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Water Treatment Operator

Fall 2017 start: applications open on Oct. 19, 2016.

  •  1.5-year certificate
  •  Fall start

Program Description

Upon completion of the Water Treatment Operator program, the graduates shall have working knowledge and skills related to SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage) water chemistry and unit operations typical of enhanced oil recovery facilities.

The program consists of three 15-week semesters, and focuses on water treatment processes and equipment, plant operations and equipment, SAGD water chemistry, and safety and regulations.

An optional co-operative work-term is also offered following the second semester, combining the traditional academic program with a four-month term of related industrial work experience.

Your Career

The Water Treatment Operator program prepares students for careers as operators responsible for providing guidance and support to SAGD operations, including analyzing specifications and controlling continuous operation of the SAGD Water Plant units and equipment.

You will have career opportunities in the energy industry, which will involve working for oil sands producers in field operations.

Water Treatment Operator graduates are skilled in communication, mentoring qualities, team work, organization and pay attention to detail.

Student Success

Students are expected to learn about the program (open house, student for a day, program information session) and the occupation (industrial labs, service labs) prior to their application to the program.

The Water Treatment Operator program (WTO) requires an interest and aptitude for laboratory work, chemistry, math, and mechanical equipment. The courses designed in the Water Treatment Operator program consist of theory and laboratory components in chemistry labs and engineering labs. The theory component introduces the students to courses in general chemistry, water chemistry, mechanical equipment, process control and analysis, unit operations and environmental regulations. The laboratory section emphasizes the acquisition of basic laboratory techniques, analytical chemistry techniques, and instrumentation techniques. The students experience hands-on-training in the operation of chemical instrumentation and mechanical equipment in chemistry labs as well as engineering labs.  

Contact time with instructors in lectures and labs is thirty hours per week. The student is expected to spend about an additional twenty five hours per week on lab reports, assignments, studying and projects. Students who experience success in this program have an aptitude for lab work, good work ethics, ability to follow verbal and written instructions, perform analysis with accuracy and precision, ability to learn in a team environment, possess excellent communication skills (oral and written) and interpersonal skills, attention to detail and scientific honesty.  

If you are interested in applying to this program, please consider the following:

  • Can I handle a rigorous academic program that requires commitment?
  • Do I enjoy working in a team environment?
  • Am I a good communicator (both verbally and written)? 
  • Am I a self-starter who likes to critically think through problems and challenges?
  • Am I adaptable?