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"It has been estimated that almost 50% of today's water and wastewater operators will retire within the next five to seven years. They'll need to be replaced." - The American Water Works Association 

Water and Wastewater operators serve their neighbors by protecting public health. They are the first line of defense against waterborne diseases, and our guardians of water quality.  SUNY Ulster’s training programs satisfy the necessary requirements dictated by the NYS Department of Health for Grades A, B, C, and D Water Treatment Plant Operators, as well as the education needed to work in a Wastewater Treatment facility as an approved training provider by the Department of Environmental Conservation. SUNY Ulster also provides continuing education training for certified Water/Wastewater operators. 

Course Offerings

These courses are approved by the NY State Department of Health for pre-certification training. Under Part 5 of the NY Sanitary Code, all NY State Grades A, B, C, and D Water Treatment Plant Operators are required to complete an approved training program as a prerequisite to becoming certified.

Math for Water Operators

Develop a clear understanding of how to perform everyday water and wastewater operator math calculations.

DCB 1735 CRN 30215 T/R 1/5-1/12 6-8pm Remote $129 

Basic Wastewater Operations

Designed to train operators in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. Information presented includes the role and responsibilities of a treatment plant operator, an explanation of why wastes must be treated, and detailed descriptions of the equipment and processes used in a wastewater treatment plant.

PSP 1502 CRN 30216 T/R 1/14 -3/25 6 – 9:15pm Remote $1029  Price includes 2 textbooks

Basic Wastewater Lab

Designed to give students as an introduction to wastewater laboratory including chemical nomenclature; laboratory safety; description of glassware, chemicals, lab equipment, and instrumentation; quality assurance, flow measurement and sampling.

PSP 1501 CRN 66843 T/R 3/30-5/4 6-9:15pm Remote $639 Price includes textbook

Activated Sludge

Required for candidates applying for certification for an activated sludge or “A” facility. Developed to instruct how to efficiently operate the activated sludge portion of a wastewater treatment plant. Control strategies and application of laboratory data are presented. Safety and regulatory recordkeeping are emphasized.

PSP 1503 CRN 66844 T/R 5/6-6/8 6- 9:15pm Remote $569  Price includes textbook







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