Water Environmental Technology Career Academy (Offered Online Only)
This innovative online program provides students with real-world experience in the high-demand fields of water and wastewater management and treatment.
This program provides training and educational experiences that will prepare you for further education and certification examinations.
Graduates of a WET degree program work in municipal water and wastewater treatment plants and the collection systems and distribution systems that serve them.
$23.64/hour or $49,170
$38.69/hour or $80,480
Water Treatment Systems
$22.00/hour or $45,760
Water Environmental Technology Courses
* Course offerings may vary. Visit your nearest Kirkwood location website or high school for local course options.
WAT-300 | Water Analysis | 3 credits
Introduces basic laboratory safety and gravimetric, spectrophotometric electrochemical, titrimetric and microbiological methods. Students learn the procedures for regulatory sampling and safety, and specific analytical procedures for total residue, fluoride, pH, ammonia, acidity, alkalinity, calcium, chloride, hardness and coliform analysis. Along with reading assignments from the text, the course is enhanced with up-to-date photographs, interactive exercises and online links.
WAT-304 | Water Treatment I | 4 credits
Explores the rudiments of water treatment. Students learn regulatory monitoring, iron manganese removal, filtration, coagulation, flocculation, fluoridation and disinfection. Along with reading assignments from the text, the course is enhanced with audio, up-to-date photographs, interactive exercises and online links.
WAT-305 | Water Distribution Systems | 4 credits
Provides a working knowledge of potable water distribution systems. Students learn about water storage facilities, operation and maintenance of water mains, water quality issues, disinfection and safety. Along with reading assignments from the text, the course is enhanced with audio, up-to-date photographs, interactive exercises and online links.
WAT-307 | Wastewater Treatment I | 4 credits
Explores the rudiments of wastewater treatment. Students learn water pollution control, preliminary and primary treatment, fixed film processes and suspended growth systems. Along with reading assignments from the text, the course is enhanced with up-to-date photographs, audio, interactive exercises and online links.
WAT-932 | Internship | 3 credits
Offers a supervised training period in a water or wastewater treatment plant. The student participates in the routine daily operation and maintenance of the host water or wastewater treatment facility.
Career and Transfer Opportunities
The Water Environmental Technology program comes to you via Environmental Technology Online. The classes were developed by the Kirkwood Community College Environmental Training Center. Students may transfer credits from this program to the University of Northern Iowa toward a bachelor’s degree in technology management.
If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at www.kirkwood.edu/fouryeartransfer.