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water and environmental technology (WET)
WET 106 (3 credits)
Wastewater Collection

This course provides students with an introduction to the
practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater
collection systems with a focus on the knowledge and skills
operators need to identify collection system problems and
select appropriate methods to solve them. Students learn
the components and typical layouts of collection systems,
and be introduced to safety procedures for construction,
inspection, and testing of sewers, inspection of manholes,
and underground construction and repair. Students learn
the basics of closed-circuit television inspections, clearing
stoppages, cleaning sewers, and controlling roots, grease,
odors, and corrosion in collection systems, and learn to
solve arithmetic problems relating to the operation and
maintenance of wastewater collection systems.

WET 111 (2 credits)
Drinking Water Distribution

Students learn about the practical aspects of operating
and maintaining water distribution systems, emphasizing
safe practices and procedures, including the role and duties
of water distribution system operators, procedures for
operating and maintaining clear wells and storage tanks,
and components and characteristics of distribution system
facilities. The course covers the basics of operating and
maintaining distribution systems, maintaining water quality
in the system, disinfecting new and repaired facilities as well
as water delivered to consumers. Techniques for recognizing
hazards and developing safe procedures and programs is
also taught.

WET 116 (4 Credits)
Water Resources

Introducing students to topics such as the properties of
water, water resources management, sources of water,
management of storm water, and water quantity and quality
requirements, this course provides an understanding of the
characteristics of surface water and groundwater sources
and examines the impacts of urbanization on runoff.
Students discuss the relationship between the hydrological
cycle and the treatment of water and wastewater and gain
hands-on experience through laboratory exercises, case
studies, and field trips, as appropriate.

WET 121 (2 credits)
Safety, Health, and Security

An introduction to safety, health, and security procedures
to address the hazards and risks associated with operating
and maintaining water and wastewater systems. Students
learn about industry accepted safety practices to provide
the workforce with a safe working environment. Students

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learn to identify and predict hazards in the work environment
and learn proper use of personal protective equipment. The
biological and chemical hazards associated with operating
treatment facilities is also covered. Students are introduced
to safety and emergency preparedness and the importance
of coordinating activities with other agencies.

WET 156 (4 credits)
Drinking Water I

An introduction to the equipment and processes used in the
treatment of drinking water, the course introduces students
to different sources of water, reservoir management, and
intake structures. Students learn how to safely operate and
maintain coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration,
and disinfection processes. Topics such as the control of
tastes and odors in drinking water, the Lead and Copper Rule,
and solving arithmetic problems related to water treatment
plant operations are also covered. Students are introduced
to daily operating procedures, regulation of flows, chemical
use and handling, records and reports, plant maintenance,
safety and security, emergency conditions and procedures,
handling complaints, and energy conservation.

WET 161 (4 credits)
Wastewater I

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.
Prerequisite: WET 106

WET 166 (2 credits)
Administration/Rules and Regulations

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.



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