Water and Wastewater Technology

Diploma or certificate

Water sustains life. Now, you can help sustain our precious water supplies. Gain job-ready skills to protect drinking water quality, safeguard water resources and ensure the sustainability of the water supplies that are crucial to public health and the environment.

  • You will be prepared to operate and maintain water and wastewater treatment, distribution, re-use, and disposal facilities, as well as monitor source water quality.
  • You’ll get your hands wet learning how chemistry, microbiology, mathematics, mechanical and electrical systems, instrumentation and treatment technologies are applied in the water industry.
  • You will study environmental law, occupational health and safety, communications, and utility management.
  • You will get hands-on practical training in the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of water systems – because the program is based out of the state-of-the-art Kamloops Centre for Water Quality, you will get a firsthand look at where your career will take you.
Canada and British Columbia are facing shortages of educated and trained water and wastewater operators – you’ll be in demand upon graduation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of primary to advanced processes in the treatment of water and wastewater operations.
  • Conduct source water quality sampling, laboratory analysis, regulatory reporting, data management and source protection.
  • Identify and describe mechanical, electrical and instrumentation materials, equipment, infrastructure, facilities needed to operate water, wastewater, distribution and collection systems.
  • Operate and maintain primary to advanced mechanical, electrical and instrumentation systems used in moving and treatment of water and wastewater.
  • Troubleshoot, operate and maintain process equipment involved in treatment, distribution and collection of water and wastewater.
  • Manage and lead in regulatory, safety and environmental concerns within the industry.
  • Manage people, utility assets and finances.
  • Perform security, safety and administrative procedures.
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Career paths

  • Primary, secondary and advanced water treatment and distribution operations
  • Primary, secondary and advanced wastewater treatment and collection operations
  • Water quality protection and monitoring
  • Industrial water and wastewater treatment

Admission requirement

  • Grade 12 or equivalent
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Learning options
  • Study for one year and get a certificate in Water and Wastewater Utilities — also counts as Year 1 of a diploma
  • Study for two years on campus and get a diploma in Water and Wastewater Technology
  • You can ladder up from a diploma to a TRU Bachelor of Technology, Bachelor of Technology: Trades and Technology Leadership, or Bachelor of General Studies.
Contact

Satwinder Paul
Water Treatment Coordinator

spaul@tru.ca 250-371-5955

Thompson Rivers University Water and Wastewater Technology program will continue to set industry benchmarks by providing educational excellence, expertise and hands on technical training. This will provide students with a strong foundation of skills that are desirable to any employer.

-David Paul Teasdale
Manager, Kamloops Centre for Water Quality
BASc., Certified Level IV

For me, taking this program was the start of a lifelong career in the water industry. It has given me the opportunity to not only support my family, but my community as well.

-Jody Charlie
TRU Graduate, Level 1 Water Treatment Operator for Lytton First Nation

This program prepared me for what I would face in the utility industry. It gave me a base of knowledge to work from and be successful. The water industry is growing and exciting. Once you have the education and work experience, you have great job prospects in all related industries.

-Greg Weatherhead
Water and Wastewater Utilities Certificate Graduate
Level 1 Utility Operator, Corix Utilities

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Water Education for Industry

Operators currently in the field may take single courses (modules) to meet the mandatory continuing education units (CEUs) defined by the EOCP or for their own general interest. These courses are available in print format only, they are not available online with the exception of XWTP 0200 Watersafe BC which is available in print format or online. All courses except for Watersafe are worth 3 CEU's. Once you have registered a course syllabus will be mailed to you with instructions for course completion and examination. You have 4 months to complete your course.

These courses are also CEU approved in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Each course costs $285.00 with the exception of XWTP 0200 Watersafe BC $147.00.

For further information, please contact Satwinder Paul by email: spaul@tru.ca or phone: 250-371-5955 or contact the Program Assistant at 250.852.6862.

Register online, or send email to continuingstudies@tru.ca.

Course Number Course Name
XWTP 0010 Water Supply Hydrology
XWTP 0020 Ground and Surface Sources
XWTP 0030 Water Supply Protection
XWTP 0050 Small Water System Operations
XWTP 0060 Basic Principles of Sedimentation and Filtration
XWTP 0070 Basic Principles of Disinfection and Water Storage
XWTP 0090 Applied Operation Math
XWTP 0100 Basic Hydraulics
XWTP 0110 Basic Water Chemistry
XWTP 0130 Pipes, Valves and Fittings
XWTP 0140 Basic Principles of Pumps
XWTP 0150 Cross Connection Control
XWTP 0170 Environmental Legislation
XWTP 0180 Occupational Health and Safety
XWTP 0190 Communications
XWTP 0200 Watersafe BC
XWTP 0210 Electrical Principles
XWTP 0220 Testing Electrical Circuits and Safe Work Practices
XWTP 0230 Basics of Electrical Motors and Motor Control
XWTP 0250 Instrumentation Principles
XWTP 0260 Process Measurement
XWTP 0270 Final Control Elements
XWTP 0290 Treatment Process Pathway
XWTP 0300 Secondary Process Equipment
XWTP 0310 Municipal Water & Wastewater Pumping
XWTP 0330 Coagulation
XWTP 0340 pH Control and Water Softening
XWTP 0350 Oxidation Reactions
XWTP 0450 Advanced Motor Control and Basic Digital Techniques
XWTP 0460 Basic Electronic Devices and Speed Drives
XWTP 0470 Basic of Programmable Logic Controllers
XWTP 0490 Introduction to Water Chemistry
XWTP 0500 Inorganic Species in Water
XWTP 0510 Organic Species in Water
XWTP 0530 Advanced Coagulation and Emerging Technologies
XWTP 0540 Dissolved Air Floatation and Jar Testing Procedures
XWTP 0550 Clarifiers
XWTP 0570 The History, Mechanisms, and Classifications of Filters
XWTP 0580 Slow and Rapid Sand Filtration
XWTP 0590 Membrane and Alternative Filtration Techniques
XWTP 0610 Basic Principles of Disinfection
XWTP 0620 Standard Disinfection Practices
XWTP 0630 Advanced Disinfection and Fluoridation Practices
XWTP 0690 Introduction to Microbiology and Toxicology
XWTP 0700 Microbiology
XWTP 0710 Toxicology
XWTP 0780 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers
XWTP 0790 Industrial Communications and SCADA Systems
XWTP 0810 People Management
XWTP 0820 Asset and Operations Management
XWTP 0830 Financial Management
XWTP 0900 Small Wastewater Operation Systems
XWTP 0910 Wastewater Characteristics & Sources
XWTP 0912 Industrial Wastewater Characteristics & Regulations
XWTP 0920 Wastewater Collections & Pumping Systems
XWTP 0922 Groundwater Pumps
XWTP 0924 Water Distribution Systems
XWTP 0930 Levels of Treatment in Wastewater
XWTP 0940 Methods of Wastewater Treatment
XWTP 0942 Energy Efficiency in Water & Wastewater Treatment Facilities
XWTP 0950 Laboratory Principles of Wastewater
XWTP 0960 Secondary Wastewater Treatment
XWTP 0970 Advanced Wastewater Treatment
XWTP 0980 Wastewater Residuals
XWTP 0990 Industrial Wastewater Treatment

XWTP 0010 Water Supply Hydrology

This course represents the first portion of XWTP 1700 Water Sources. The course is designed to teach the student basic water supply hydrology and explain how water moves and changes as it moves across the surface and through the subsurface of the earth. In addition, key water quality terminology as well as general volume and flow topics will be discussed.

XWTP 0020 Ground and Surface Sources

This course represents the second portion of XWTP 1700 Water Sources. The course is designed to give the student an understanding of how raw source water is supplied to domestic drinking water systems. Identifying systems, operation and maintenance procedures for both ground and surface sources are covered.

XWTP 0030 Water Supply Protection

This course represents the third portion of XWTP 1700 Water Sources. The course is designed to give the student an understanding of what environmental factors influence source waters, what pre-planning can be done to provide alternatives sources should the usual supply become unusable and what efforts can be made to protect source waters for future generations.

XWTP 0050 Small Water System Operations

The main objective of the course is to ensure a safe and reliable water supply as it applies to small systems. A "Small System" is defined as any water system being used for consumption or food preparation, serving up to 500 persons during any 24 hour period. The course will focus on the required principles of small water systems from an operational and maintenance perspective. Strong emphasis on safety and regulatory requirements as well as an introduction to the applied sciences and trades will ensure an operator can function effectively and confidently. This course is approved as appropriate training by the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) for the education requirement when applying to write the Small Water System Certification Exam.

XWTP 0060 Basic Principles of Sedimentation and Filtration

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of pre-filtration sedimentation methods including clarification and sedimentation basin operation. Also covered are the different types of water filtration system components, configuration and operation used in water treatment.

XWTP 0070 Basic Principles of Disinfection and Water Storage

Students will become familiar with the different types of disinfection techniques used in water treatment. Topics will also include disinfection by products and future technologies. The basic principles of water distribution, storage and sampling are also covered.

XWTP 0090 Applied Operation Math

The intent of this course is to enhance the basic math skills of operators so they can work confidently in their day-to-day activities. The course will review basic arithmetic problems and lead to applied functions such as volume measurement, conversions, flow rates, and dosage calculations.

XWTP 0100 Basic Hydraulics

The course introduces the students to the basic 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 will also be covered.

XWTP 0110 Basic Water Chemistry

The course introduces the essential principles of chemistry as it applies to the water industry. Some of the topics covered will be atomic structure, reading the periodic table, understanding chemical formulas and equations. Explanations of acids, bases and salts will also be provided.

XWTP 0130 Pipes, Valves and Fittings

This course is designed to introduce the basic mechanical components required in treatment processes. Topics will include: materials, fittings and support devices used in piping and tubing. Identifying and installing common valves will also be covered.

XWTP 0140 Basic Principles of Pumps

This course covers the principles, basic components, installation procedures and trouble shooting techniques for standard pump systems. The principles of selection criteria and water demand calculations are also covered.

XWTP 0150 Cross-Connection Control

This course is designed to provide operators, or those responsible for water supplies, the basic information pertaining to the dangers and control of cross-connections. The basic theories of back flow and back siphonage are covered as well as prevention means. Several case studies are used to provide real world examples of both cause and remedies associated with cross-connections.

XWTP 0170 Environmental Legislation

The course provides students with an understanding of the basic principles of law, with an emphasizes on Statutes, Environmental law and the legislative framework under which most water suppliers must legally operate. This section will also cover the concepts of due diligence, standards of care and liability while looking at torts and case law.

XWTP 0180 Occupational Health and Safety

This course covers the issues and responsibility of health and safety as it applies to operators in water and wastewater treatment operations. The general course topics involve occupational health safety regulations, construction/plant safety procedures and occupational hygiene.

XWTP 0190 Communications

The intent of this course is to introduce an operator to the practice of good community relations and the communication skills that are necessary to effectively provide timely, concise, and accurate information to the public and to the media. Some of the topics covered will be risk and media communications, interpersonal skills as it applies to oral and written communications, and correct system documentation.

XWTP 0200 WaterSafe BC

The WaterSafe course is to provide you with the basic information you will need to be an effective supplier of water and to receive a WaterSafe certificate for small water systems. It will introduce you to the core concepts of small water systems and describe your responsibilities. Another key goal is to show you how to keep water clean and safe. In addition, you will learn about how to prevent health problems related to water system operation and maintenance.

XWTP 0210 Electrical Principles

This course covers the very basic electrical principles as a starting point to understanding electrical systems. The theory of electricity, unit terminology, simple circuit characteristics, magnetism, capacitance, inductance, protection and control are introduced.

XWTP 0220 Testing Electrical Circuits and Safe Work Practices

This course introduces the various testing methods when analyzing circuits. The use of analog and digital testers, clamp-on ammeters and the use of megohmeters are studied. Electrical safety is also covered in this course to ensure operational staff are aware of the dangers around electrical equipment.

XWTP 0230 Basics of Electrical Motors and Motor Control

This course covers the principles of single and three phase motors. It introduces the operating principles, constructional features and basic trouble shooting techniques. The course also introduces the basic principles of motor control. Motor starters, remote and local control techniques, circuit design and trouble shooting procedures are all covered from the viewpoint of an operator understanding plant process control systems.

XWTP 0250 Instrumentation Principles

This course represents the first portion of XWTP 182 Instrumentation I. The purpose of the course is to introduce the very basic principles of instrumentation. Topics are introduced from the perspective of operators with little or no background in the instrumentation trade. Circuit fundamentals, terminology, component identification and instrumentation drawings represent the main subjects covered.

XWTP 0260 Process Measurement

This course represents the second portion of XWTP 182 Instrumentation I. Being able to accurately and consistently measure the process variable is a crucial part of automatic control. The basic principles and operational considerations of commonly used process measurement devices are covered predominantly from an operator's perspective.

XWTP 0270 Final Control Elements

This course represents the third portion of XWTP 182 Instrumentation I. Final control elements represent the device or devices that ultimately control the process variable. Understanding the fundamentals of how these components work together as well as identifying the more common final control elements used int he water/wastewater industry is the main focus of the course.

XWTP 0290 Treatment Process Pathway

This course designed to teach the student the process and direction of water movement through the treatment facility. Topics include hydraulic profile, overflow and spill protection, process and instrumentation drawing and formula calculation. Pump identification, selection and maintenance are also covered.

XWTP 0300 Secondary Process Equipment

This course covers different types of equipment used in the treatment of water, including mixing, flocculation, solids separation, filtration water conditioners, disinfection and various filter systems. Flow charts and the ability to analyze historical data are also covered.

XWTP 0310 Municipal Water & Wastewater Pumping

This course covers support systems typical in treatment facilities such as high pressure air systems, blowers, compressors, vacuum pumps, pneumatic valve operator systems and process air systems. It is also designed to teach the student about chemical used in water treatment, along with associated hazards. Additionally topics such as sludge and residual handling, building mechanical systems, maintenance and associated responsibilities will be discussed.

XWTP 0330 Coagulation

This course provides an introduction to the basic theory of coagulation and flocculation used in the treatment of water. Topics include coagulant selection, dosing calculations, alkalinity/pH relationships and color removal. Mechanical and chemical troubleshooting and coagulant handling and safety are also covered.

XWTP 0340 pH Control and Water Softening

This course provides an introduction of the importance of pH control in water treatment. Topics include types of control systems, chemicals, basic calculations and corrosion control. The basic chemistry of water softening using both chemical and ion exchange techniques are also covered.

XWTP 0350 Oxidation Reactions

This course provides an introduction to the basic theory of oxidation reactions. Topics include: dosing system components, oxidation types and methodology. The importance of pre-oxidation and the removal of organics and metals using oxidation reactions are also included in this course.

XWTP 0450 Advanced Motor Control

This course provides an introduction to motor control mechanisms, commonly referred to as pilot devices, which are designed to operate independently of the operator. You will learn about controlling motors in a sequence, using time-delays and other control techniques that are common control mechanisms in water treatment plants. In addition, you will learn basic digital techniques and several numbering systems that are used to configure and program some microprocessor type systems.

XWTP 0460 Basic Electronic Devices and Speed Drives

This course provides an introduction to basic electronic devices and drives that are associated with operating a water treatment plant. Because processes are complex and run independently of operator input for the most part, it is necessary for the technician to be able to diagnose and maintain the electronics and drives that operate those processes. Topics include principles behind semiconductor materials, circuits, transistors, variable frequency drive (VFDs), frequency converters and AC Motors used with VFDs.

XWTP 0470 Basics of Programmable Logic Controllers

Since their introduction in the late 1960s, programmable controllers have revolutionized the automation and controls industry. From humble beginnings as mere relay replacements, programmable controllers have expanded from a mainly industrial and manufacturing base to a myriad of applications in water treatment processes. This course provides an introduction to the principles of programmable controllers, including applications, memory system addressing and programming techniques.

XWTP 0490 Introduction to Water Chemistry

The introduction to water chemistry course will introduce basic chemical concepts as it applies to the water industry. The subject matter is basically focused on water quality determination and appropriate water treatment, topics will also include ph and alkalinity determination, chemical equilibria, titration and manipulations of various chemical reaction equations related to water analysis and processes.

XWTP 0500 Inorganic Species in Water

This course is designed to introduce students to the issues and analysis of metals and non-metals (inorganic species) in water systems. Topics will include identification, and removal processes, oxidation and reduction, and environmental sources of metals and non-metals.

XWTP 0510 Organic Species in Water

Organic Species in water is designed to introduce students to the problems associated with organic compounds in water. Topics will include identification and the specific problems these compounds can cause. Various removal techniques such as aeration, adsorption/absorption, coagulation and flocculation will also be covered.

XWTP 0530 Advanced Coagulation and Emerging Technologies

This course deals with the more technical aspect of coagulation. Topics include the discussion of coagulation involving basicity, molecular weights, particle destablization, and zeta potential. Streaming current monitors, particle counters, and the emergence of technology and communications at a water treatment plant are covered in this course as well.

XWTP 0540 Dissolved Air Floatation and Jar Testing Procedures

This course explains in detail the Dissolved Air Floatation process (DAF). Different DAF strategies are discussed in this course along with typical operational guidelines. Topics also include jar testing of coagulants and polymers for coagulation. An operator will learn how to perform a jar test and also how to optimize a coagulant or polymer dose.

XWTP 0550 Clarifiers

XWTP 0550 describes the different types of clarification processes used in the water treatment field today. Topics include the hydraulics of clarification along with conventional and high-rate clarifiers. Ballasted flocculation or the Actiflo process, equipment and operation is also covered.

XWTP 0570 The History, Mechanims, and Classifications of Filters

There are many filtration processes available in the water treatment industry. Each process has its advantages and disadvantages depending on source water and finished water requirements.  This course expands on the basic building blocks of filtration as taught in XWTP 0060 (Basic Principles of Sedimentation and Filtration). Topics will include filter design concepts, regulatory standards, filter mechanisms, filter classification and media selection techniques.

XWTP 0580 Slow and Rapid Sand Filtration

With proper pre-treatment of the water, slow and rapid sand filters are applicable for treatment of any surface supply. Such filters are effective even for highly polluted waters. Even relatively large variations in bacterial pollution loads can be handled in a well-designed and well-operated sand media water plant.  This course covers in detail the process of slow and rapid sand filtration as introduced in XWTP 0060  (Basic Principles of Sedimentation and Filtration). Topics will include filter operation, performance optimization, maintenance and backwashing techniques.

XWTP 0590 Membrane and Alternative Filtration Techniques

There are many other filtration processes available in the water treatment apart from the conventional media processes. Alternative and membrane filtration techniques have recently become more widely used in the water treatment industry. Each of these processes has its advantages and disadvantages depending on source water and finished water requirements.  This course covers alternative and membrane filtration as introduced in XWTP 0060 (Basic Principles of Sedimentation and Filtration). Topics include: pressure filtration, iron and manganese removal, activated carbon, diatomaceous earth, cartridge filters and membrane filtration.

XWTP 0610 Basic Principles of Disinfection

This course deals with the history of disinfection, chlorination chemistry and disinfection goals the student will be able to summarize the historical use of chlorine and other disinfectants for treating drinking water. Describe the basic properties of chlorine, and how it is manufactured and used. Explain the chemical reactions that occur when chlorine is used as a disinfectant in water. Describe the CT Concept and summarize regulatory requirements of disinfection and describe how to set disinfection design goals.

XWTP 0620 Standard Disinfection Practices

This course deals with chlorination, ozonation and UV disinfection. The student will be able to describe forms of chlorine used for disinfection: chlorine gas, sodium hypochlorite, calcium hypochlorite, chlorination. Explain ozone chemistry and properties. Explain how the UV disinfection process works. Describe the chlorination, ozonation and UV disinfection process and equipment, review benefits, misuse and safety plus review the legislation relating to chlorination, ozonation and UV disinfection.

XWTP 0630 Advanced Disinfection and Fluoridation Practices

This course deals Alternate Disinfection Practices, Fluoridation, and Monitoring Equipment. It describes alternate disinfectants: chlorine dioxide, MIOX, iodine, boiling. Describe fluoridation chemistry. Explain the history of fluoride use in potable water. Describe/operate/calibrate various equipment used to monitor the disinfection process – lab, on-line. Describe/operate/calibrate equipment used to monitor the fluoridation process. Describe the properties and use of each alternate disinfectant and fluoridation. Describe the process and equipment for each alternate disinfectant and fluoridation. Describe the benefits and issues associated alternate disinfectant and fluoridation and review O&M issues, safety and legislation.

WTP 0690 Introduction to Microbiology and Toxicology

The Introduction to Microbiology and Toxicology is designed to give students in the water industry a basic understanding of microbiology and toxicology as it applies to the water industry. Topics will include human body systems, cellular and genetic structures.

XWTP 0700 Microbiology

The purpose of this course is to expand on the microbiology basic principles covered in the XWTP 0690. Topics include bacteria, viruses, protozoa, algae and fungi. Sampling, detection and identification are also covered.

XWTP 0710 Toxicology

The purpose of this course is to expand on the toxicology basic principles covered in the XWTP 0690. Topics include defining of the various toxic containments found in water, toxicity testing procedures, and risk assessment.

XWTP 0780 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers

The goals of this course are to expand on the main principles covered in the XWTP 0470. The course will focus on how Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) handle typical process signals in both hardware and software terms. Topics will include advanced PLC instructions such as data manipulation PID and Math.

XWTP 0790 Industrial Communications and SCADA Systems

The Industrial Communications and SCADA Systems course will cover the communication technologies used in typical industrial control systems. Topics covered will start with basic principles such as serial vs. parallel communications and build up to Local Area Network (LAN) technologies such as Ethernet and DeviceNet. The principles of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are covered including control, data acquisition, logging and trending, The fundamentals of Human Machine Interface (HMI) systems including both soft and hard HMI’s will also be reviewed.

XWTP 0810 People Management

This course covers the principles involved in the effective management of people. The course starts with a look at management skills as it applies to yourself as a supervisor, manager or leader. Human resource management (HRM) policies and practices will be studies as it applies to water utility organizations.

XWTP 0820 Asset and Operations Management

This course focuses on the overall management of assets. Asset identification and maintenance will be reviewed as well as operation management as it applies to the leading, planning, organizing, coordinating and controlling of people and services at the plant with the goal of meeting the expectations of the customer. The importance of water conservation principles and practices will also be reviewed.

XWTP 0830 Financial Management

This course introduces the principles and practices of effective financial management as it applies to water utilities. Topics will include budget forecasting, planning and management as well as financial statement analysis.

XWTP 0900 Small Wastewater Operation Systems

This Small Wastewater Operation Systems course will introduce Small Wastewater Systems Operator to the numerous tasks and knowledge necessary in day to day operation such as wastewater characteristics, regulations, chemistry, collection, treatment and disposal.

Students will also be eligible to write an Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) Small Wastewater System certification examination if they have 50 hours over a six calendar months of hands-on experience in a wastewater collection and/or treatment.

XWTP 0910 Wastewater Characteristics & Sources

This course provides an introduction to the wastewater characteristics. It focuses on both domestic and industrial sources as they relate to the way wastewater is treated and disposed. Areas of study include basic descriptions of what is wastewater, why we have to treat wastewater, and the processes involved.

XWTP 0912 Industrial Wastewater Characteristics & Regulations

This course covers Industrial Wastewater pollution. It includes an introduction to industrial wastewater in Canada and treatment. Other topics include wastewater characteristics, regulation, legislation and an overview of treatment processes for industrial effluents.

XWTP 0920 Wastewater Collection & Pumping Systems

This course will introduce different pump systems involved with wastewater collection. The students will learn the difference between a dry well and wet well and the related maintenance issues, control practices used in pump stations, and be able to describe wastewater collection system operations and maintenance required.

XWTP 0922 Groundwater Pumps

This course covers principles of pumps as they apply to ground water treatment facilities. Various different types of pumps will be discussed as well as understanding how to read pump/performance curves. Other topics include pump maintenance and testing.

XWTP 0924 Water Distribution Systems

This course covers principles of piping, pumps and valves as they apply to the support systems in water treatment facilities. Topics include water distribution piping networks, water storage, pumping stations and system integrity.

XWTP 0930 Levels of Treatment in Wastewater

This course will illustrate what occurs once wastewater leaves the wastewater collection system and enters the treatment plant stage as well as equipment and processes common in wastewater systems and the knowledge necessary in day to day operations. Levels and methods of wastewater treatment will be explained.

XWTP 0940 Methods of Wastewater Treatment

This course will cover levels and methods of wastewater treatment including understanding and comprehension of the primary treatment process as well as physical-chemical treatment processes. Other topics will include maintenance and wastewater lagoon processes.

XWTP 0942 Energy Efficiency in Water & Wastewater Treatment Facilities

This course focuses on energy use and measures to improve efficiency of larger scale water supply and wastewater treatment utilities. Topics include energy conservation measures that are common to both water and wastewater treatment facilities; the supply side of the municipal water cycle including the extraction, treatment, and distribution of water and the demand side issues of water-use efficiency and water conservation; and finally, explores energy conservation in wastewater treatment plants as well as co-generation possibilities with the facility for energy generation.

XWTP 0950 Laboratory Principles of Wastewater

This course covers the importance of laboratory testing as well as the safety and hygiene precautions that must be taken when doing lab work. Topics will include why environmental monitoring is performed and sampling techniques with various parameters involved in the wastewater treatment process. The student will learn how to test and calculate laboratory parameters from wastewater data.

XWTP 0960 Secondary Wastewater Treatment

This course provides an in-depth look into the wastewater treatment processes and components and focuses on secondary wastewater treatment. Areas of study include descriptions of treatment processes and components for secondary treatment. Upon completion of the course the student should be able to understand and explain secondary wastewater treatment.

XWTP 0970 Advanced Wastewater Treatment

This course provides an in-depth look into the wastewater treatment processes and components focusing on advanced wastewater treatment. Areas of study include advance treatment targets and processes. Students will also learn about operation and maintenance as well as emerging issues and technologies including energy recovery, greenhouse gases, climate change and endocrine disrupting compounds.

XWTP 0990 Industrial Wastewater Treatment

This course covers industrial wastewater treatment processes used by different industries. Topics cover the various industries and treatment processes for wastewater as well as working examples of industrial wastewater treatment.