Academics

Water/ Wastewater Technology

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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 programs at Green River Community College prepare students for employment in a variety of areas.  These may include:

  • Entry level positions operating and maintaining public drinking water distribution systems
  • Entry level positions in municipal wastewater treatment facilities

When can new students enroll?

You may enroll in the Water/Wastewater Technology program at Green River anytime during the quarter as space is available. Follow the application instructions on Apply Now.

We also suggest you get started by meeting with the program advisor, Paul Mueller, ext. 2635 or by attending the Water/Wastewater Technology Program Information Session with program instructor Eric Shea, ext. 3370.

Prerequisites

Must be eligible for Engl 100 or above and Math 097 or higher.

How long does the program take?

Certificates of Proficiency in Water Distribution Technology and Municipal Wastewater Treatment 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).

Associate in Applied Science Degrees in Water Supply Technology and Wastewater Technology may be completed in eight quarters (two years), again, depending on student composition, computation and computing skills.

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

Special fees

All water/wastewater classes are managed by the Washington Environmental Training Center (WETRC) and are self-support. Classes are fee based and exempt from the institutional refund policy and the regular registration process.

What will contribute to success in the program?

Water and wastewater operators need mechanical aptitude and the ability to solve problems.

US Department of Labor has identified this personal effectiveness competency for people working in water sector:

Personal Effectiveness Competencies:

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Motivation
  • Dependability and Reliability
  • Self-Development
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Ability to Learn

Academic Competencies:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Critical and Analytical Thinking
  • Basic Computer Skills

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.

Water/Wastewater Technology Program Information Sessions

We are glad you are interested in the Water/Wastewater Technology program at Green River Community College. The purpose of this program is to train future drinking water and wastewater operators who are significantly responsible to assure public health and environmental protection.

For more information, please sign up for a Water/Wastewater Technology Program Information Session with program instructor Eric Shea.

You may also do so:

* If you are interested in taking our online classes for CEU only, this Informational Session is not necessary.