Water Quality Technician

Do you dream of a rewarding career that contributes to the quality of life we experience? Then a career as a Water Quality Technician may be the perfect fit for you. The concern over water quantity and water quality issues is higher than ever, and as a result, the career opportunities for professionals trained in water quality technology continue to grow. Through our new Water Quality Technician program, you’ll become familiar with the workplace training needs of the sustainable energy, natural resources management and industrial fields.

Develop a variety of general industrial skills such as electrical and blueprint reading. Gain exposure to water processing facilities and get on-the-job experience analyzing the parameters of water, evaluating the effectiveness of water processing and learning how to operate and manage water processing and wastewater treatment systems.

This practical experience along with the advanced coursework during the second year ensures that you know what to expect when entering the workforce and, even better, that you’ll be ready for it. You’ll be ready to operate and manage water processing and wastewater treatment systems with confidence.

Faculty Contact

Drew Howing
Assistant Professor | Environmental Studies
712-362-7978 | dhowing@iowalakes.educreate new email

Program Details


DEGREE: Diploma (38 credits)

CAMPUS: Estherville


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Starting Salary: $28,849

Average Salary: $45,057

Special Certifications Available


Term 1

Credits: 3

Introduction to Water Resources is designed to provide the stu­dent with a basic understanding of surface water and groundwater resources, the environmental problems associated with these resources, and the techniques utilized to manage and use these resources.

Credits: 1

A study of the careers available within the renewable energy sec­tor, with an emphasis on analyzing renewable energy industries as related components of a dynamic system. Students will also learn about drafting cover letters, creating resumes, interviewing, and networking.

Credits: 4

Electrical Theory I is an introduction to basic electrical theory and components that make up electrical circuits. Direct Current and Alternating Current will be introduced and basic laws for voltage, current and power relationships will be presented in lecture and laboratory format. Course content will include, but not be limited to basic circuits, electrical components and their applications. Hands-on reinforcement of theory covered during lecture is prac­ticed in lab.

Credits: 5

Water Analysis is designed to provide the student with a basic un­derstanding of water pollution and its impact on water quality; the physical, chemical, and biological parameters utilized to determine the quality of water; and the laboratory techniques performed to measure those water quality parameters. Topic covered will include water quality and pollution, the analysis of physical and chemical water parameters, and the analysis of biological water parameters.

Credits: 3

Technical Math includes operations with real numbers, use of fractions, ratios, measurement conversion, algebraic equations, functions, geometry, and right angle trigonometry. Applications are designed around situations students may encounter in industrial settings

Credits: 1

Fundamentals, principles, and practices involved in producing and reading blueprints utilized in the different sectors of the renewable energy industry with a focus on basic blueprint reading.

Credits: 1

A study of principles and practices used to establish a safe and ef­ficient environment for personnel in the renewable energy industry and various sectors thereof. The course focuses on general indus­trial safety, safety and health regulatory agencies and organiza­tions, hazard recognition and correction, and first aid.

Term 2

Credits: 3

Maintenance and Repair of Pumps and Valves is designed to pro­vide the student with a basic understanding of the types of pumps and valves used in water processing and wastewater treatment facilities. Topics covered will include the principles of pump and valve usage, the types of pumps and valves found in water pro­cessing and wastewater treatment facilities, and pump and valve inspection, maintenance and repair.

Credits: 3

This course is designed to prepare students for the oral and writ­ten communication situations in the working world. The major ar­eas of study include technical communication principles, oral com­munications, composing technical documents, and using Standard English. Writing projects require the use of a word processing program; therefore, computer experience is recommended.

Credits: 5

Water Processing is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the characteristics of processed water, the technologies utilized to process water, the operation of water distribution and processing systems, and the laboratory techniques performed to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of water processing.  Topics covered will include water processing I, water processing II, water processing III, and water distribution and processing systems operation.

Credits: 5

Wastewater Treatment is designed to provide the student with the understanding of the characteristics of wastewater, technologies utilized to treat wastewater, operation of wastewater collection and treatment systems and the laboratory techniques performed to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of wastewater treatment. Topics covered will include introduction to current issues in water and wastewater treatment operations, basics of wastewater treatment and basics of water and wastewater solids, treatment and management.

Credits: 3

This course discusses motor controls, components, operation, and service. Students will learn electric relay control of AC and DC motors along with troubleshooting motors in an industrial application.

Credits: 3

This course is designed to provide the student with a basic under­standing of the hydrology and hydrologic characteristics of water, the characteristics and capacity of the components of distribution systems and collection systems and the procedures performed to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of distribution and collec­tion systems. Topics covered will include hydraulics and hydrolo­gy, water distribution systems, and wastewater collection systems.

Credits: 3

Students are given the opportunity to apply human relations concepts and evaluate experience and observations. Social skills required in various occupational settings will be developed, emphasizing how appropriate personal attitudes lead to social and business success.

Credits: 3

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior; a brief history of psychology as a science, and topics fundamental to human behavior including developmental issues, sensory abilities, cogni­tive performance, social and emotional factors in behavior, and abnormal behavior and therapies.

Credits: 3

A survey course applying basic sociological concepts, theories, and methods to examine society, culture, cultural institutions, cultural diversity, and cultural stability and change.

Choose either EVS 274 or EVS 284
Choose either BUS 161, PSY 111, or SOC 110

† indicates a course that fulfills the diversity requirement. This course may also fulfill another general AA requirement.