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water quality technology


    Video: Water Quality Technology

    Program Number: 10-527-2
    School Year: 2019-2020
    Associate of Applied Science Degree
    Campus: Online
    This program is eligible for financial aid

    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 courses and an on-the-job internship (Water Quality Research can be taken as an alternative for students unable to secure an 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.

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $45,000

    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

    • 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

    Visit the Admissions Page for details


    Number Title Crs
    Semester 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
    Semester 2
    527-103 Conventional Wastewater Treatment 3
    527-111 Water Chemistry 4
    527-131 Surface Water Supply and Treatment 3
    801-1xx Communication Course 3
    809-1xx Social Science Course 3
    Total 16
    Semester 3
    527-105 Advanced Wastewater Treatment Processes 4
    527-120 Hydraulics of Water and Wastewater 3
    527-129 Utility Management 3
    527-136 Equipment Maintenance and Instrumentation 4
    809-1xx Behavioral Science Course 3
    Total 17
    Semester 4
    527-125 Industrial Wastes 3
    527-150 Advanced Water Treatment 3
    527-171 Water Quality Internship 3
     - OR - 
    527-173 Water Quality Research 3
    809-195 Economics 3
    Total 12
    Required Elective Credits 3
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 63

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Program Guide

    For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

    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.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.