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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

Certification as a water treatment plant operator requires the skills presented in this class. This course serves as a refresher to those who may feel intimidated by basic math, algebra, or using formula sheets. Instructor: S. Rider

DCB 1735 CRN 90307 T/R 8/26-9/2 6-8pm Remote $129 

Grade A Water Operator

Topics in this course include operator qualifications and responsibilities, water quality control, co­agulation, sedimentation, filtration, pH and alkalinity adjustment, iron and manganese removal, water softening and chlorination, bacteriological laboratory techniques, emergency planning, safety, hydraulics and pumps, process calculations and distribution system operation and maintenance.

PSP 1500 90308 T/R 9/9-12/7 6-9pm Remote $1,746 (includes course texts)

Grade B Water Operator

This course is designed for operators of plants providing treatment for disinfection by chlorina­tion, iron and manganese removal, corrosion control, emergency planning, safety, hydraulics and pumps, and process calculations are covered.

PSP 1504 90311 T/R 9/9-11/09  6-9pm   Remote $1,347 (includes course texts)

Grade C Water Operator

This course is designed to provide the student with a basic background in the principles and practices of water treatment.

PSP 1507 90312  M/W  9/20-11/1  6-9pm  Remote $975 (includes course text)

Grade D Water Operator

This course of study is designed for operators of distribution systems serving greater than 1,000 people. Topics include pressure zones, booster stations, storage tanks, fire protection and disinfection.

PSP 1508 90313  M/W 11/8-12/8  6-9pm  Remote $724 (includes course text) 








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