Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Certificate and Diploma Courses

WTTP 1700 Water Sources:
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course provides training in the development of new and existing water sources. It focuses on ground and surface water sources as they relate to the way drinking water is treated and distributed. Areas of study include basic water supply hydrology, groundwater sources, surface water sources, emergency and alternate water sources, source water conservation, source water quality, and source water protection.
Pre-requisites:  Acceptance into either the Water & Wastewater Certificate or Diploma programs or the Water Treatment Technology program.

WTTP 1710 Water Treatment 1:

90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This is a basic water treatment course with emphasis on environmental applications focusing on past, present and future technologies concerned with water treatment. The major emphasis will cover: Operator responsibilities, water sources, reservoir management, coagulation and flocculation processes, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, corrosion control, and basic water treatment sampling procedures.
Pre-requisites:  Acceptance into either the Water & Wastewater Certificate or Diploma programs or the Water Treatment Technology program

WTTP 1720 Applied Math & Sciences:
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course introduces students to concepts in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Hydraulics that will be needed later in the program. The course is divided into three modules: Module A – Mathematics covers important concepts such as significant figures, error analysis, calculation of areas and volumes, units conversion, ratios and proportions, averages, and percent. Module B – Hydraulics introduces the students to the concepts of density and specific gravity, water pressure, piezometric surface and hydraulic grade line, calculation of head loss, as well as pumping and flow rate problems. Module C – Chemistry introduces the students to the structure and the classification of matter, the balancing of chemical equations, and finally dilution and dosage calculations.
Pre-requisites:  Acceptance into either the Water & Wastewater Certificate or Diploma programs or the Water Treatment Technology program

WTTP 1730 Mechanical Systems 1:
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course covers principles of piping, pumps and valves as they apply to the support systems in water treatment facilities. The principles of Cross Connection control will also be covered.
Pre-requisites:  Acceptance into either the Water & Wastewater Certificate or Diploma programs or the Water Treatment Technology program
    
WTTP 1740 Environmental Legislation, Safety and Communications:
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course provides a foundation in three topic areas:  environmental legislation, safety, and communications. Under the legislative section, the students gain an understanding of the basic principles of environmental law and the legislative framework under which most water suppliers must legally operate. The safety section will cover topics such as occupational health and safety as it applies to operations and management of water systems. The final section will cover oral and written communication skills required for operators dealing with specific situations that arise through interactions with the public.
Pre-requisites:  Acceptance into either the Water & Wastewater Certificate or Diploma programs or the Water Treatment Technology program

WTTP 1760 Introduction to Wastewater:
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course provides an introduction to the wastewater treatment processes.  It focuses on both domestic and industrial sources as they relate to the way wastewater is collected, treated, and disposed.  Areas of study include basic descriptions of what is wastewater, why we have to treat wastewater, the processes involved with treating the wastewater, disposal of treated effluent, and the collection of wastewater from sources.
Pre-requisites:  Acceptance into either the Water & Wastewater Certificate or Diploma programs or the Water Treatment Technology program

WTTP 1800 Electrical Fundamentals I: 
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course offers an introduction to the electrical trade as it applies to the day to day operation of water/waste water treatment plants. Topics discussed include basic electrical principles, electrical safety, motor control principles, and the fundamentals of electric motors. It is important to note that this course is not designed to create tradespersons, but is designed from the viewpoint of plant operators, so they can develop more awareness of the trades and allow them to function more effectively.
Pre-r    Pre-requisites:  WTTP 1700, 1710, 1720, 1730, 1740 and 1760 or equivalent   

WTTP 1820 Instrumentation I:
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course offers an introduction to the instrumentation trade as it applies to the day to day operation of water/waste water treatment plants. Topics discussed include process control principles, terminology, and troubleshooting techniques.  It is important to note that this course is not designed to create tradespersons, but is designed from the viewpoint of plant operators, so they can develop more awareness of the trades and allow them to function more effectively.
Pre-requisites:  WTTP 1700, 1710, 1720, 1730, 1740 and 1760 or equivalent

WTTP 1830 Mechanical Systems II
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course is a continuation of Mechanical Systems I course and covers in more detail the selection, operating principles, adjustment and maintenance of mechanical equipment used in water and wastewater treatment processes and facilities. The course is arranged in three general sections, starting with moving water, major process equipment and finally secondary process equipment systems.
Pre-requisites:  WTTP 1700, 1710, 1720, 1730, 1740 and 1760 or equivalent

WTTP 1850 Water Treatment II: 
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course is a continuation of Water Treatment I. More advanced topics such as water softening, ph control, pre-oxidation and dissolved metals removal will be covered. An overview of chemical feed systems as well as chemical dosage calculations will also be covered.
Pre-requisites:  WTTP 1700, 1710, 1720, 1730, 1740 and 1760 or equivalent

WTTP 1860 Wastewater Utility I: 
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course will illustrate to the student what occurs once wastewater leaves the wastewater collection system and enters into the treatment plant stage.  Various forms of preliminary treatment will be explained and the student will also learn about stand-alone treatment plants such as septic systems and how they operate. The student will be able  to discuss what occurs after preliminary treatment has taken place in regards to primary treatment, sedimentation, sludge and sludge removal.  Wastewater lagoon systems will also be discussed and the student will be introduced to the various laboratory principles of wastewater and demonstrate how certain lab procedures relate to the wastewater treatment processes.
Pre-requisites:  WTTP 1700, 1710, 1720, 1730, 1740 and 1760 or equivalent

WTTP 1870 Wastewater Utility II: 
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course provides an in-depth look into the wastewater treatment processes and components.  It focuses on secondary and advanced wastewater treatment, wastewater sludge residual treatment and disposal.  Areas of study include descriptions of treatment processes and components for secondary treatment, advance treatment targets and processes, residual sludge treatment management and disposal.
Pre-requisites:  WTTP 1700, 1710, 1720, 1730, 1740 and 1760 or equivalent

WTTP 2700 Electrical Fundamentals II:  90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course is a continuation of Electrical Fundamentals I, which looks beyond the basic electricity fundamentals and motor control towards the utilization of electrical theory in practical applications. While further fundamental theory is to be covered, such as solid-state electronics and numbering systems, the majority of the information covered in these modules will reference practical applications.
Pre-requisites:  WTTP 1800, 1820, 1830, 1850, 1860 and 1870 or equivalent

WTTP 2710 Water Chemistry: 
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course will provide an introduction to the study of water chemistry.  The focus will be on chemistry fundamentals that water operators will require for problem analysis related to water treatment.  Areas of study include pH, alkalinity, inorganic (metals and non-metals, anion/cations) and organic (hydrocarbons, aromatics, detergents, pesticides) species that are found in water.  Practical examples of removal and treatment of chemicals found in water will be provided.
Pre-requisites:  WTTP 1800, 1820, 1830, 1850, 1860 and 1870 or equivalent

WTTP 2720 Advanced Coagulation and Particle Removal: 90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course is a continuation of Water Treatment 2 where coagulation in general terms was introduced. This course takes an in-depth look at coagulation and particle removal. Topics discussed include the advanced principles of coagulation, emerging technologies, jar testing, and clarification methods and equipment. The course aims to provide operators with information that will improve their ability to assess conditions in the water treatment plant and make decisions to ensure the smooth operation of their treatment process.
Pre-requisites:  WTTP 1800, 1820, 1830, 1850, 1860 and 1870 or equivalent

WTTP 2730 Filtration
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course provides students with the basic understanding of water filtration mechanisms, and the methods of their classification. Topics include a historical overview of the development of water treatment and its impacts on water filtration today.  This course also covers in detail the process of slow and rapid sand filtration and its operation, performance optimization, maintenance, and backwashing techniques. Alternative filtration processes, such as membranes, pressure sand, manganese green sand, activated carbon, pro-coat and sediment filtration are also explained as well as operations and maintenance procedures for each of the technologies.
Pre-requisites:  WTTP 1800, 1820, 1830, 1850, 1860 and 1870 or equivalent

WTTP 2740 Disinfection:  90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
The intent of this course is to cover the advanced concepts of drinking water disinfection and fluoridation. Topics will include history of disinfection, causes of waterborne diseases and disinfection goals.   Theory of disinfection, design, and operation as well as disinfection by-products will also be discussed. Technologies covered include chlorination, ozone, UV and alternate disinfection methods. Maintenance and calibration procedures used in monitoring equipment for both disinfection and fluoridation are also covered.
Pre-requisites:  WTTP 1800, 1820, 1830, 1850, 1860 and 1870 or equivalent

WTTP 2800 Microbiology and Toxicology:
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
The goal of this course is to introduce you to some of the unifying concepts of biology, microbiology and toxicology relating to water, the most common and significant source of infectious diseases caused by microbial contamination. The course will explore the types of toxicants present in aquatic systems, their routes of exposure and modes of action, as well as their effects on human health and the environment.
Pre-requisites:  WTTP 2700, 2710, 2720, 2730, 2740 or equivalent

WTTP 2820 Instrumentation II
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course offers a more advanced study into plant floor control and supervision. Students are introduced to the components of a computerized system and more advance topics such as analogue signal handling, timers and counters, as well as how discrete and analogue values can be passed from one Programmable Logic Controllers to another.  This course will also provide students with an understanding of modern plant-wide control systems. These systems rely on emerging technologies such as computers, Programmable Logic Controllers, operator interfaces, and micro-processor based plant-floor devices together into a Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition system.
Pre-requisites:  WTTP 2700, 2710, 2720, 2730, 2740 or equivalent

WTTP 2830 Management and Leadership Skills: 
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
This course provides an introduction in human resources, assets and operations, financial management and techniques used in the water industry.  Topics includes the art of management and the role of the manager, decision making, time management, written records, human resource management and communication skills.  The students will also examine skills required for operations management, asset identification, designing an asset maintenance program, data acquisition, and water conservation.  Accounts and budgets, financial accounting and international legislation will be discussed.  
Pre-requisites:  WTTP 2700, 2710, 2720, 2730, 2740 or equivalent

WTTP 2840 Source Water Protection Management: 
90 Vocational Contact Hours, 3 Credits
Watersheds are where we live, work, and play. They are also the source of the water we drink. Threats posed by activities in our watersheds need to be identified and managed.  In this course students will be introduced to source water issues. They will study how ground and surface source waters and their catchment areas can face threats and vulnerabilities that impact water safety and sustainability.  The students will learn how to characterize source waters, delineate protection areas, and identify water quality and quantity hazards and vulnerabilities. From this data, students will develop risk assessments and response plans to mitigate hazards through water system design, operations, and watershed management.    

Course options

  • Year 1 courses (1000-level) count toward a Water & Wastewater Utilities Certificate, a Water & Wastewater Technology Diploma (on campus), or a Water Treatment Technology Diploma (Open Learning).
  • Year 2 courses (2000-level) take you from a Water & Wastewater Utilities Certificate to a Water & Wastewater Technology Diploma (on campus).
  • Year 2 courses (2000-level) for a Water Treatment Technology Diploma (Open Learning) are here.