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.
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 http://www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/RegulatoryWater/Certification/WaterWastewaterOperators.aspx.
For more information about the Water Environmental Technology program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/water.
Students start any semester.
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.
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.
Option 1 - Select 1 Course
Option 2 - Select 1 Course
Requirements for the Wastewater Treatment Concentration
Option 3 - Select 1 Course
Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree: Wastewater Treatment Concentration - 80
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
||10(WAT portion only)
Approximate total for program: $13,300,*
* Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.
What Kind of Work Will You Do?
Students graduating from our two-year program will be immediately qualified for some related employment opportunities, including entry-level positions with municipal water and wastewater treatment plants, industrial water and wastewater treatment plants, and water and wastewater compliance laboratories. You will be well-advanced along the path for state operator certification, which opens many employment doors for you.
- 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 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.
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