Course Summary
Credit Type:
ACE Course Number:
Organization Course Number:
2.5 days (20 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 Wastewater Treatment or Operation Of Wastewater Treatment Plants


The course objective is to provide an overview of the wastewater system to newcomers to the field as well as experienced personnel. In this course, the student will learn about the origin and characteristics of wastewater; and also learn basic safety measures regarding your wastewater system.This course course covers practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. In addition to the information provided about state requirements, participants will learn about the composition and characteristics of wastewater, secondary treatment processes, disinfection of wastewater, and laboratory controls. The successful completion of this course qualifies the student to receive 20 hours of TCEQ wastewater operators licensing credit.

Learning Outcomes:

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

General Course Topics:

  • Introduction to wastewater treatment
  • State requirements
  • Composition and characteristics of wastewater
  • Industrial waste monitoring
  • Preliminary and primary treatment
  • Secondary treatment: biological treatment
  • Suspended growth systems: ponds
  • Activated sludge process
  • Fixed film systems: trickling filters and rotating biological contractors
  • Advanced treatment processes
  • Sludge digestion, dewatering, and disposal
  • Chlorination and disinfection of wastewater
  • Application of laboratory control determinations
  • Records and safety practices
  • Calculations
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials