoors and outdoors.
• A desire to protect public health and the environment.
• Technical abilities and technological skills.
• Good public relations skills.
• A willingness to do a variety of tasks that contribute to water or wastewater treatment.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

• Water and wastewater environmental technology is a high-growth industry that is very stable and challenging. There are
   a wide variety of career opportunities and specialties.
• Field work and other hands-on experience is very important in this field. You will want to make sure you have time in your
   schedule to complete an internship.
• If you are a person who is passionate about the environment, able to work with minimal supervision and reliable and
   accurate in your work ethic, water environmental technology may be the field for you.
• Average starting salary $28,000-$60,000 (depending on area of interest and level of education), with opportunities to
   make a much higher income as you advance to higher levels of state certification.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

• This certificate is a customized component for apprenticeship candidates employed by Des Moines Water Works and
may serve as a model for other employers,

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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