Water and Wastewater Treatment

Student working in wastewater treatment lab

Water and Wastewater Treatment - Certificate

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Water and Wastewater treatment certificate in the Process Technology program. This program will prepare you for a position as a technician or operator for local employers in the water and waste water treatment industry. Primary employers are any municipality that has a water treatment system and private contractors that operate and maintain private water treatment systems.

You’ll learn how to monitor and control processing equipment, troubleshoot and solve equipment problems, test water quality, and implement safety standards and procedures. The Process Technology program provides the technical and academic knowledge you need, along with valuable communication and interpersonal skills that employers want.

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Entry Information

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at admissions@btc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

What are My Next Steps?


Total Program Credits: 50

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  • Quarter 1

  • PTEC 101Introduction to Process Technology5 CR
  • PTEC 102Process Technology Equipment5 CR
  • AMATH 111Applied Technical Math5 CR
  • Quarter 2

  • PTEC 103Safety, Health & Environment I5 CR
  • PTEC 104Process Drawings2 CR
  • PTEC 109Intro to WWT5 CR
  • AENGL 100Applied English5 CR
  • Quarter 3

  • PTEC 110Process Instrumentation5 CR
  • BIOL& 160General Biology with Lab5 CR
  • PTEC 224WWT Test Preparation3 CR
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 CR

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will demonstrate a knowledge of the typical hazards found in process plants, basic PPE, and requirements of regulating bodies regarding safety, health, and environmental issues (OSHA, DOT, EPA). Example: Worker-Right-to-Know, PSM, RMP, RCRA, and Clean Air Act).
  • Graduates will be able to apply mathematics, physics, and chemistry in the Process Technology field. Graduates will obtain the ability to link their knowledge to applications such as the nature of heat, chemical reactions, boiling points, vapor pressure, and electrical currents.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the typical organizational structures, economics and quality controls; fundamentals of refining and power generation processes.
  • Graduates will be able to perform core functions and principles of operation of typical process industry equipment such as pumps, compressors, filters and dryers, lubricating systems, valves and piping systems, and process plant instrumentation systems (from an operations viewpoint).
  • Graduates will know the principles and typical operation of electronic control systems (DCS).
  • Graduates will have the ability to operate simulated DCS process control systems Effectively.

Employment Outlook

Future retirement data indicates that over the next 10 years there will be a great need for trained water and wastewater treatment operators in the industry, both locally and nationally. The average annual wage in this field is $62,046, with an earning potential of $73,986 per year.

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Faculty & Support

  • Degrees and Credentials

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    BS, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Davis