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Environmental Engineering-Waste & Water Technology Associate Degree

Program Code: 105062

This associate degree program is designed to meet the need for environmental engineering technicians in Northeast Wisconsin. As a program grad, you're equipped with skills to analyze and test water, wastewater, air, and solid waste to ensure environmental protection and compliance while maintaining community health and safety. Typical careers include environmental engineering technician, water and waste water treatment plant and system operator, water resource specialist, environmental lab technician, environment compliance officer, water quality sampler, quality control inspector, and recycling coordinator. Program students have the option to be certified in 40 hour HAZWOPER WDNR Wastewater, Water, and/or Landfill Operator with completion of coursework and independent testing. With additional education, you may receive a BS in Environmental Engineering Technology.

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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

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• 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.
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Green Bay
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Marinette
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Sturgeon Bay
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Environmental Engineering-Waste & Water Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-506-146 INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE ...an introduction to the basic principles of environmental science including ecology, energy, resources, waste management, air, water, and soil pollution.
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. (Prereq: A 2.6 GPA AND Algebra 2 or equivalent w/C or better; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 17 AND ACT Math score greater/equal to 21; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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 or preprogram)
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-103-131 MICRO: EXCEL-INTRODUCTION ...creating a worksheet, enhancing worksheet appearance, moving and copying data, using formulas and functions, creating charts and using clip art. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics.
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
10-506-161 HYDRAULICS AND HYDROLOGY ...Hydrostatic pressure, continuity of flow, conservation of energy, flow in pipes under pressure, open channel flow, sewer design, rainfall, urban and agricultural runoff. (Prerequisite: 10-804-113, College Technical Math 1A with a "C" or better)
10-804-114 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1B ...topics include: performing operations on polynomials; solving quadratic and rational equations; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; and oblique triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: 10-804-113, Tech Math 1A with grade C or better)
10-607-236 AUTOCAD & CIVIL 3D ...covers AutoCAD working with templates, creating and manipulating layers; basic drawing, editing, and inquiry commands; blocks and attributes and plotting; learners will also develop the ability to use AutoCAD Civil 3D in working with survey data, points and surfaces; site design features including parcels, alignments, profiles, grading, quantities and managing data. (Prerequisite: acceptance to the Civil Engineering Technology program or Environmental Engineering-Waste & Water Technology 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 with a "C" or better; 10-804-113, College Technical Math 1A with a "C" or better)
10-506-168 INTRO TO GIS... terminology, software operation and interface, creation and analysis of digital maps, and exploring the data behind the maps in Geographic Information Systems. GIS is used to visualize real-world features, obtain information, and communicate the information to others.
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: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
THIRD SEMESTER
10-506-175 WASTEWATER TREATMENT-LIQUID ...Physical, chemical, and biological principles associated with treating liquid flow streams in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. The basic unit processes, control parameters, hydraulics and mathematical problem-solving related to collection systems and treatment facilities are introduced. Laboratory procedures and practices involved with operation of liquid treatment processes. (Prerequisite: 10-506-148, Environmental Chem Analysis)
10-620-220 PUMPS: INTRO TO FLUID MOVING DEVICES ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding of pumps, the different classifications of pumps, the inner workings, general maintenance and pumping theory.
10-506-169 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP ...Supervised on-the-job training in the application of theory, skills, and techniques in the Environmental Engineering profession. The internship earns three Associate Degree credits when 180 hours of work experience has been completed. Minimum instructor approval required.
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10-481-114 INTRO TO ENERGY MANAGEMENT ...introduces the basic concepts of energy, utility systems and utility rate structures; defines the need for energy management as an integral part of society at all levels. The course will present the various opportunities available to energy management students.
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10-093-350 NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND COMPLIANCE ...student will have a proficiency in basic soil fertility and fertilizers with an emphasis on manure. Basic understanding of crop fertility requirements and soil pH impacts. Soil lab analysis and field mapping will be integrated through the use of SNAP Plus as an industry standard in nutrient management planning software. Students will be prepared to complete the CCA certified crop advisor exam allowing them to write nutrient management plans. (Prerequisite: 10-090-302, Basic Soils)
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: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
10-506-176 WASTEWATER TREATMENT-SOLIDS & ADV … Physical, chemical, and biological principles associated with advanced treatment of liquid flow streams and treatment of residual solids in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. The basic unit processes, control parameters, hydraulics and mathematical problem-solving related to advanced liquid and solids treatment facilities are introduced. Laboratory procedures and practices involved with operation of advanced liquid and solids treatment processes. (Corequisite: 10-506-175, Wastewater Treatment-Liquid)
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)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-506-167 SURFACE WATER & DISTRIBUTION ...physical, chemical, and biological principles of operation of surface water treatment and distribution systems. The basic unit processes, control parameters, and mathematical problem-solving related to surface water treatment facilities and distribution systems are introduced. Laboratory procedures and practices involved with operation of water analysis and treatment. (Prerequisites: 10-506-148, Environmental Chem Analysis; 10-804-113, College Tech Math 1A. Corequisites: 10-506-166, Ground Water & Distribution)
10-506-164 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. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition 1 with a "C" or better)
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: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
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.
10-506-166 GROUND WATER & DISTRIBUTION ...physical, chemical, and biological principles of operation of groundwater and distribution systems. The basic unit processes, control parameters, and mathematical problem-solving related to groundwater facilities and distribution systems are introduced. Laboratory procedures and practices involved with operation of water analysis and treatment. (Prerequisites: 10-506-148, Environmental Chem Analysis; 10-804-113, College Technical Math 1A with a "C" or better)
10-506-163 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.
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
65
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, but must be passed with a "C" or better.
. Students completing General Studies courses at NWTC must earn a "C" or better in English Composition to enroll in Technical Reporting.
. Students completing College Technical Math 1A must earn a "C" or better to enroll in Environmental Chemical Analysis and College Technical Math 1B.
. Students completing General Chemistry must earn a "C" or better to enroll in Environmental Chemical Analysis.

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
• Use effective oral and written communication skills
• Utilize problem solving skills
• Perform safe work practices

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Industry Credentials

Program students have the option to be certified in 40 hour HAZWOPER WDNR Wastewater, Water, and/or Landfill Operator with completion of coursework and independent testing

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.

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