Seventy-five percent of the earth is covered with water. Clearly, it's one of our most precious resources.
Pure, safe drinking water and clean, healthy rivers, lakes, and oceans don't just happen by themselves. It takes all kinds of people to find, build, maintain, and operate water and wastewater treatment systems. And these systems are everywhere -- wherever you find people.
About the Program
The Water Environment Technology program is designed to provide specialized training in the water and wastewater fields. Both theory and application are stressed in the program, tailored for both entry-level persons, as well as those already employed in the field.
Completion of the WET program will allow graduates the opportunity to take the entry level water and wastewater certification examinations administered by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
In the WET program, you will study the water treatment process for drinking water, wastewater treatment processes, water chemistry, and pollution prevention. Courses in utility management and maintenance complete the program. You will participate in two four-week practicums in actual industrial plants to obtain hands-on experience and qualify to take the entry-level certification tests.
Faculty - WET core courses are taught by local engineers, superintendents, lab analysts, and managers with up-to-date experience
Night Classes - Many courses are offered in the evenings to allow students the flexibility of maintaining full or part-time employment
Lab Facilities - The WET program is much more than class room lectures, utilizing many hands-on laboratory exercises
Site Visits - Many field trips and site visits are taken to local facilities, observing first-hand the application of theory learned in the class room
Careers and Job Outlook
The Water Environment field offers many rewarding career opportunities. New regulatory requirements have led to more work and more jobs each year. WET graduates are ready for many types of careers.
- Municipal water treatment and wastewater treatment
- Private water supply and environmental services companies
- Local, state and federal regulatory agencies
- Chemical and other manufacturing companies
- Equipment sales and service companies
- Consulting engineering and environmental firms
- Independent contractors
State of Michigan average yearly earnings is $40,220.
Source: Michigan Department of Career Development, 2010 State Occupational Employment, and Wage Estimates of Michigan Occupational Information System.
Check out the links below to learn more about this fascinating field.
American Water Works Association
Water Environment Federation
Michigan Water Environment Association
Cortland Wastewater Treatment Facility
Find Out More
Have questions or want more information? Contact:
WET program coordinator