Water/ Waste-Water Program

The Water Supply Technology and Wastewater Technology Programs at Green River Community College prepare students for entry-level employment as water supply or wastewater technicians. Professionals in these fields make daily decisions that affect public health and the environment. Graduates are primarily employed by cities, counties, federal agencies and industry that operate and maintain water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection and/or wastewater treatment systems. They may also find employment in support roles such as equipment sales.

Areas of employment

The Water Supply Technology and Wastewater Technology certificate programs at Green River Community College prepare students for employment in a variety of areas.  These may include:

  • Postitions in municipal wastwater collection and treatment facilities
  • Entry level postions operating and maintaing public drinking water distribution systems
  • Entry level postions in municipal wastewater treatment facilities
  • Entry level postions operating and maintaining municipal wastewater collection systems

    How long does the program take?

    Certificates of Proficiency in Water Distribution Technology, Municipal Wastewater Treatment Technology and Wastewater Collection Technology may be completed in as few as three quarters, depending on student composition, computation and computing skills (contact an advisor for skills assessment information).

    The programs may also be completed on a part-time basis over a longer period of time

    Special fees

    Lab fees will vary, depending upon the courses taken. Basic hand tools and a tool bag will be loaned to students during their first and second quarters only. Before leaving the program, students can expect to spend $300 or more on their own tools.

    What will contribute to success in the program?

    You should be a person in relatively good physical health who enjoys working outdoors, likes to be creative, and likes to work with both mind and hands.

    Special program notes

    Here’s what Green River’s Carpentry Technology program offers you:

    • Hands-on experience. Students actually build a house—from laying out the site to installing all finish hardware
    • A pre-apprenticeship program designed to prepare you for entrance into the carpentry field. Students graduating from the Carpentry Technology program may be evaluated and placed as advanced apprentices
    • A certificate of completion for satisfactory completion of any Carpentry Technology course
    • Instruction in methods of constructing forms, frames and room systems, as well as finish carpentry
    • Training in blueprint reading and material estimation
    • An opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education
    • Opportunities to learn skills that will allow you to start and build your own contracting business

    Does the program transfer to four-year schools?

    In general, the classes for the Water Supply Technology and Wastewater Technology programs are not designed to transfer.

    Employment outlook/Salary range

    The outlook for employment in carpentry is excellent. Nearly 100 percent of Green River's carpentry students have been placed in full-time carpentry positions. This includes both degree graduates and those who have completed the certificate programs

    Salaries have been on the rise for the past few years. Currently the entry level wage for most students who complete at least three quarters of training is $11-14 per hour. Pay increases correlate to the amount of full-time experience a person achieves.