2016-17 Course Catalog - 95
WET 161 (4 credits)
WET 256 (4 credits)
Drinking Water II
Prerequisite: WET 106
Prerequisite: WET 156
WET 166 (2 credits)
Administration/Rules and Regulations
WET 261 (4 credits)
Advanced Wastewater and Solids Handling
The course serves as an introduction to the equipment and
processes used in the treatment of wastewater. Students are
introduced to the different components of wastewater treatment
facilities, including racks and screens, grit removal, sedimentation
and floatation, trickling filters, rotating biological contactors,
activated sludge, wastewater stabilization ponds, and disinfection.
Topics such as why we treat wastewater, the duties of a wastewater
treatment plant operator, and NPDES permits are also introduced.
Covering the major areas of responsibility of a utility manager,
the course also includes the legal requirements of federal
legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
the importance of developing policies and procedures for dealing
with harassment, grievances, and violence in the workplace.
Students also discuss the financial management of a utility,
including assessing the financial strength and stability of the
utility, budgeting, and funding capital improvements. Finally,
the course introduces students to the Pennsylvania Department
of Environmental Protection regulations governing water and
wastewater treatment facilities.
WET 206 (5 credits)
Building upon the topics covered in WET 161, the course covers
conventional activated sludge processes, sludge digestion and
basic solids handling, effluent disposal, plant safety and good
housekeeping, plant and equipment maintenance, laboratory
procedures and chemistry, use of computers for plant operation
and maintenance, analysis and presentation of data, and records
and report writing. Operators also learn to analyze and solve
operational problems and to perform mathematical calculations
relating to wastewater treatment process control. A laboratory
component allows students to gain hands-on experience.
Prerequisite: WET 161
WET 211 (3 credits)
Print Reading/Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
This course introduces students to blueprint reading, geographical
information systems (GIS), and the types of blueprints students may
expect to encounter working in the water and wastewater industries.
This includes land development prints and water and wastewater
treatment facility prints. The GIS portion of the course introduces
students to GIS mapping as it relates to municipal services.
WET 216 (3 credits)
Topics include the operation and maintenance of industrial
wastewater treatment facilities, regulations governing industrial
waste, types of industrial waste, operation and maintenance of
flow measurement equipment, preliminary treatment processes,
physical-chemical treatment processes, and physical treatment
processes. Students are also introduced to the treatment of metal
Prerequisite: WET 106
The course introduces students to the practical aspects of
operating and maintaining water treatment plants. Topics covered
include drinking water regulations (including the Safe Drinking
Water Act), iron and manganese control, fluoridation, softening,
trihalomethanes, demineralization, handling and disposal of
process wastes, maintenance, instrumentation, and advanced
laboratory procedures. A laboratory component allows students
to gain hands-on experience.
Building upon the material covered in WET 161 and WET 206, the
course covers the equipment and advanced treatment processes
used for odor control, pure oxygen activated sludge treatment, solids
removal from secondary effluents, residual solids management,
enhanced biological control including nitrogen and phosphorus
removal, and wastewater reclamation. Additional topics such as
sludge types, characteristics, and quantities; sludge thickening
using gravity thickeners, dissolved air flotation units, centrifuges
and thermal conditioning as well as wet oxidation and elutriation;
dewatering with pressure filtration (plate and frame, belt, vacuum),
centrifuges and drying beds; volume reduction using composting,
mechanical drying, incineration, and lagoons; and disposal methods
for dewatered or liquid stabilized sludge are covered.
Prerequisite: WET 206
WELD 105 (3 credits)
Welding Blueprint Reading
A study of industrial blueprints. Emphasis on terminology,
symbols, graphic description, and welding processes, including
systems of measurement and industry standards. Interpretation
of plans and drawings used by industry.
WELD 110 (3 credits)
Oxy-Fuel Welding and Related Processes
Provides technical information and hands-on experience in flat,
horizontal, vertical and overhead positions using oxygen fuel
welding and cutting processes. Topics include rod sizes, common
flaws, types of welds, brazing operations and joint designs.
WELD 120 (3 credits)
Shielded Metal Arc Welding 1
The course develops skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW
I). Students will learn applications, set-ups, operations, and
troubleshooting of this processes. Significant hands-on practice
WELD 155 (3 credits)
Gas Metal Arc Welding
The course develops skills in Gas Metal Arc Welding I (GMAW).
Students will learn applications, set-ups, operations, and
troubleshooting of these processes. Significant hands-on practice
Academic Catalog * 95
If you would like to try to load the digital publication without using Flash Player detection, please click here.