Water Treatment Plant Management

  • Program Title: Water Treatment Plant Management
    Credential: Diploma
    Delivery: Online
    Program Length: 3 Semesters (1 year)
    Program Availability: Full-time or Part-time
    Offered: This program is available starting every Monday.

    Program Description


    This program covers all topics of drinking water treatment: source water quality, conventional treatment processes and chemicals, membrane treatment, finished water quality, and drinking water regulations. Participants will study specific treatment processes in detail. This course also examines common operating problems and suggests solutions to ensure water quality. During the first semester participants will be introduced to the complex functions of water treatment plants. This program explains all the major unit processes from pre-treatment and filtration through disinfection and fluoridation.

    Students have a total of fifty-two (52) weeks to complete their program requirements, starting from the date of their first course.

    Learning Outcomes


    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

    1. Work independently and with others to conduct tests related to water and waste water in the lab and field.
    2. Analyze and interpret test results for clients or supervisors.
    3. Provide mechanical and electrical maintenance management at various water and waste water facilities.
    4. Collaborate with individuals in testing and trouble shooting equipment at water and waste water plant facilities.
    5. Make decisions based on an understanding of Ontario environmental legislation affecting waste water treatment plants, scope and authority of certificates of approval, owner/operator responsibilities.
    6. Collaborate on basic design concepts and operational techniques of industrial and municipal water treatment systems.
    7. Collaborate with others in providing emergency responses to plant issues.
    8. Contribute to the design of water supply pumping systems, pipe networks and distributed storage reservoirs.
    9. Develop and implement risk management strategies for hazardous and non-hazardous industrial wastes.
    10. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

    Your Career


    The Water Treatment Plant Manager is responsible for of the water plant in order to ensure that residents have safe and clean water in accordance with federal, territorial and municipal legislation, policies and standards.

    Reporting to the Public Works Foreman, the Water and Waste Water Manager maintains the water plant. This includes maintaining the water and sewer treatment plant and facilities. The delivery of safe and clean water is vital to the safety and health of the community. Failure to provide adequate services will jeopardize the health of the community. Failure to meet federal, territorial and municipal legislation and water quality standards will significantly jeopardize the health and well-being of residents and may result in liability for the municipality. Failure to deal with residents and the public in a courteous and respectful manner will lead to complaints concerning municipal services.

  • Admission Requirements


    College Eligibility

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; OR
    • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate; OR
    • General Educational Development (GED); OR
    • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program).

    Call the Admissions Office at 1 (800) 267-2577 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

    Application Process
    Program intake – Apply to this program by visiting our Registration page. If you are entering into this program as a mature student please attach your resume when submitting your registration information online.

  • Courses


    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Semester 1
    Basic Study Skills
    Introduction to Water Distribution Systems
    Wastewater Treatment
    Sizing and Protecting the Water Supply System
    Water Treatment Supplies and Methods

    Semester 2
    Potable Water Treatment
    Sizing Water Supply Piping
    Water Pressure Booster and Recirculating Systems
    Servicing Piping Systems & Fixtures
    System Start-up and Shutdown

    Semester 3
    Procedures Documentation
    Water Treatment Plant Design
    Wastewater Collection
    Operation and Maintenance Procedures
    Interpersonal Skills
    Introduction to Project Management

    Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided on our website. The College reserves the right to modify any course, program, curriculum, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time.

  • Course Descriptions


    Semester 1
    Basic Study Skills
    This course will enable students to assess their current study skills and plan for improvement. Students will practice time-management techniques for successful studying. Students will learn to develop powerful reading skills and practice memory techniques to enhance ability to learn and improve test performance. This course will also help students to develop specific study skills for mathematics and related subjects and implement an action plan to improve them.

    Introduction to Water Distribution Systems
    Identifies the major components of water distribution systems and describes their functions. Reviews water sources and treatment methods and covers supply and distribution for the different types of systems that trainees will install on the job.

    Wastewater Treatment
    Focuses on the basics of conventional wastewater treatment. Examines the uses of racks, screens and sedimentation tanks. Discusses the processes of sedimentation, floatation, trickling filters, rotating biological contactors, activated sludge, oxidation ditches and ponds and disinfection. Covers the kinds of water problems encountered in heating and cooling systems and identifies various water treatment methods and equipment. Examines conventional activated sludge, sludge digestion, solids handling, and effluent disposal. Discusses the operation, maintenance and management of a wastewater treatment plant with an emphasis on safe practices and procedures.

    Sizing and Protecting the Water Supply System
    Teaches techniques for sizing water supply systems, including calculating system requirements and demand, developed lengths, and pressure drops. Also reviews the factors that can reduce efficiency of water supply piping. Introduces the different types of backflow prevention devices and explains how they work, where they are used, and how they are installed in water supply systems.

    Water Treatment Supplies and Methods
    Covers basic water chemistry and properties. Discusses methods of determining water supply requirements and considerations for supply systems. Discusses infrastructure, measurement of water supply capability, water supply appurtenances, fire department connections, and typical city water pits.

    Semester 2
    Potable Water Treatment
    Explains how to disinfect, filter, and soften water supply systems. Discusses how to troubleshoot water supply problems, flush out visible contaminants from a plumbing system, and disinfect a potable water plumbing system.

    Sizing Water Supply Piping
    Teaches techniques for sizing water supply systems, including calculating system requirements and demand, developed lengths, and pressure drops. Also reviews the factors that can reduce efficiency of water supply piping.

    Water Pressure Booster and Recirculating Systems
    Builds on trainees’ previous experience with pumps, storage tanks, controls, and pipes and fittings by explaining how to assemble those components into systems that boost water pressure and provide hot water.

    Servicing Piping Systems & Fixtures
    Explains how to diagnose and repair water supply and drainage piping, water heaters, and other appliances and fixtures. Describes the effects of corrosion, freezing, and hard water on plumbing systems.

    System Start-up and Shutdown
    Covers procedures for the start-up of hot water and steam heating systems, chilled water systems, and forced air distribution systems. Emphasis is on start-up after initial equipment installation or after an extended period of shutdown. Includes procedures to prepare the same kinds of systems for extended periods of shutdown.

    Semester 3
    Procedures Documentation
    Explains the importance of proper documentation to ensure correct installation and avoid future rework and possible unintentional releases. Emphasizes the need to properly document the actual installation using written reports and photographs. Includes causes of and responses to water damage, and provides a case history of an unintentional release.

    Water Treatment Plant Design
    Provides general guidelines for managing the design and construction phases of a water treatment project. Principal design and construction phases for both preliminary design and final design are examined.

    Wastewater Collection
    Focuses on the aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater collection systems. Examines the processes of wastewater collection as well as the need for collection system operation and maintenance. Outlines safety procedures required for construction, inspection and testing of sewers, the inspection of manholes and underground construction and repair.

    Operation and Maintenance Procedures
    Focuses on maintenance and management of wastewater collection systems with an emphasis on safe practices and procedures. Examines the operation of lift stations, operation and maintenance of pumps, valves and motors as well as sewer rehabilitation.

    Interpersonal Skills
    Discusses the values and expectations of the workforce, building relationships, and satisfying stakeholders. Describes the principles of effective communication, applying the management grid, and using relationship skills to create a leadership environment. Also discusses behavioral interviewing and professional development of personnel.

    Introduction to Project Management
    Introduces the role and responsibilities of project management, including technical and management skills and an overview of the phases in a construction project. Describes alternate project delivery methods.

  • Fees & Expenses


    Tuition fees listed are in effect for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    • Application Fee: $100.00
    • Textbooks: $975.00
    • Postal Fee: $49.00
    • Tuition Fee: $3,825.00

    Total Tuition & Fees: $4,949.00

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