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WTM 205
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations


Credits: 3
Clock Hours per Quarter: 40

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:20    Lab Hours:20


Description
Provides training in the multiple stages of operations, equipment, and maintenance at a typical wastewater treatment plant. Reviews the science and flow of individual processes and their purpose to manage solids, improve water quality, and/or perform disinfection. Course available to students new to the field and incumbent workers in need of continuing education units. Prepares students for passing the Level I Wastewater Treatment Operator exam. Includes requirements to participate in one wastewater treatment plant tour and shadow wastewater treatment plant operators on at least one eight (8) hour shift. Prerequisites: EST 106, WTM 190, WTM 215, EST 150, and EST 201 or equivalent experience. Co-requisites: EST 202, WTM 221, and/or EST 250 or work in the wastewater industry.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Explain the critical processes to protect human health and improve environmental quality in a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Explain how solids are removed and water quality is improved throughout the states of wastewater treatment.
  • Identify commonly used equipment and major considerations for maintenance.
  • Use appropriate units of measure, produce unit conversions, and solve commonly used equations.
  • Describe the role of mass and energy balance equations in helping to determine or predict the effectiveness of a process.
  • Explain the role of health, safety, and environmental regulations on the governance of plant operations.

  • Course Topics
  • Brief history of wastewater and sanitation.
  • Clean Water Act and NPDES.
  • Regulations, permitting, and safety.
  • Preliminary: solids removal.
  • Primary: sedimentation of suspended solids.
  • Secondary: BOD, aeration basins, activated sludge, nitrogen and phosphorus removal.
  • Disinfection.
  • Solids management: waste activated sludge, de-watering, and anaerobic digestion.
  • Equipment.
  • Maintenance.
  • Process flow.
  • Third party certification exam preparation.
  • Resource recovery.

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    WTM 205
    Winter 2017
    1333
    Jason Selwitz
    WTM 205
    Winter 2017
    5116
    Jason Selwitz
    WTM 205
    Winter 2016
    1333
    Jason Selwitz
    WTM 205
    Winter 2016
    5116
    Jason Selwitz
    WTM 205
    Winter 2015
    1333
    Jason Selwitz


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
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    X
     
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.