Thompson Rivers University

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Water Treatment Technology Program

Program Description

The Water Treatment Technology program (WTTP) is designed to address the educational requirements of entry and advanced level operators in the water treatment, distribution and collection sectors. The program provides a progressive credential structure.

The program has a progressive structure with four levels of credentials:

  • Level I Water Treatment Technology Certificate: 15 credits
  • Level II Water Treatment Technology Certificate: Level I plus an additional 15 credits (30 credits total)
  • Level III Water Treatment Technology Certificate: Level II plus an additional 15 credits (45 credits total)
  • Water Treatment Technology Diploma: Level III plus an additional 15 credits (60 credits total)

To be recognized as a certified operator in the province of BC, individuals must hold an Environmental Operations Certification Program (ECOP) certificate. Refer to EOCP at www.eopc.ca.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

The entry-level Water Treatment Certificate allows graduates to attain employment in many industries.

Typical examples include:

  • Water and wastewater facilities: municipalities, regional districts and industrial engineering firms
  • Environmental and ecological services
  • Analytical laboratories
  • Water utility companies
  • Water treatment equipment, services and supplies sales
  • Government facilities: provincial and national parks, correctional services, RCMP and Canada border services

The diploma credential can be further laddered into a degree in Bachelor of Technology (Trades and Technology Leadership) or the Bachelor of Technology.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Completion of British Columbia Grade 12 (or equivalent) is required

Chemistry 11 and Math 11 (Foundations) are both recommended.

This program also recognizes past educational and work experience through prior learning assessment and recognition.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.

Residency Requirements

Level I, Level II and Level III Certificates each require a minimum of 6 TRU credits (distance or on-campus). The Water Treatment Diploma requires 9 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Practicum Requirements

There is one practicum for Level I and one for the WTTP Diploma.

The Water Treatment Technology program is designed to be flexible so that students who are currently working at a plant can apply to complete the practicum at their workplace.

Consult the program coordinator or advisor regarding completion options for WTTP 1891 and WTTP 2891. Practicum details are arranged between students, onsite practicum supervisors and the program coordinator.

Recommended completion is in Kamloops at the Centre for Water Quality.

Certificate and Diploma Requirements

Students must obtain a grade of C or higher in each course required for the credential.

Certificate Water Treatment Technology Level I (15 credits)

Admission requirements: as above

WTTP 1171, Environmental Legislation (1)
WTTP 1181, Occupational Health and Safety (1)
WTTP 1191, Communications (1)
WTTP 1701, Water Sources (3)
WTTP 1711, Water Treatment I (3)
WTTP 1721, Applied Math and Science (3)
WTTP 1731, Mechanical Systems 1 (3)

Certificate Water Treatment Technology Level II (30 credits)

Admission requirements: Completion of Level I Water Treatment Certificate or equivalent

WTTP 1291, Moving Water (1)
WTTP 1301, Major Process Equipment (1)
WTTP 1311, Secondary Process Equipment (1)
WTTP 1801, Electrical Fundamentals I (3)
WTTP 1821, Instrumentation I (3)
WTTP 1851, Water Treatment II (3)
WTTP 1891, Practicum I (3)

Certificate Water Treatment Technology Level III (45 credits)

Admission requirements: Completion of Level II Water Treatment Certificate or equivalent

WTTP 2051, Introduction to Water Chemistry (1)
WTTP 2061, Inorganic Species in Water (1)
WTTP 2071, Organic Species in Water (1)
WTTP 2131, Concepts of Filtration (1)
WTTP 2141, Slow and Rapid Sand Filtration (1)
WTTP 2151, Membrane and Alternative Filtration Techniques (1)
WTTP 2171, Basic Principles of Disinfection (1)
WTTP 2181, Standard Disinfection Practices (1)
WTTP 2191, Advanced Disinfection and Fluoridation Practices (1)
WTTP 2701, Electrical Fundamentals II (3)
WTTP 2721, Advanced Coagulation and Particle Removal (3)

Diploma Water Treatment Technology Requirements (60 credits)

Admission requirements: Completion of Level III Water Treatment Certificate or equivalent

WTTP 2291, Computers in Industry (1)
WTTP 2301, Advanced programmable Logic Controllers (1)
WTTP 2311, Industrial Communications and SCADA Systems (1)
WTTP 2331, People Management (1)
WTTP 2341, Asset and Operations Management (1)
WTTP 2351, Financial Management (1)
WTTP 2801, Microbiology and Toxicology (3)
One elective (3)
WTTP 2891, Practicum II (3)

Notes

Students are responsible for consulting with a program coordinator or advisor to ensure that the courses they select are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees.

Contact

Email Student Services for more information.

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