Water Quality Technology

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Program Number: 10-527-2
School Year: 2015-2016
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus*: Online
FLEx Degree

Program Description

Moraine Park’s Water Quality Technology program provides students with the skills and training to perform testing, analysis and treatment to community and industrial water supplies. Water Quality technicians are responsible for ensuring that the water we use is safe and that discharge water is processed effectively. Their work combines the precision and accuracy found in the biochemical laboratory with operational aptitude and troubleshooting skills. Each day, municipalities and industries generate billions of gallons of wastewater that must be collected, analyzed and treated.

Program graduates also have employment opportunities as environmental technicians and field service technicians at companies that design and install water treatment equipment for municipalities and manufacturing companies.

This associate of applied science degree offers targeted instruction and practical experience through online Internet-based courses and an on-the-job internship. Geographical location of the student does not matter, as long as the student can access the Internet. Completion of the degree can occur from anywhere on the globe.

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze and improve operational procedures at water treatment and wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Test, analyze and treat community and industrial water supplies and wastewater.
  • Analyze and improve equipment maintenance programs for water treatment and waste treatment facilities.
  • Determine flow rate in hydraulic designs to control treatment processes and treatment facilities.
  • Determine industrial waste treatment strategies to minimize impact of waste streams.
  • Determine and employ optimization strategies for water treatment and wastewater treatment processes and treatment facilities.

Career Opportunities

  • Environmental Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Industrial Waste Technician
  • Wastewater System Technician
  • Water Plant Operator
  • Water Treatment Equipment Sales Representative

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Water and Wastewater Operator Certification

Moraine Park offers courses and seminars to help students prepare for various Department of Natural Resources certification exams and also offers continuing education courses to maintain certification. These courses are scheduled throughout the year at various locations within Wisconsin.

Visit www.morainepark.edu/watercert for more information.

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
527-100 Introduction to Wastewater Treatment 3
527-130 Groundwater Supply and Distribution 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
804-107 College Mathematics 3
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 15
Term 2
527-103 Conventional Wastewater Treatment 3
527-111 Water Chemistry 4
527-131 Surface Water Supply and Treatment 3
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
 - OR - 
801-197 Technical Reporting 3
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
Total 16
Term 3
527-105 Advanced Wastewater Treatment Processes 4
527-120 Hydraulics of Water and Wastewater 3
527-136 Equipment Maintenance and Instrumentation 4
527-129 Utility Management 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 - OR - 
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Total 17
Term 4
527-171 Water Quality Internship 3
527-125 Industrial Wastes 3
527-150 Advanced Water Treatment 3
809-195 Economics 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total 15
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 63

Exit Assessment

527-150 Advanced Water Treatment includes an exit assessment which is a graduation requirement for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

Academic Planner

Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

Note: Students who, due to location, cannot come to the campus to complete the placement test or admissions meeting can call 1-800-472-4554 or 920-924-3207 for other accommodation options.

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