Environmental Technology

Massasoit’s Environmental Technology Program provides students with the coursework and skills necessary to pursue one of the many careers in the environmental technology eld. The drinking water and wastewater certicate programs prepare students to successfully meet state and employer requirements for a drinking water distribution or treatment technician or a wastewater treatment plant operator.

Students will become competent in the technical aspects of their eld and will be able to communicate technical information in both verbal and written formats. Students will also strengthen computer and mathematical skills to enhance on-the-job performance. Focused technical training will prepare students to take the state required licensing exam in their respective areas.

These certicate programs are stackable. Coursework completed for a certicate can be applied towards an Associate degree. In addition, work completed for an Associate degree can be applied towards a Bachelor degree at a four-year institution. This approach allows a student to choose minimal training with immediate employment, or to continue on for further education. In addition, a student can return for more training at any step along the way, without having to restart their course of study.

Admittance into the program is by open admission. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a certificate.


Environmental Technology Certificate Requirements

Basic Drinking Water

• Introduction to Environmental Science
• Beginning Excel
• Beginning Word
• English Composition I
• Math Elective *
• Drinking Water Distribution
• SCADA

* = Math elective may include Mathematical Literacy for College Students, Prep for College Math II or III, Intro to Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Contemporary Math, Topics in Math I or II, or higher math

A minimum of 16 credits and 7 courses is required for completion. The same course may not be used for different course requirements.

Advanced Drinking Water

• Survey of Chemistry or General Chemistry I
• Hydrogeology and Water Quality
• Drinking Water Treatment
• Math Elective*
• HAZWOPER and conned space

* = Math elective may include Prep for College Math III, Inter. Algebra, Contemporary Math, Topics in Math I or II, or higher math

A minimum of 16 credits and 5 courses is required for completion. The same course may not be used for different course requirements. Students are eligible for this certificate after successful completion of the Drinking Water Basic Certificate.

Basic Wastewater

• Introduction to Environmental Science
• Beginning Excel
• Beginning Word
• English Composition 1
• Intermediate Algebra or Preparation for College Math elective*
• Wastewater Treatment 1
• SCADA

* = Math elective may include Mathematical Literacy for College Students, Prep for College Math II or III, Intro to Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Contemporary Math, Topics in Math I or II, or higher math

A minimum of 16 credits and 7 courses is required for completion. The same course may not be used for different course requirements.

Advanced Wastewater

• Survey of Chemistry or General Chemistry I
• Wastewater Treatment 2
• Hydrogeology and Water Quality
• Math Elective*
• HAZWOPER and conned space

* = Math elective may include Prep for College Math III, Inter. Algebra, Contemporary Math, Topics in Math I or II, or higher math

A minimum of 16 credits and 5 courses is required for completion. The same course may not be used for different course requirements. Students are eligible for this certificate after successful completion of the Basic Wastewater Certificate.

About 30% of the current water industry workforce will be eligible for retirement in 5 to 10 years resulting in 1,200 to 2,400 job openings in Massachusetts. State, municipal, and private employers have expressed the need for workers with more than a high school diploma. Workers in the water industry take great pride in their jobs, as clean water is vital to our public health, the environment, and the economy. The industry offers many opportunities for career advancement. These jobs are guaranteed to stay local, so they are a great long-term career path.

These certificates prepare students to become certified drinking water or wastewater operators and strengthen computer, mathematical, and communication skills. Students also become familiar with public health and environmental issues. Certificates require 15 to 27 credits of coursework, non-credit technical courses, and a passing of the state operator exam. Course work can be applied towards an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree.