Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Introduction to Wastewater Technology

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO/WATER/WASTEWA TECH

 Department:    ENVC

 Course #:    249

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    6.25

 CIP:    150506

 EPC:    862

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Introduction to the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants. Learn to analyze and solve operational problems including mathematical calculations relating to wastewater treatment process control. Covers plant safety, good housekeeping, equipment maintenance, and laboratory procedures.


Prerequisite: ENVC 101 and WMATH 100.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 33

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Become familiar with wastewater treatment facilities layouts and why waste is treated.
  2. Understand operations of wastewater racks, screens, and grit removers.
  3. Understand the mechanics behind sedimentation, flotation, and the use of trickling filters.
  4. Understand biological treatment processes, including activated sludge, stabilization ponds, and disinfection processes.
  5. Handle sludge and solids.
  6. Manage effluent discharge, reclamation and reuse.
  7. Understand plant safety.
  8. Become familiar with plant maintenance.
  9. Apply laboratory procedures and use appropriate chemical analyses.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.1 Analyze problems to determine what mathematical principles apply.
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

Course Contents

  1. Wastewater treatment facilities.
  2. Mechanical removal processes.
  3. Sedimentation and floatation processes.
  4. Trickling filter operation.
  5. Biological treatment operation.
  6. Disinfection processes.
  7. Sludge management and recycling.
  8. Plant safety and plant maintenance.
  9. Laboratory procedures.