Advanced Water Systems Operations and Management Co-op Curriculum

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Accepting Applications for January 2019

See curriculum for: September 2018
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate ( 3 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 07, 2019
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$4,010.98 per semester*
$9,179.19 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

Units/ Hours: 48

This course provides students with knowledge of human population growth and the evolution of water and wastewater treatment processes over time. The biology of humans, the impacts of human population growth, and the basic processes of water and wastewater treatment are discussed. Students learn how contaminants move through the environment and the implications of these pathways for source water protection. Relevant legislation related to water quality in Canada will be presented. Students will study the abilities of engineered and natural wastewater treatment systems to treat wastewater. Students are introduced to basic chemical analysis of water and sludge samples, including analyzing biosolid samples for contaminants in order to prepare a Nutrient Management Plan for agricultural land application of biosolids.

Units/ Hours: 48

This course examines infrastructure management including pipes, hydrants and towers within a system including the planning required for renewal and maintenance of these systems. Sewage, industrial wastewater, and stormwater collection are studied. The development of protection plans for public health and property from water-related disasters is covered. Applications of GIS in asset management and emerging technologies and new technologies infrastructure management are discussed.

Units/ Hours: 96

Wastewater treatment methodologies are the main focus in this course. Students will investigate various methods of wastewater treatment such as activated sludge processes, rotating biological contactors, sequencing batch reactors. Students collect samples from successive stages of the treatment process, preserve and analyse the samples using correct protocols, and following safety procedures. Students will also interpret the data to determine the air and chemical dosage quantification for efficient plant operations. Students will investigate various methods of sludge treatment and biosolid utilization.

Units/ Hours: 48

In this course, students investigate small systems and their configuration, operation, legislation and reporting requirements. The course also provides site specific variations of physical and chemical units of a treatment plant. Point-of- use and point- of-entry and on site systems will be explored.

Units/ Hours: 48

This course offers students the opportunity to prepare for the co-op education experience. Students will engage in active research of opportunities, resume preparation, enhancing their interviewing skills, and meeting representatives from industry.

Semester 2

Units/ Hours: 48

Students learn to apply current theory and laboratory observations to conventional and advanced water and wastewater treatment plant operations. Students are introduced to SCADA, maintenance management systems and remote operation technologies. Students learn the operation of advanced filtration and disinfection processes and related regulatory requirements. SCADA demonstrations will be an integral component in this course.

Units/ Hours: 48

This course covers industry- specific waste streams and pre-treatment technologies. Students will discuss the impact of assessment techniques associated with industrial wastes and regulatory frameworks associated with these assessments and outcomes. Municipal investigations and enforcement will be an integral component of the course. Site visits and the use of sampling for enforcement will be an integral part of this course including sampling and analysis of waste streams.

Units/ Hours: 48

This final course examines new and emerging issues and possible technological solutions emerging locally, nationally, and internationally. New technologies are explored and their applications in a wide array of settings. Energy sources from waste and new technologies are discussed. Planning for future issues and infrastructure upgrades is also included as part of this course as well as the development of plans for the long-term sustainability of water supplies.

Units/ Hours: 96

Water treatment operations in large water treatment facilities are the focus in this course. Chemical unit operations including flocculation, coagulation, sedimentation, adsorption, chlorination, de-chlorination, ozonation and UV disinfection are also covered. This course includes labs and site visits to treatment facilities. The laboratory component of this course will examine some of the methods used in testing water to ensure quality. Students will be able to conduct microbiological and chemical sampling protocols for municipal systems. Safe sampling procedures, quality analysis and assurance will be emphasized. Facility security and risk management planning are included in this module.

Units/ Hours: 48

Developing short-and long-term plans/ projects for management is a major focus in both large and small facilities as well as industry. Students write a project plan in a chosen area of utility management (water, wastewater, conservation, disaster management, sustainability) including defining the project, identifying stakeholder expectations to ensure efficient management, monitoring, ongoing quality maintenance and planning for risk mitigation. Human resource planning as an essential component in a plan is emphasized.