Water Treatment

Why Choose NPC's Water Treatment?

Having a certificate from NPC in water supply and treatment or wastewater collection and treatment can help you land a job in the water treatment field or provide you with the training needed for career advancement. Employers prefer applicants knowledgeable in water-quality technology as it reduces their training responsibilities and demonstrates the applicant's commitment to working in this field.

NPC offers two certificates of proficiency in the water treatment areas: one in wastewater collection & treatment; one in water supply treatment. These courses help prepare you to pass the required state of Arizona Operator Certification License Exam and prove your competency to work in the water treatment field.

About Our Program

NPC's three courses in water supply and treatment teach you water science, hydraulics and mathematics, safety, maintenance, management, processes and legal issues. Additionally, instruction in other topics covered by the program is adjusted and prioritized based on the most current Arizona certification exams to help prepare you for the state test.

NPC also offers three courses in wastewater collection and treatment that teach effective preparation, analysis and interpretation of wastewater samples and the treatment of wastewater for disease control. As above, other topics of study are prioritized based on the most recent Arizona certification exams to prepare you for state testing.

Degree/Certificate Options

Two Certificates of Proficiency (CP) are offered by the NPC Industrial Maintenance &
Operations
program:

  • Water Supply Treatment (18 cr.) – three six-credit hour courses:
    Water Supply & Treatment I, II & III.
  • Wastewater Collection & Treatment (18 cr.) – three six-credit hour courses:
    Wastewater Collection & Treatment I, II & III.

Career Opportunities

Job growth for water treatment plant operators is predicted to increase much faster than the average for all jobs in the U.S. over the next decade. If you have good problem solving skills, mechanical aptitude and some computer knowledge, you may want to consider this specialized field. While you generally start work as an attendant or assistant operator, training can provide you with the knowledge required for state certification to become a full-fledged operator. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the average annual salary in Arizona of a treatment plant operator at $43,540. (May, 2012)

Contact Us

Royce Kincanon, Community & Corporate Training

Career & Technical Education Division
Silver Creek Campus -- Snowflake/Taylor
Student Center (SNC), Rm. 124

(800) 266-7845, ext. 6239
Fax: 
928-536-6212

Completion/Cost Data

2012-13