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Drinking Water and Wastewater – Sewage – Treatment

Wastewater (Sewage) Treatment – (Class 3 and Class 4)
Instructor: L. Perry
This course will help prepare you for the Class 3 and Class 4 wastewater operators’ state exam administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). Go to to view the eligibility requirements to take the exam. This course can be applied toward meeting wastewater operator certification requirements. The course follows the guidelines of Basic Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations developed by the Environmental Resources Training Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Required textbook must be purchased at the Hawk’s Hub (the college bookstore) prior to first class. The textbook is the same book used for the fall Wastewater class.
Topics include:
•​Introduction to wastewater​
•​Collection systems
•​Lift stations ​​
•​Flow measurement
•​Stabilization ponds ​​
•​Sampling and laws governing treatment plants chlorination
11 Wednesdays​​     Feb. 18-Apr. 29        ​6-8:45 p.m. ​
CRN 11577​             STB-Rm. 114 ​​           Tuition Fee $242

Black Hawk College, Sustainable Technologies Building (STB) (Next to Building 2)
6600 – 34th Avenue, Moline IL
BHC Hawk’s Hub (bookstore) information
For a list of PaCE books, visit the Quad-Cities Hawk’s Hub page.
Click on “Buy Books – QC Campus” then click the box marked Adult Ed. Books may be purchased at the bookstore or online.
Wastewater (Sewage) Treatment – (Class 1 and Class 2)​
This course will help prepare you for the Class 1 and Class 2 wastewater operators’ state exam.
Some of the topics that will be covered include:
•​Activated Sludge
•​Chemical Addition
•​Primary Treatment
•​Pumps and Pumping
•​Tertiary Treatment
Next class will start fall 2015.

Beginning Drinking Water
Prepare for certification as a class C and D Public Water Supply Operator. Subjects covered include: well and distribution system operation and maintenance, basic water flow hydraulics and chemical dosage mathematics, Environmental Protection Agency laws, chlorination and fluoridation.
For those currently working in Water Departments:
The course meets the mandated renewal continuing education requirements for the Drinking Water Operator Certificate. Class C and D operators will be awarded 15 hours and Class A and B operators 30 hours of training credits.
Next class will start September 2015.

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau Statistics Job Outlook

Employment change
•​Employment is expected to grow by 11 percent between 2012 and 2022.
•​Growing population and increased demand for water and wastewater treatment services will drive employment growth.
•​New and existing plants expanding will increase demand.

Job prospects
•​Applicants for these jobs are normally low, because of the physically demanding and unappealing nature of some of the work.
•​Opportunities should be best for people with mechanical aptitude and problem-solving skills.

•​Median annual wages of water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators were $42,760 in May 2012.

For more information regarding the water/wastewater program, call 309-796-8223