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Environmental Engineering-Waste & Water Technology Program Code 105062

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The Environmental Engineering-Waste and Water Technology program prepares learners to maintain the quality of water, air, waste, and other materials, through testing, analysis, and monitoring to keep the environment and community healthy and safe. This program will meet a need for environmental engineering technicians in Northeast Wisconsin.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment for diverse employers such as industrial facilities, municipalities, utilities and governmental agencies in the following areas:

. Recycling coordinators establish, coordinate, and promote recycling programs and operations often turning old products and waste from industrial processes into useful, environmentally safe raw materials.

. Environmental Engineering Technicians apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientist. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.

. Recycling and Resource Manager utilizes best management practices to manage organizational resources and recycling and resource programs impacting the culture, community and business practices of an organization.

. Water and Waste Water Treatment Plant and System Operators, operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer to treat water or wastewater.

. Water Resource Specialists design and implement programs and strategies related to water resource issues such as supply, quality, and regulatory compliance issues.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Environmental Engineer
. Environmental Health and Safety Manager

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Program Outcomes

. Identify, monitor and evaluate environmental hazards
. Examine the effects of pollution
. Determine strategies to minimize or prevent waste in order to reduce impact on the environment
. Create and maintain environmental reports in accordance with applicable standards
. Utilize applied science and mathematical skills to modify test and operate equipment used in the prevention, control and remediation of environmental issues, including waste and water treatment
. Perform periodic inspections in compliance with applicable standards
. Use effective oral and written communication skills
. Utilize problem solving skills
. Perform safe work practices

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
. Courses required for mastery of algebra skills (real numbers, algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, word problems and measurements).
. The student will either provide proof of having completed course work in Windows, Word and Excel or pass a proficiency test.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Compass) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Algebra: 45; Reading: 70; Writing Skills: 74. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.


Students following the study plan below will complete the Environmental Engineering-Waste & Water Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.


10-403-100 Blueprint Reading Intro
10-506-146 Intro to Environmental Science
10-506-147 Environmental Biology
10-804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps
10-806-134 General Chemistry
* 10-890-101 College 101

10-506-148 Environmental Chem Analysis
10-506-149 Intro to Environ Compliance
10-614-113 2D Essentials
10-620-100 Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
10-620-101 Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
10-620-165 Fluids 3: Inter Hydraulics
** 10-801-136 English Composition 1
10-804-196 Trigonometry w Apps

10-506-150 Environmental Microbiology
10-506-151 Wastewater Treatment & Analys
10-506-152 Ind. Safety & Emerg. Response
10-606-113 CAD
10-620-121 Mechanics 1: Basic
10-620-122 Mechanics 2: Intermediate
10-664-100 Automation 1: Control Logic
10-664-101 Automation 2: Motor Control
10-801-197 Technical Reporting

10-506-154 Air Pollution Control Systems
10-506-155 Water Treatment & Analysis
10-506-156 Solid and Hazardous Waste
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology


Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.
**Students completing General Studies courses at NWTC must earn a "C" or better in English Composition to enroll in Technical Reporting.


These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-403-100 BLUEPRINT READING INTRO ...develop the knowledge skills process and understanding of site plans, footings and foundations, floor plans, elevations, below-grade piping, above-grade piping, isometric piping diagrams, schedules and details, electrical floor plans, lighting, ventilating, and air conditioning.

10-506-146 INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE introduction to the basic principles of environmental science including ecology, energy, resources, waste management, air, water, and soil pollution.

10-506-147 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY ...environmental problems are examined from scientific, ethical, economic and sociological perspectives. Emphasis is placed on protection of the human environment with discussion of environmental issues and environmentally related public health concerns. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Environmental Engineering program)

10-506-148 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEM ANALYSIS ...laboratory techniques are performed to determine the suitability of supply sources and purification processes in the water and wastewater industries. (Prerequisite: 10-806-134, General Chemistry)

10-506-149 INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE introduction to regulatory concepts and requirements for compliance with environmental regulations by governmental and non-governmental entities.

10-506-150 ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY...a study of the background and role of bacterial analysis. Sampling and analytic methods including quality control procedures and environmental parameters are studied and related to applicable standards. (Prerequisite: 10-506-147, Environmental Biology)

10-506-151 WASTEWATER TREATMENT & ANALYSIS ...physical, chemical, and biological principles of operation of wastewater treatment systems. The basic unit processes, control parameters, and mathematical problem-solving related to collection systems and treatment facilities are introduced. Laboratory procedures and practices involved with operation of wastewater analysis and treatment including industrial waste treatment technologies. (Prerequisite: 10-506-148, Environmental Chem Analysis)

10-506-152 INDUSTRIAL SAFETY & EMERGENCY RESPONSE ...state and federal regulations related to worker safety, industrial hygiene, and response to emergency situations. Emphasis is placed on response to releases of hazardous materials.

10-506-154 AIR POLLUTION CONTROL SYSTEMS ... air quality problems, federal and state regulatory mechanisms, and the types of emission control technology currently available. Monitoring emissions and ambient air quality are addressed.

10-506-155 WATER TREATMENT & ANALYSIS ... Physical, chemical, and biological principles of operation of water treatment systems. The basic unit processes, control parameters, and mathematical problem-solving related to treatment facilities and distribution systems are introduced. Laboratory procedures and practices involved with operation of water analysis and treatment. (Prerequisite: 10-506-148, Environmental Chem Analysis)

10-506-156 SOLID AND HAZARDOUS WASTE ...identify the hierarchy of and regulations related to solid and hazardous waste, the waste stream, pollution prevention and disposal strategies. Learn detection techniques and proper transporting and handling methods.

10-606-113 CAD (COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING) aided drafting using AutoCAD software focusing on template settings; creating and manipulating layers; basic drawing, editing, and inquiry commands; blocks and attributes; and plotting. (Corequisites: 10-607-119, Intro to Civil Engineering Technology OR 10-606-119, Technical Sketching OR 10-614-113, 2D Essentials)

10-614-113 2D ESSENTIALS ... an introduction to technical communication, annotation, geometric construction, model, orthographic and pictorial, section and auxiliary views and dimensioning.

10-620-100 FLUIDS 1: BASIC PNEUMATICS ...what fluid power is, differentiate between hydraulics and pneumatics, implement basic pneumatic circuits, utilize schematics, apply Pascal's Law, define properties of fluids, implement airflow control and hydraulics cylinder circuits.

10-620-101 FLUIDS 2: BASIC HYDRAULICS ...hydraulic pumps, basic hydraulics actuator circuits, hydraulic schematics, apply Pascal's Law, summarize the effects of fluids friction, define properties of hydraulic energy, design hydraulic circuits with directional control valves. (Corequisite: 10-620-100, Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics)

10-620-121 MECHANICS 1: BASIC ...mechanical drive system components related to V-belt drives, chain drives, and gear drives.

10-620-122 MECHANICS 2: INTERMEDIATE ...mechanical drive system components related to multiple shaft drives, heavy-duty V-belt drives, synchronous belt drives, lubrication, and alignment. (Corequisite: 10-620-121, Mechanics 1: Basic)

10-620-165 FLUIDS 3: INTERMEDIATE HYDRAULICS of cylinder actuating circuits with pressure-compensated flow control valves, how to control pressure, pilot-operated check valve applications, accumulator operation and application, hydraulic motor types and applications. (Corequisite: 10-620-101, Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics)

10-664-100 AUTOMATION 1: CONTROL LOGIC ...electric motor control components such as switches, relays, starters, transformers; and safely mount and install motor and motor control components and perform related wiring and troubleshooting of motor control circuits.

10-664-101 AUTOMATION 2: MOTOR CONTROL ...electric motor control components such as sensors, timers and counters. (Corequisite: 10-664-100, Automation 1: Control Logic)

10-804-118 INTERM ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS ...algebra content with applications. Topics include properties of real numbers, order of operations, algebraic solution for linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomial and rational expressions, operations with rational exponents and radicals, algebra of inverse, logarithmic and exponential functions. (Prerequisites: Compass Algebra = 45 or ACT-Math 21 or 10-834-110, Elem Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Compass-Reading=70 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 4 cr.

10-806-134 GENERAL CHEMISTRY ...covers chemistry fundamentals. Topics: metric system, problem-solving, periodic relationships, chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, properties of water; acids, bases, and salts; and gas laws. (Prerequisites: Compass Pre-Algebra=27 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Compass Reading=77 or ACT-Reading=17 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 4 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=74 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-196 TRIGONOMETRY WITH APPLICATIONS ...topics include circular functions, graphing of trigonometry functions, identities, equations, trigonometric functions of angles, inverse functions, solutions of triangles complex numbers, DeMoivre's Theorem, polar coordinates, and vectors. (Prerequisites: Compass College Algebra=60 or ACT-Math=24 or 10-804-118, Intermediate Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Compass Reading=70 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Introduction to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.