Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprenticeship

Program Number: 50-527-1
School Year: 2020-2021
Campus: Online
This program is NOT eligible for financial aid

Learn the skills needed to become an effective wastewater operator through the three-year Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprenticeship at Moraine Park.

About the Program

Whether you have the mechanical aptitude or are a problem-solving guru, Moraine Park’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprenticeship is designed to turn students into effective wastewater operators that the complex water industry needs. This three-year program will cover everything required to successfully prepare students for wastewater jobs. Students can take their education to the next level by earning advanced certifications in the trade.

What You'll Learn

Students will learn how to monitor, maintain and adjust a wide variety of systems found in wastewater treatment plants through hands-on learning and on-the-job training. Classes, which are taught by highly skilled instructors who work in the field, teach students how to adjust sludge thickness on flotation thickeners and collect various samples.

Application Information
Application Requirements
Training Period
Working Conditions
Approximate Costs
Program Outcomes
Career Opportunities
Admission Process
Transfer Opportunities
Additional Information
Application Information

For apprenticeship application information, please contact a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Representative at 262-335-5849.

Application Requirements

Applicants should be 18 years of age and submit an apprentice and employer application to their Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Representative. See representative information.

Training Period

The Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprenticeship consists of approximately three years, including approximately 5,568 hours of on-the-job learning and 432 hours of paid related instruction.

Working Conditions

Wastewater operators require a moderate level of physical strength. They must frequently stand for long periods in uncomfortable positions. Since much of their work is outdoors, wastewater operators are exposed to various weather conditions.

Approximate Costs
  • $136.50 per credit (resident)
  • $204.75 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.
Program Outcomes
  • Operate pre-treatment and collection systems.
  • Manage wastewater treatment plant processes.
  • Operate wastewater treatment plant facilities and equipment.
  • Maintain wastewater treatment plant equipment and technology.
  • Manage wastewater treatment plant bio-solids programs.
  • Communicate plant and wastewater treatment specific information effectively.
  • Promote a safe work environment for self and others.
  • Perform management related duties based on need.
  • Manage laboratory testing, equipment, and reporting.
  • Utilize computers and wastewater treatment technologies.
  • Comply with wastewater treatment regulations.
Career Opportunities
  • Wastewater Plant Operator
  • Wastewater Treatment Equipment Sales Representative
  • Environmental Technician
  • Wastewater System Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Industrial Waste Technician
Admission Process

Apprentice students do not complete standard admissions with Moraine Park. Interested students should contact:

Tim Budda, Apprenticeship Training Representative
Email: timothy.budda@dwd.wisconsin.gov

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

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    Semester 1
    527-100Introduction to Wastewater Treatment3
    804-107College Mathematics3
    Total 6
    Semester 2
    527-103Conventional Wastewater Treatment3
    527-111Water Chemistry4
    Total 7
    Semester 3
    527-105Advanced Wastewater Treatment Processes4
    527-120Hydraulics of Water and Wastewater3
    527-136Equipment Maintenance and Instrumentation4
    Total 11
    Related Electives (Unpaid Related)
    455-455Required - Transition to Trainer, Your Role as a Journeyworker.2
    Total N/A
    Total Credits24