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water &
environmental
technology
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
requires that operators of drinking water and wastewater
treatment facilities are certified. Certification is obtained
through a combination of exams and operating systems.
The completion of an approved associate degree program
significantly reduces the number of years of operating
experience required for certification. Students in the Water
and Environmental Technology program gain the knowledge,
skills, and abilities necessary for successful completion of
Department of Environmental Protection examinations.
Courses in the Water and Environmental Technology
program are designed to meet the knowledge, skills, and
ability requirements tested on the Pennsylvania Department
of Environmental Protection certification exams. This
will include courses covering topics such as water and
wastewater treatment; water distribution and wastewater
conveyance systems; geographical information systems
(GIS); equipment maintenance; solids handling; basic
electricity; plant administration; and rules and regulations.

94 * Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:
A graduate of this program will be able to do the following:
* Describe
the
major
processes,
equipment,
instrumentation, laws, and regulations associated with
the collection and treatment of wastewater.
* Describe
the
major
processes,
equipment,
instrumentation, laws, and regulations associated with
the conveyance and treatment of potable water.
* Perform water and wastewater calculations involving
flow, volume, surface area, disinfection, solids removal,
retention time, and chemical feed rates.
* Analyze and improve operational
* procedures at water treatment and wastewater
treatment facilities.
* Prepare, analyze, interpret, and report results of water
and wastewater sample testing.
* Maintain a safe working environment as outlined by
federal and state regulations.
* Describe the Safe Water Drinking Act and its
implementation.
* Identify and describe the common diseases associated
with water supply and sewage.
* Demonstrate the monitoring duties of water treatment
operators.
* Describe the areas of safety to be considered in water
treatment, storage, and laboratory testing.
* Describe
the
operation,
components,
and
troubleshooting procedures for motors and electrical
circuits.
* Determine and employ optimization strategies for water
treatment and wastewater treatment processes and
treatment facilities.



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