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Water and Wastewater Technician

Algonquin College
Program overview
42 weeks
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024
Algonquin College

Program description

Water and Wastewater Technician

Gain the knowledge and skills to ensure the safety of Canada`s water supply.

The Water and Wastewater Technician Ontario College Diploma program equips you with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage water and wastewater infrastructure. The water and wastewater management field has been subjected to increasingly rigid legislation, due to ongoing public health concerns. This program teaches you how to deal with the demands on water quality professionals.

This condensed 42-week program allows you to complete a two-year diploma program in only three terms, making it an intensive, but rewarding experience.

Through a series of courses in advanced chemistry, biology and mechanical systems, you are able to make informed decisions in your day-to-day career. Learn how to:

  • prevent waterborne illnesses
  • manage industrial waste
  • operate off-site wastewater treatment units.

Learn using theoretical and applied approaches, in labs and in the field. Using industry-standard equipment, you acquire the most up-to-date skills and knowledge possible.

Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy paying attention to fine details without losing sight of the big picture.
  • Care about the environment and public health issues, and find related work to be rewarding.
  • Want to work in a lab environment, and in the field.
  • Envision themselves as responsible, key members of an essential and indispensable team.

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent), is recommended.
  • Biology, Grade 11 or 12, is recommended.
  • Chemistry, Grade 11 or 12, is recommended.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with a minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Communications I
  • Ecology
  • Mathematics for Water and Wastewater
  • Health and Safety
  • Hydraulics for Water and Wastewater
  • Water and Wastewater Chemistry
  • Water and Wastewater Chemistry Lab
  • The Science of Water and Wastewater Practices
  • Preventing Waterborne Illness

Level: 02

  • Technical Communication for Engineering Technologies
  • Achieving Success in the 21st Century
  • Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection
  • Water and Wastewater Maintenance
  • Water Resource Management
  • Computer Applications in Water and Wastewater
  • Water and Wastewater Microbiology
  • Water and Wastewater Microbiology Lab
  • Entry-Level Course for Drinking Water Operators
  • Wastewater Treatment

Level: 03

  • Industrial Wastewater Management
  • Solid Waste Disposal and Treatment
  • Environmental Law
  • Water Treatment
  • Water and Wastewater Operations
  • Water Treatment Laboratory
  • Wastewater Treatment Laboratory
  • Field Techniques
  • Choose one from equivalencies:
    • General Education Elective

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Work independently and with others to conduct tests related to water and wastewater in the lab and field.
  2. Analyze and interpret test results for clients or supervisors.
  3. Provide mechanical and electrical maintenance management at various water and waste water facilities.
  4. Collaborate with individuals in testing and troubleshooting equipment at water and wastewater plant facilities.
  5. Make decisions based on an understanding of Ontario environmental legislation affecting wastewater treatment plants, scope and authority of certificates of approval, and owner/operator responsibilities.
  6. Collaborate on basic design concepts and operational techniques of industrial and municipal water treatment systems.
  7. Collaborate with others in providing emergency responses to plant issues.
  8. Contribute to the design of water supply pumping systems, pipe networks and distributed storage reservoirs.
  9. Develop and implement risk management strategies for hazardous and non-hazardous industrial waste.
  10. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career opportunities

This program prepares students to become water and wastewater treatment operators. Graduates may find employment as compliance officers and water analysts with municipal and provincial governments, as well as lab assistants in private and public laboratories.

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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