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

WTTP 1700
WTTP 1700
Water Sources (90 hours)
Credits: 3
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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.
WTTP 1710
WTTP 1710
Water Treatment 1 (90 hours)
Credits: 3
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This is a basic water treatment course which focusses on environmental applications and emphasizes past, present and future technologies related to water treatment. Topics explored in this course include: operator responsibilities; water sources; reservoir management; coagulation and flocculation processes; sedimentation; filtration; disinfection; corrosion control; and basic water treatment sampling procedures.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into either the Water and Wastewater Certificate or Diploma programs or the Water Treatment Technology program
WTTP 1720
WTTP 1720
Applied Math and Science (90 hours)
Credits: 3
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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
WTTP 1730
WTTP 1730
Mechanical Systems 1 (90 hours)
Credits: 3
Campus
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CONS
Students explore the principles of piping, pumps and valves as they apply to the support systems in water treatment facilities. The principles of Cross Connection control are also addressed.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into either the Water and Wastewater Certificate or Diploma programs or the Water Treatment Technology program
WTTP 1740
WTTP 1740
Environmental Legislation, Safety and Communications (90 hours)
Credits: 3
Campus
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CONS
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
WTTP 1760
WTTP 1760
Introduction to Wastewater Utility (90 hours)
Credits: 3
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This course provides an introduction to the wastewater treatment processes, focussing on 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 wastewater; disposal of treat effluent; and the collection of wastewater from sources.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into either the Water and Wastewater Certificate or Diploma programs or the Water Treatment Technology program
WTTP 1800
WTTP 1800
Electrical Fundamentals 1 (90 hours)
Credits: 3
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CONS
Students are introduced to the electrical trade as it applies to the day-to-day operation of water and wastewater treatment plants. Topics discussed include: basic electrical principle; electrical safety; motor control principles; and the fundamentals of electric motors. 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
WTTP 1820
WTTP 1820
Instrumentation 1 (90 hours)
Credits: 3
Campus
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CONS
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
WTTP 1830
WTTP 1830
Mechanical Systems 2 (90 hours)
Credits: 3
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CONS
A continuation of Mechanical Systems 1, this course includes a detailed examination of 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: moving water, major process equipment, and secondary process equipment systems.
Prerequisite: WTTP 1700, 1710, 1720, 1730, 1740 and 1760 or equivalent
WTTP 1850
WTTP 1850
Water Treatment 2 (90 hours)
Credits: 3
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CONS
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
WTTP 1860
WTTP 1860
Wastewater Utility 1 (90 hours)
Credits: 3
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CONS
This course illustrates the progression of wastewater leaving the wastewater collection system and entering into the treatment plant stage. Various forms of preliminary treatment are explained and students learn about stand alone treatment plants such as septic systems and how they operate. Students discuss what occurs after preliminary treatment has taken place in regards to primary treatment, sedimentation, sludge and sludge removal. Wastewater lagoon systems are discussed, the various laboratory principles of wastewater are introduced, and students identify lab procedures related to the wastewater treatment processes.
Prerequisite: WTTP 1700, 1710, 1720, 1730, 1740 and 1760 or equivalent

Year 2

WTTP 2710
WTTP 2710
Water Chemistry (90 hours)
Credits: 3
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CONS
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
WTTP 2720
WTTP 2720
Advanced Coagulation and Particle Removal (90 hours)
Credits: 3
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CONS
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
WTTP 2730
WTTP 2730
Filtration (90 hours)
Credits: 3
Campus
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CONS
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
WTTP 2740
WTTP 2740
Disinfection (90 hours)
Credits: 3
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CONS
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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WTTP 2800
Microbiology and Toxicology (90 hours)
Credits: 3
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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
WTTP 2820
WTTP 2820
Instrumentation 2 (90 hours)
Credits: 3
Campus
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CONS
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
WTTP 2830
WTTP 2830
Management and Leadership Skills (90 hours)
Credits: 3
Campus
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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
WTTP 2840
WTTP 2840
Source Water Protection and Management (90 hours)
Credits: 3
Campus
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This course introduces students to source water challenges and issues. 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.
Prerequisite: WTTP 2700, 2710, 2720, 2730, 2740 or equivalent
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