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Environmental Engineering 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.
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Curriculum
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
Semester Total
16
Second Semester
Semester Total
16
Third Semester
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OR
Semester Total
16
Fourth Semester
Semester Total
16
Total Credits
64

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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