Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Certificate and Diploma Courses

Course options

  • Year 1 courses (1000-level) count toward a Water and Wastewater Utilities Certificate and the Water and Wastewater Technology Diploma (on campus).
  • Year 2 courses (2000-level) count towards Water and Wastewater Technology Diploma (on campus).

Year 1

WTTP1700 Water Sources (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 1700 Water Sources (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course provides training in the development of new and existing water sources. Students focus 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.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into either the Water and Wastewater Certificate or Diploma programs or the Water Treatment Technology program.
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WTTP1710 Water Treatment 1 (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 1710 Water Treatment 1 (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This is an introductory course in conventional water treatment processes with emphasis on past, present and future technologies concerned with water treatment. The course also covers water quality characteristics, sampling and laboratory analysis procedures from source to distribution. Prerequisites: Acceptance into either the Water & Wastewater Utilities Certificate or Water and Wastewater Technology Diploma or the Water Treatment Technology program
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WTTP1720 Applied Math and Science (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 1720 Applied Math and Science (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced 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.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into either the Water and Wastewater Certificate or Diploma programs or the Water Treatment Technology program
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WTTP1730 Mechanical Systems 1 (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 1730 Mechanical Systems 1 (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the principles of mechanical systems as they apply to water distribution as well as piping, pumps and valves used in water and wastewater treatment facilities. The principles of cross connection control are also covered. Prerequisities: Acceptance into either the Water & Wastewater Utilities Certificate or Water and Wastewater Technology Diploma program or the Water Treatment Technology program
Exclusion: Students cannot receive credit for both WTTP 1730 and WTTP 1731
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WTTP1740 Environmental Legislation, Safety and Communications (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 1740 Environmental Legislation, Safety and Communications (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course provides a foundation in three topic areas: legislation, safety and communications. Under the legislative section, 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 includes topics such as occupational health and safety as it applies to operations and management of water systems. The third section covers oral and written communication skills required for operators dealing with specific situations that arise through interactions with the public.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into either the Water and Wastewater Certificate or Diploma programs or the Water Treatment Technology program
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WTTP1760 Introduction to Wastewater Utility (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 1760 Introduction to Wastewater Utility (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to wastewater characteristics and collection system processes. The course focuses on domestic and industrial sources as they relate to the way wastewater is collected, treated and disposed of. Areas of study include basic descriptions of; what is wastewater; why we have to treat wastewater; the processes involved with treating wastewater; disposal of treated effluent, and the collection of wastewater from sources.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into either the Water & Wastewater Utilities Certificate or the Water and Wastewater Technology Diploma or the Water Treatment Technology program.
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WTTP1800 Electrical Fundamentals 1 (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 1800 Electrical Fundamentals 1 (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers students an introduction to electrical systems as they apply to the day-to-day operation of water and wastewater treatment processes. Students are introduced to electrical principles, components of electrical systems, operating principles of electric motors, variable frequency drives, advanced motor control and programmable logic controllers. Prerequisites: WTTP 1700 AND WTTP 1710 AND WTTP 1720 AND WTTP 1730 and WTTP 1740 AND WTTP 1760
Exclusion: Students cannot receive credit for both WTTP 1800 and WTTP 1801
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WTTP1820 Instrumentation 1 (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 1820 Instrumentation 1 (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers an introduction to the instrumentation trade as it applies to the day-to-day operation of water and wastewater treatment plants. Topics discussed include: process control principles; terminology; and trouble shooting techniques. This course is not designed to create tradespersons, but is designed from the viewpoint of plant operators, to develop more awareness of the trades and to enable operators to function more effectively.
Prerequisite: WTTP 1700, 1710, 1720, 1730, 1740 and 1760 or equivalent
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WTTP1830 Mechanical Systems 2 (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 1830 Mechanical Systems 2 (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is a continuation of Mechanical Systems 1 and Water Distribution. Students are introduced in more detail to the selection, operating principles, and the adjustment and maintenance of mechanical equipment used in water and wastewater treatment processes and facilities. The course is arranged in four general sections starting with moving water, process equipment and pumps as well as energy conservation management. Prerequisites: WTTP 1700 AND WTTP 1710 AND WTTP 1720 AND WTTP 1730 and WTTP 1740 AND WTTP 1760 or equivalent
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WTTP1850 Water Treatment 2 (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 1850 Water Treatment 2 (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is a continuation of Water Treatment 1. Advanced topics in this course include: water softening; pH control; pre-oxidation; and dissolved metals removal. Students are provided an overview of chemical feed systems and chemical dosage calculations.
Prerequisite: WTTP 1700, 1710, 1720, 1730, 1740 and 1760 or equivalent
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WTTP1860 Wastewater Utility 1 (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 1860 Wastewater Utility 1 (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course illustrates to students what occurs once wastewater leaves the wastewater collection system and enters into the treatment plant stage. Levels and methods of wastewater treatment will be explained. Students are introduced to the laboratory principles of wastewater analysis, and will test and calculate important parameters involved in normal wastewater treatment processing. Prerequisites: WTTP 1700 AND WTTP 1710 AND WTTP 1720 AND WTTP 1730 and WTTP 1740 AND WTTP 1760 or equivalent
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Year 2

WTTP2710 Water Chemistry (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 2710 Water Chemistry (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course provides an introduction to the study of water chemistry. The focus is on chemistry fundamentals that water operators require for problem analysis related to water treatment. Areas of study include: pH; alkalinity; and inorganic (metals and non-metals, anion/cations) and organic (hydrocarbons, aromatics, detergents, pesticides) species found in water. Practical examples of removal and treatment of chemicals found in water are provided.
Prerequisite: WTTP 1800, 1820, 1830, 1850, 1860, 1870 or equivalent
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WTTP2720 Advanced Coagulation and Particle Removal (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 2720 Advanced Coagulation and Particle Removal (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is a continuation of Water Treatment 2 in which coagulation in general terms is 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.
Prerequisite: WTTP 1800, 1820, 1830, 1850, 1860, 1870 or equivalent
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WTTP2730 Filtration (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 2730 Filtration (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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. The process of slow and rapid sand filtration and its operation, performance optimization, maintenance, and backwashing techniques are considered in detail. Alternative filtration processes, such as membranes, pressure sand, manganese green sand, activated carbon, pre-coat and sediment filtration are also explained, along with operations and maintenance procedures for each of the technologies.
Prerequisite: WTTP 1800, 1820, 1830, 1850, 1860, 1870 or equivalent
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WTTP2740 Disinfection (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 2740 Disinfection (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

The intent of this course is to cover the advanced concepts of drinking water disinfection and fluoridation. Topics include history of disinfection, causes of waterborne diseases and disinfection goals. Theory of disinfection, design, and operation as well as "disinfection by-products" are 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 addressed.
Prerequisite: WTTP 1800, 1820, 1830, 1850, 1860, 1870 or equivalent
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WTTP2760 Wastewater Utility 2 (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 2760 Wastewater Utility 2 (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are provided with an in-depth look into wastewater treatment processes and components. The course focuses on secondary and advanced wastewater treatment and wastewater sludge residual treatment and disposal. Areas of study include descriptions of treatment processes and components for secondary treatment, advance treatment targets and process residual sludge treatment management and disposal. Prerequisites: WTTP 1800 AND WTTP 1820 AND WTTP 1830 AND WTTP 1850 AND WTTP 1860 or equivalent
Exclusion: Students cannot receive credit for both WTTP 2760 and WTTP 1870
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WTTP2800 Microbiology and Toxicology (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 2800 Microbiology and Toxicology (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

The goal of this course is to introduce students to unifying concepts of biology, microbiology and toxicology relating to water, and the most common and significant sources of infectious diseases caused by microbial contamination. Students 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.
Prerequisite: WTTP 2700, 2710, 2720, 2730, 2740 or equivalent
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WTTP2820 Instrumentation 2 (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 2820 Instrumentation 2 (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers a more advanced study into plant floor control and supervision. Students are introduced to the components of a computerized system, and progress to advanced topics including an analogue signal handling, timers and counters, and how discrete and analogue values can be passed from one Programmable Logic Controller to another. Students develop an understanding of modern plant-wide control systems. These systems rely on merging technologies, such as computers, Programmable Logic Controllers, operator interfaces, and micro processor based plant-floor devices, together into a Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
Prerequisite: WTTP 2700, 2710, 2720, 2730, 2740 or equivalent
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WTTP2830 Management and Leadership Skills (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 2830 Management and Leadership Skills (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course provides an introduction to human resources, assets and operations, financial management and techniques used in the water industry. Topics include the art of management and the role of the manager, decision making, time management, written records, human resource management and communication skills. Students examine the 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 are discussed.
Prerequisite: WTTP 2700, 2710, 2720, 2730, 2740 or equivalent
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WTTP2840 Source Water Protection and Management (90 hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 2840 Source Water Protection and Management (90 hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course introduces students to source water challenges and issues as well as impacts on water quality and quantity due to climate change. Students study how ground and surface source waters and their catchment areas can face threats and vulnerabilities that impact water safety and sustainability. Students learn to characterize source waters, delineate protection areas, and identify water quality and quantity hazards and vulnerabilities. Using this data, students develop risk assessments and response plans to mitigate hazards through water system design, operations, and watershed management. Prerequisites: WTTP 2710 AND WTTP 2720 AND WTTP 2730 AND WTTP 2740 AND WTTP 2760 or equivalent
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WTTP2860 Industrial Wastewater Pollution and Treatment (90 Hours)Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 2860 Industrial Wastewater Pollution and Treatment (90 Hours)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to industrial wastewater effluents that result from human activities associated with raw-material processing and manufacturing. Students analyze industrial wastewater characteristics arising from a variety of treatment processes applied in different industrial sectors including; chemical, pharmaceutical, electrochemical, electronics, petrochemical, pulp and paper, food processing and agro-industrial industry. Students are introduced to regulations governing industrial wastewater processing, as well as treatment processess applied in various industrial sectors.
Prerequisite: WTTP 2710, 2720, 2730, 2740, 2760 or equivalent
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