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 1 Wastewater Treatment Methods or Operation Of Wastewater Treatment Plants


The course objective is to provide an overview of the wastewater system to newcomers to the filed as well as experienced personnel. It includes instruction in the collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater.This course provides participants with an introduction to wastewater collection and treatment along with a brief review of the water cycle. The course covers sources and pretreatment of domestic waste as well as characteristics of wastewater. Experienced trainers guide the class through best practices and related standards utilizing classroom discussion and cover all associated laws specific to wastewater. The successful completion of this course qualifies the student to receive 20 hours of TCEQ wastewater operators licensing credit.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the importance of protecting water resources in the state of Texas
  • Discuss appropriate wastewater treatment based on bacterial, physical, and chemical characteristics
  • Discuss the complexity of a wastewater collection system
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply safety precautions to reduce the risk of accident or injury in the wastewater treatment plan environment
  • Calculate problems related to basic wastewater operations
  • Describe the role of the wastewater treatment plant operator in pollution control
  • Discuss the proper treatment of wastewater based on its source
  • Discuss the essentials of preliminary treatment and flow measurement
  • Recognize the importance of sedimentation and the factors that affect it
  • Discuss the fundamentals of the activated sludge process
  • Recognize the purpose of fixed film biological processes
  • Discuss appropriate methods of pond stabilization
  • Discuss sludge digestion processes
  • Recognize the methods of wastewater effluent disinfection commonly used in wastewater treatment plants

General Course Topics:

  • Wastewater treatment goals
  • The operator and the law
  • Wastewater characteristics
  • Domestic wastewater pretreatment
  • The collection system
  • Preliminary treatment and flow measurement
  • Sedimentation
  • Activated sludge process
  • Fixed film treatment
  • Stabilization ponds
  • Sludge processing
  • Disinfection
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

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

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes

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Supplemental Materials