Water Quality Management

Not accepting new applicants for any Water Quality Management programs. Classes are open for existing students only.

Program Description

The Water Quality Management program* prepares students for entry-level employment as technicians in the water processing industry. Course and lab work provide students with knowledge of the regulatory expectations, the science involved in meeting regulatory expectations, the equipment used to process water, and the systems management skills necessary to enter and be successful in the water processing industry.  

Water quality technicians work in teams to operate drinking water treatment systems and wastewater treatment systems. Students in program prepare to become qualified professionals who plan, test for quality, and operate complex equipment to acquire and deliver high quality drinking water or process wastewater for return to the environment.

Program Strengths

  • Provides students with an understanding of the science involved in meeting regulatory expectations
  • Instruction on the equipment used to process water
  • Curriculum emphasizes the necessary systems management skills
  • Provide students necessary information to pass state examination for state license.

Career Opportunities

  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Water Treatment Plant Technician
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Technician
  • Water Resource Specialist
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Water Chemist

Contact Information

Office of Student Services
WCCC, Bishop B102
2508 Blichmann Avenue

WQMS 100 Introduction to Water Quality3 Credits

Introduction to the water and wastewater treatment field and the various applied science concepts that are used to operate, maintain and monitor water quality; includes the hydrological cycle, water sources, hydraulics, ecosystems, pollution, water chemistry, water calculations, microbiological aspects of water and water quality control.

WQMS 105 Specific Calculations for Water Quality Management4 Credits

An in-depth study of the calculations associated with water and wastewater treatment; includes dimensional analysis, manipulation of conversation factors, geometric figures, velocities, detention time, surface loading, filtration and backwash rates, porosity, weir overflow rates, efficiencies, weight of dry solids, sludge pumping, settleable solids, volatile solids, mean cell residence times, settleability, disinfection and chemical dosage as relating to trickling filters, ponds, RBC, and activated sludge.

WQMS 106 Mechanical/Physical Treatment3 Credits

Introduction to wastewater treatment; includes the technician and their responsibility, effects of waste discharges, natural cycles, solids in waste discharges, natural cycles, solids in wastewater, NPDES permits, collection systems, pretreatment, primary treatment, secondary treatment, advanced treatment, flow measuring, solids handling and disposal.

WQMS 109 Water Distribution3 Credits

Purpose, selection and location of water storage facilities and the operation and maintenance of related equipment; includes storage facilities and capabilities, booster pumps, water mains and appurtenances, joints, pipe protection and installation, valves, fittings, hydrants, quality standards, contaminants and degradation inspection and monitoring, system troubleshooting, surveillance, cross connections, pressure main breaks, corrosion control, disinfection and emergency planning.

WQMS 116 Conventional Surface Water Treatment3 Credits

Coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtering, corrosion and taste and odors; includes descriptions, operating procedures, associated calculations, start-up and shut down procedures, laboratory tests, troubleshooting, maintenance, safety and records.

WQMS 118 Wastewater Collection Systems3 Credits

Purpose, components and design of collection systems; including safety procedures, inspection and testing, pipeline cleaning and maintenance, underground repair, lift stations and sewer rehabilitation.

WQMS 119 Basic Water Quality Analysis4 Credits

Relation of laboratory control tests to the chemistry of water and wastewater treatment. Students gain the skills and techniques to operate within a laboratory; includes laboratory equipment and instrumentation-identification, set-up and calibration, safety, sample collection and preservation, written reports and laboratory tests. Laboratory testing includes hardness, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen, biochemical oxygen demand, chlorine residual, pH, phosphorus, dissolved solids, total solids, suspended solids, turbidity, Langlier index, fluoride and biomonitoring.

WQMS 125 Wastewater Certification Review for Class C & D3 Credits

Preparation of students for the operator's certification test in wastewater at the C and D level. Topics include wastewater principles, mathematics, hydraulics, conventional treatment of wastewater, wastewater sedimentation, Colorado Water Quality Control Act, biological treatment of wastewater, effluent standards for wastewater, sludge handling and disposal, disinfection, pumps, safety, housekeeping, and laboratory analysis.

WQMS 126 Safety and Security Systems3 Credits

Exploration of all applied safety aspects in the water and wastewater industry. Topics include development of safety policies and programs, job safety orientation, driving practices, CPR/First Aid, Permit Required Confined Spaces (PRCS), air monitoring and displacement requirements, treatment equipment, construction vehicles/equipment, chlorine and other chemical handling, and security and safety standards as determined by the Bioterrorism Preparedness Act of 2002.

WQMS 127 Water Quality Utility Management3 Credits

Introduction to the fundamental business practices that are utilized in managing a water or wastewater utility. Topics include the functions of a manager, planning, organizing, staffing, public relations, financial management, regulatory compliance, safety, and operations and maintenance from a management perspective.

WQMS 150 Troubleshooting in Water Quality3 Credits

Exploration of troubleshooting practices and procedures for chemical adjustments, equipment failures (electrical, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic), source contamination, system control procedures, and redundancies.

WQMS 195 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 6 credit hours.

WQMS 200 Hydraulics for Water Quality Management4 Credits

Introduction to the mathematical principles of density, specific gravity, pressures, horsepower and energy costs, velocities, weirs, parshall flumes, venturi meters, California Pipe method, flows from open end pipes, settling velocities and classification of flows.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

WQMS 202 Small Water Systems Operation and Maintenance3 Credits

Introduction to the practical, hands-on aspects of the safe and effective operation and maintenance of small water system collection, treatment, and disposal. Topics include the safe operation and maintenance of small water treatment plants, lift stations, and other facilities.

WQMS 203 Water Quality Small Wastewater Systems3 Credits

Introduction to the practical, hands-on aspects of the safe and effective operation and maintenance of small wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal systems. Topics include the safe operation and maintenance of small water treatment plants, lift stations and other facilities, and maintenance and rehabilitation of collection facilities for the small wastewater system operator.

WQMS 212 Drinking Water Regulations4 Credits

Knowledge and skills to establish a compliance program for a water treatment facility using ground water, surface water, or ground water influenced by surface water sources. The student will learn all regulatory requirements for microbiological and chemical contamination (organic, inorganic, and radio) for monitoring and reporting operations.

WQMS 216 Biological and Bacteriological Water Quality Analyses4 Credits

Exploration of microorganisms associated with all phases and concerns of water and wastewater treatment including bacteria, protozoa, and algae. Topics include: microorganisms used in treatment, pathogenic indicators, regulations, health hazards and laboratory safety. Laboratory work involves media preparation, coliform testing, standard plate count, algae identification, activated sludge examination, volatile acids/alkalinity and biomonitoring.