Water Operations and Maintenance Certificate

Program Description

Water Operations and Maintenance Certificate

The American Water Works Association estimates that almost 50% of today’s water and wastewater operators will retire within five to seven years. They will need to be replaced.

Water operations and maintenance encompasses all the techniques and processes necessary to provide and distribute clean, safe drinking water to homes and businesses.  Water operators and maintenance staff work in water treatment plants and distribution systems to control water treatment and distribution processes, run and maintain equipment, and monitor water quality.

Students who complete this program will:

  • Gain a solid educational foundation for the concepts and skills needed to work in the water industry
  • Gain hands-on experience working in a water utility
  • Have the knowledge to sit for the Illinois Class D Water Operator License

Required courses:

  • Basic Drinking Water Operations or Basic Wastewater Operation – evenings 3 hours per week
  • Basic Maintenance – evenings – 3 hours per week
  • Math 081 (Basic Algebra or higher)
  • Chem 110 Introduction to Chemistry (college credit)
  • 11-12 week internship
  • Optional – Advanced Drinking Water Operations or Advanced Wastewater Operations – evenings 3 hours per week

To build your course schedule in this program, contact Julie Gelaude for an advising appointment.
gelaudej@bhc.edu | 309-796-5716