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PUBLISHED 2021-2022 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2021-2022 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations

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Program Description

The Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations program will position graduates for a career in municipal and industrial water/wastewater systems. They will gain a working knowledge of and skills related to treatment technologies and water/wastewater systems operations including related laboratory analytics. Through in-class learning and recognized work experience they will be prepared to write industry required certifications exams including the 4th class power engineering and water/wastewater treatment.

Program Overview

Fast Facts

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as Junior Water/Wastewater Operator, Sales positions at water treatment and processing companies, 4th Class Power Engineer position at municipal, industrial, equipment manufacturing, Entry level positions at any steam generation facility, power generation facilities, water recycling companies, environmental consulting companies or at emerging water technology systems companies

Student Success

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT programs. An interest in science and mathematics would be an asset. Specific interest in chemistry and biology are desirable.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations certificate.


Professional Designations and Certifications


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1, OR 50% in English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • At least 50% in Math 30-1, OR Pure Math 30, OR 60% in Math 30-2, AND,
  • At least 50% in Chemistry 30, AND,
  • At least 50% in Biology 20.

All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline

Total Credits 33

Program Outcomes

Program Outcome

1 Water Analysis: Perform water analysis tasks to support plant water quality targets.

2 Data Analysis: Analyze current and past data to support plant performance decisions.

3 Water and Wastewater System Processes: Apply knowledge of water/wastewater system processes including pressure vessels and power generating equipment to achieve performance requirements.

4 Preventative Maintenance: Perform basic preventative maintenance tasks.

5 Chemistry and Biology: Apply a fundamental knowledge of chemistry and biology to maintain process performance.

6 Regulations: Operate according to all applicable regulatory guidelines.

7 Process and Performance: Collaborate with stakeholders to achieve optimum process performance.

8 Collection and Distribution: Control water/wastewater collection and distribution systems.

9 Boiler and Steam Systems: Run high-pressure boiler and steam systems.

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