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, Water Piping, or Wastewater Collections


The course objective is to operation and maintenance of wastewater collection system. This course includes instruction in the importance of wastewater collection. In this course, the student will learn the regulatory requirements of collection systems and collection system design parameters.This course covers practical aspects of operating and maintaining a wastewater collection system. During the training, participants are provided information about wastewater operator licensing and collection system designs. Participants will learn safety procedures for inspection, proper testing of collection systems, inspection of manholes, and underground repair. The successful completion of this course qualifies the student to receive 20 hours of TCEQ wastewater operators licensing credit.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the process in constructing a collection system
  • Identify the various hazards to which a collection system worker is exposed
  • Discuss the techniques used in the management of a collection system
  • Solve mathematical problems pertaining to a wastewater collection system
  • Recognize the importance of wastewater collection
  • Describe state regulatory requirements concerning the collection of wastewater
  • Describe the design of a wastewater collection system
  • Discuss the use of life stations within the collection system
  • Describe the methods in the maintenance and operation of the collection system
  • Discuss the need for industrial waste monitoring

General Course Topics:

  • Introduction to wastewater treatment collection
  • State requirements
  • Composition and characteristics of wastewater collection system design
  • Industrial waste monitoring construction
  • Preliminary and primary treatment lift stations
  • Secondary treatment: biological treatment maintenance and operation
  • Suspended growth systems: ponds collection system safety
  • Activated sludge process industrial waste monitoring
  • Fixed film systems: trickling filters and rotating biological contactors collection system management
  • 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:

  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations

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Supplemental Materials