Course Summary
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2.5 days (20 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate


The course objective is to apply techniques for the proper operation of a groundwater system.This course introduces participants to the origins and sources of groundwater, its physical and chemical characteristics as well as treatment protocols. In addition to these topics, students will discuss considerations for well location, construction issues, and factors related to spring-fed systems versus aquifers. The successful completion of this course qualifies the student to receive 20 hours of TCEQ water operators licensing credit.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the physical characteristics of aquifers in Texas
  • Outline the procedures in constructing a well
  • Give example of the characteristics of groundwater
  • Explain groundwater treatment alternatives
  • Solve mathematical problems pertaining to the groundwater systems
  • Explain groundwater production
  • Summarize the considerations used in selecting a well site
  • Describe disinfection requirements for groundwater
  • Discuss the types of pumps and motors used in groundwater operations
  • Outline procedures for proper operation of a groundwater system
  • Summarize safety precautions for the safe operation of a groundwater system
  • Outline reporting requirements for groundwater systems

General Course Topics:

  • Introduction to groundwater
  • Aquifers
  • Well location
  • Well construction
  • Groundwater characteristics
  • Groundwater treatment
  • Disinfection
  • Pumps and motors
  • Well operation and maintenance
  • Safety
  • Records and reports
  • Calculations
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Classroom Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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Supplemental Materials