Wastewater Collection and Treatment System Operations

Seneca College Certificate


Overview

This part-time online certificate program provides learners with the knowledge of practices, theories, and applications relevant to wastewater collection and treatment systems. Students will be introduced to concepts in wastewater treatment as applied to municipal and compatible industrial environmental systems. Students will explore support systems mainly pertaining to pumps, motors, and processes in wastewater collection treatment. Graduates of this program will have sufficient knowledge to write various level certification examinations. Courses within this program may also be of interest to wastewater operators who are seeking continuing education units (CEUS) that are recognized by the Ontario Water Wastewater Certification Office (OWWCO).

This NEW online certificate will be available in September 2021. Register for courses starting on July 5th, 2021.

Career Opportunities

Water operators serve their communities by protecting public health and the natural environment through the responsible treatment of drinking water and wastewater. Due to the demand for clean water, positions in the water/wastewater industry will always be present. People who enjoy working with their hands and have an interest in biology, chemistry, and mathematics are well-suited for this profession. Opportunities can be found throughout the province in municipalities as well as with various operating authorities across Ontario.

Certified operators are responsible for performing duties such as conducting operational checks; adjusting, testing, or evaluating a process that controls the effectiveness or efficiency of a drinking water subsystem or wastewater facility; and adjusting or directing flow, pressure, or quality of water or wastewater.

This certificate is intended for those wanting to work in the water industry as well and for current water operators in the water industry who are seeking professional development opportunities. This certificate can open doors that will lead to a variety of careers in the drinking water industry and those completing it will have potential to be a vital member of the water operations team.

Employment areas include:

  • Water treatment operator
  • Water distribution operator
  • Field technician
  • Environmental inspector
  • Sampling technician
  • Municipal inspector

Entry Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)

OR

Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Students are strongly encouraged to observe listed course pre-requisites unless they have a good understanding of electrical theory or have previous industrial experience in electrical and power systems.

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Curriculum

WAT100
Applied Math for Water and Wastewater Operation
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This course is intended to provide students with the basics of math and chemistry as applicable to the operation of water and wastewater systems. The basic concepts in unit conversions, area, volume calculations, and density are discussed. Students are introduced to math for chemistry under the topics of concentration, feed solutions, liquid chemicals, molarity, normality,and organic loading. The main objective of the course is to lay a solid foundation in math and chemistry concepts which are required to understand and apply to the operation of water and wastewater systems. This course will prepare students for the math component in various levels of operator certification examinations with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.




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WAT101
Applied Hydraulics for Water and Waste Operations
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This course is intended to provide students with the basics of hydraulics as applicable to the operation of water and wastewater systems. The basic concepts in flow, detention time, pressure, energy, head,and power are discussed. Students are introduced to the use of continuity and energy concepts. The application of continuity and energy equation is illustrated by numerical problems from the areas of water and wastewater. The main objective of the course is to lay a solid foundation in hydraulics concepts which is required to understand and apply to the operation of water and wastewater systems. This course will prepare students for the hydraulic component in various levels of operator certification examinations.




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WCT100
Wastewater Operator in Training Certification Preparation
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This course is intended to provide the students with the basics as related to the operation of wastewater collection and treatment systems. Students will be introduced to topics including conversions, math, chemistry, hydraulics,and electricity. This course will also include topics on support systems relating predominantly to pumps and motors and processes in wastewater collection and wastewater treatment. At the end of the course, students will be prepared to write the operator in training certification examination with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.




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WCT101
Wastewater Treatment Certification Level I/II
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This is an introductory course in water treatment and presents basic knowledge and practices, theories, and applications relevant to wastewater flows and characteristics, basic treatment processes, and plant operations. In addition, students will study wastewater characteristics, preliminary treatment, primary treatment, stabilization ponds, secondary treatment, sludge processing and disinfection. Related concepts in chemistry, math, hydraulics, equipment, and safety legislation are also reinforced.




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WCT102
Wastewater Treatment Certification Level III/IV
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The purpose of this course is to present advanced knowledge of practices, theories, and applications relevant to wastewater flows and characteristics, treatment processes, and plant operations. Topics covered in Wastewater Treatment Certification Level I & II including activated sludge process, disinfection, sludge processing and plant operation are covered in more detail and depth. This course will prepare students to write higher-level certification examinations in wastewater treatment.




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WCT103
Wastewater Collection Certification Level I/II
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This is a fundamental course in wastewater collection. This course will introduce students to the practice and application of wastewater collection which is relevant to public health. Topics include wastewater flows and characteristics, basic treatment processes, system components, sewer mains, lift stations, pumps and pumping, manholes and wastewater collection operations. Related concepts in math, hydraulics, equipment, and safety legislation are also reinforced. Students should have already passed the Wastewater Operator-In-Training certification examination or equivalent.




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This NEW online certificate will be available in September 2021. Register for courses starting on July 5th, 2021.

Program Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Formulate unit conversions and area and volume calculations of various devices and pipes in water and wastewater systems.
  2. Have good working knowledge in math, biology, chemistry, hydraulics and electricity as applicable to wastewater systems.
  3. Calculate area and volume as related to wastewater operations and devices.
  4. Apply the principles of hydraulics to find flow rates, pressures and pumping head and power in water flow systems.
  5. Calculate the operating efficiency of pump and determine its performance; determine pump power for given operating conditions.
  6. Understand operation of pumps and motors.
  7. Understand basic elements of electricity and electric motors.
  8. Identify the parameters of wastewater quality and sampling requirements for compliance and process control.
  9. Describe the basic principles of safety as applied to wastewater operations.
  10. Describe the main processes and operations employed in wastewater collection.
  11. Explain the processes and equipment employed in wastewater treatment systems.
  12. Describe main preciseness for sludge treatment and disposal.

Graduation/Convocation

When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Residency Requirements

A Faculty of Seneca College may recommended a student for a certificate, diploma or degree only after the student has earned a minimum of twenty-five percent of the credit for that program at Seneca.

Minimum Performance for Graduation

Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing in their current program of study.

A student will be eligible to graduate from a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or graduate certificate program if they have achieved a minimum graduating GPA of 2.0. For more information, see the Student Progression and Promotion Policy.

Program Contacts

Cherry Langlois
Program Assistant
Cherry.Langlois@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22921


Tina Kotsiomitis
Academic Program Manager
Tina.Kotsiomitis@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22515