Environmental Health and Water Quality Technology

two men in a body of water testing outdoor water quality

Program Information

  • Location: Mequon Campus
  • Pathway: Community & Human Services
  • Program Code: 10-506-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August

About the Program

Description

This program promotes environmental protection, improvement and sustainability, with a focus on protecting our water, food and air resources. Hands-on coursework includes techniques used to determine water, food, and air quality along with implementing needed corrective actions.

Career Pathway: You can earn the Water Technician certificate on your way to completing this associate degree.

Career Outlook

There is a steady need for technicians and specialists in water and air quality, food safety, field monitoring that includes lakes, rivers and streams, as well as other environmental careers.


man inspecting a water sample

Water Technician

This certificate program provides the core skills recognized by the water industry for an entry-level position. The water technician performs basic, hands-on technical work, and this program is intended to be the first step of a career pathway to increase the number of individuals gaining technical/engineering skills. Additionally, this certificate will enhance employment opportunities in the water sector for individuals with a college degree.

Detailed Program Information

Curriculum

TECHNICAL STUDIES

 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

   

(1)

 

ENVHEL-101

Introduction to Environmental Health and Water Quality

3

 

(1)

 

ENVHEL-102

Environmental Biology

4

 

(1)

 

ENVHEL-109

Applied Environmental Chemistry ^

4

 

(2)

 

ENVHEL-142

Principles of Water Resources ^

3

 

(2)

 

ENVHEL-145

Water/Wastewater Operations - Municipal

3

 

(2)

 

ENVHEL-173

Environmental Bacteriology

3

 

(3)

 

ENVHEL-104

Industrial Hygiene Technology ‡

4

 

(3)

 

ENVHEL-111

Applied Water Chemistry and Analysis ‡

4

 

(3)

 

ENVHEL-115

Air Pollution Technology ‡

4

 

(3)

 

ENVHEL-146

Water/Wastewater Operations - Industrial ‡

2

 

(4)

 

ENVHEL-105

Fundamentals of Hazardous Materials Control ‡

4

 

(4)

 

ENVHEL-119

Food and Dairy Quality Control ‡

3

 
(4)

 

ENVHEL-126 Environmental Lab Projects ‡ 3  
(4)

 

ENVHEL-127 Environmental Field Projects ‡ 3  
(4)  

ENVHEL-143

Interpersonal Communication Skills and Environmental Management ‡

3

 

GENERAL STUDIES

   
   

ENG-151

Communication Skills 1 ‡ ^

3

 
   

and ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 
   

 

(or) ENG-201‡ and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course
 

   
   

MATH-107

College Mathematics ‡ ^

3

 
   

 

(or) Any 200-series MATH course
 

   
   

PSYCH-199

Psychology of Human Relations

3

 
   

 

(or) Any 200-series PSYCH course
 

   
   

SOCSCI-197

Contemporary American Society

3

 
   

 

(or) Any 200-series SOCSCI or HIST course

   


TOTAL CREDITS: 65

 


‡ Prerequisite required.

^ Counts toward earning the Water Technician certificate.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For course descriptions, times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.
 

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Evaluate environmental health hazards (air, food, water, soil, etc.)
  • Conduct both field and lab environmental sampling/monitoring according to regulatory requirements and guidelines
  • Perform corrective actions to remediate environmental health hazards
  • Communicate measures for the prevention of environmental health hazards
  • Develop environmental technical records and reports
  • Perform safe work practices

Career Outlook

Graduates will have a solid foundation for a range of career opportunities that have a steady demand by employers, including the application of regulations and procedures to identify, evaluate, and control hazards.

Future Opportunities — If you are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree upon completion of the program, check with a program advisor and the institution you plan to attend regarding the transfer of MATC credits.

Possible Careers
Water Treatment Operator
Food Quality and Safety Inspector
Environmental Technician
Water Reclamation Operator
Environmental Health Specialist

Admission Requirements

One semester of high school-level algebra.

Scholarships

Learn about scholarship opportunities here.

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Questions?

Community & Human Services Pathway Office (Downtown Milwaukee Campus): 414-297-8837
Mequon Campus: 262-238-2200

Last updated: 01/24/2020