Home Programs & Courses Full-Time Studies Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations
Students Preparing Equipment in the Lab

New for 2019 Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations

Open for Fall 2019

Length: 1 Year
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

The reuse of treated wastewater has become a sustainable option for minimizing water scarcity problems. Learn the skills needed for a rewarding career in municipal and industrial water/wastewater systems.

Download this program information

Next Information Session
What's up @ SAIT
No events found.

Add this calendar to your calendar

Note: Some filters are being applied, so the exported content is being filtered.

All Information Sessions

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $19,836
Year 1 (International): $21, 533

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Program details

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 description

This program gives graduates the opportunity for expanded growth through their career by combining both water and wastewater treatment operations with power engineering. The Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations is a one-year certificate program.

Graduates will gain skills and knowledge related to treatment technologies, unit operations, process controls and laboratory analytics. Through in-class learning and lab experience, they will be able to write the 4th class power engineering certification exam through the Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA). Upon graduation, they will have completed a four-month practicum that could count towards the one-year work experience requirement by the Province of Alberta to acquire a Water and Wastewater Operator Certification. The Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations program focus on:

  • industrial and municipal treatment plant operations-Collection and distribution systems operations
  • hands-on work experience through both classroom and virtual reality training
  • four-month practicum in an industrial or municipal facility
  • chemistry and corrosion
  • water quality monitoring and control throughout water and wastewater systems

Your career

Graduates of this program can work in a wide range of sectors including municipal, decentralized systems in rural areas, pulp and paper, petrochemical, oil production, beverage, breweries, and emerging industries. Graduates can find work as:

  •  junior water and wastewater systems operator 
  •  sales - water treatment and processing companies
  •  4th class power engineer - municipal, industrial, and equipment manufacturing 
  •  entry level position as a water quality specialist in the consulting industry
  •  entry level position at any steam generation facility
  •  entry level position at water recycling companies
  •  facilities operator
  •  water treatment technologist

Student success

Students with a passion for water and the environment and those who enjoy problem-solving will experience more success in this program.

The program is open to not just recent high school graduates but also those looking for a career shift.

Credentials and accreditation

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

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or their equivalents:

  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 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 20, AND
  • At least 50% in Biology 20,

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

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.  


Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMM 249 Technical Communications 1.5
COMP 261 Microsoft Office: An Introduction 1.5
PWEN 251 Power Qualifications Theory I 3.0
PWEN 262 Power Qualifications Lab I 3.0
RREG 202 Regulatory, Health, Safety and Environment 3.0
WATR 220 Industrial Water and Wastewater Process and Operations 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0


Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
PWEN 273 Power Qualification Lab II 3.0
PWEN 274 Power Qualifications Theory II 3.0
WATR 200 Bio-Chemical Processes for Water and Wastewater 3.0
WATR 201 Wastewater Treatment and Collection Fundamentals 3.0
WATR 202 Water Treatment and Distribution Fundamentals 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
PRCT 202 Practicum 3.0
Program Total 33.0



Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $18,863 $450 $523 $19,836

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $20,560 $450 $523 $21,533


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $290

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

Books and supplies are approximately $500.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

MacPhail School of Energy

Enter Your Search Term Here
Start typing to search SAIT.ca
Refine Results

Search results