Advanced Water Systems Operations and Management


Degree:Post Graduate

University: Fleming College
City : Cobourg,Ontario,Canada
Country : Canada
Duration : 1 Year

Program Overview:

The Advanced Water Systems Operation and Management program will prepare graduates to work in water treatment, water distribution, and wastewater treatment, related work in industry, as well as inspection or enforcement. The operation and management of water and wastewater treatment systems to safeguard against water-borne diseases, and ensure a healthy environment in an efficient and sustainable manner are paramount in both public and private sector industries. The provision of potable water and the effective treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater streams are growing fields in the environmental sector. The Ontario government has passed into law rigorous training requirements for water and wastewater treatment operators, in response to recommendations made in the Walkerton Commission of Inquiry reports. Under the Safe Water Drinking Act, operators require training and certification to run these systems safely. 

Admission Requirements:

  • GPA: 2.6 or above

  • IELTS: Overall 6.5 with no band below than 6.0

  • PTE: No band below than 58

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Utilize a wide variety of instrumentation and standardized protocols for the collection and analysis of samples and data required in the operation of water and wastewater facilities.

  • Collaborate with individuals, groups in testing and troubleshooting equipment at various water treatment and distribution facilities and at wastewater collection and treatment facilities.

  • Evaluate system design and operations based on current legislation, regulations and standards affecting water and wastewater treatment plants, scope and authority of certificates of approval and owner, operator responsibilities.

  • Develop risk management strategies including emergency response and disaster preparedness for water and wastewater systems.

  • Test and monitor microbiological parameters in water and wastewater applications and propose remediation strategies to reduce, eliminate contaminants.

Career Outlook:

This program has been designed to be forward-thinking, incorporating industry trends, job requirements and legislation requirements, to prepare graduates for this work. Employment opportunities include work in municipalities with water and wastewater treatment systems, in water-use industries, in inspection or environmental monitoring agencies. Employment in this sector is expected to increase due to upcoming retirements, environmental factors and changes in legislation.

As a graduate, you will be considered an Operator in Training and can use this program as a pathway to the Level 1 Operator. The 16-week co-op may count towards the 12 months of experience required for a Level 1 licence. With successive experience, you can progress into higher classifications of licences and subsequently into municipal management or government inspection roles. Employment opportunities are also available in industrial sectors such as mining and minerals processing, iron and steel, petroleum, power generation, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture.

Northern Ontario offers growing employment opportunities, particularly for those with experience in wastewater treatment in cold climates. International work in wastewater and water treatment, particularly in countries where water and wastewater infrastructure are being developed, are other potential career options.

Program Intake: January & September

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