Water Environmental Technology Online

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Water Environmental Technology Online

Hands-On Learning to Fuel Your Future

The innovative Water Environmental Technology online program provides real-world experience with either a one- or two-year program. The two-year A.A.S. degree includes technical study in water/wastewater procedures complemented by math, science, social science, and humanities classes, as well as an internship.

Keep in mind: if you plan to earn your degree online, you must be ready for college-level math. Not all developmental math courses are available online.

Program graduates work in municipal water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as the collection systems and distribution systems that serve them. 

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Kirkwood is the affordable option! We offer more than $3 million in scholarships every year. 

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Program graduates are able to:

  • Demonstrate oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills in an organized and coherent manner.
  • Perform related math skills for various treatment processes and adjustments.
  • Recognize different processes and apply them to treatment requirements.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of maintenance required for working in treatment systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety requirements for working in treatment systems.
  • Apply knowledge of processes to problems in order to troubleshoot system upsets.
  • Acquire state certification and advanced levels as experience allows.

All Water Environmental Technology students are required to attend a program conference. Before acceptance into the program, you'll be required to attend a program conference where you'll get more information about the program and be able to ask any questions you may have.

Program Requirements

To get into the Water Environmental Technology program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

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All operators are required by law to be certified. Kirkwood's program provides training and educational experiences that will prepare you for certification examinations. Work experience requirements must be met before you are eligible to take an examination for certification. Check with the certifying body in your state to determine eligibility. In Iowa, visit the DNR website.

Students may transfer credits from this program to the University of Northern Iowa toward a bachelor's degree in technology management or the University of Iowa toward a bachelor's degree in applied studies.

Our mission in the Water Environmental Technology Program (WET) is to provide quality training and educational programs to graduate quality, qualified employees to aid the management and operating staff of municipal, commercial, and industrial facilities in meeting state and federal licensing and certification requirements.


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