Advanced Water Systems Operations and Management Co-op Curriculum

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Accepting Applications for September 2019

See curriculum for: January 2020
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate ( 3 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 03, 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: 30

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.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course examines municipal infrastructure management, including distribution systems (pipes, valves, booster facilities, hydrants, and reservoirs) and wastewater collection systems (pipes and pumping stations). Additionally, students are introduced to design concepts for stormwater managment (flow calculations and retention pond sizing). An integral component of this course is the understanding of fundamental hydraulics concepts such as flow, pressure, headloss, pipe sizing in both pressurized and gravity fed systems. The planning required for renewal / maintenance of these systems and the development of protection plans for public health and property from water-related disasters are covered. Current and emerging/new technologies in infrastructure management are also discussed.

Units/ Hours: 45

Wastewater treatment methodologies are the main focus in this course. This course will examine the major physical, chemical and biological processes involved in conventional treatment processes. Students will investigate various methods of wastewater treatment such as activated sludge processes, rotating biological contactors, trickling filters and sequencing batch reactors. Students will learn to interpret data to better understand operational processes, and concepts will be expanded through the use of scenario based process examples. Students will also investigate solids removal, handling and treatment and the generation and use of biosolids.

Units/ Hours: 45

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.

ENVR 137
Units/ Hours: 45

Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides students with an insite into the working environment for water and wastewater facilities with a heavy focus on Health and Safety. Students will learn about the Ontario Health and Safety Act and how to apply the specific regulations including Construction Projects, Industrial Establishments, Confined Spaces, and Occupational injuries / illnesses. Students will also learn about corporate functionality of Human Resources and Health and Safety. Students will also learn about how to search for relevant jobs in the industry. Finally, students will have an opportunity to hone their resume and interview skills through a mock interview.

Semester 2

Units/ Hours: 45

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. SCADA demonstrations will be an integral component in this course.

Units/ Hours: 45

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: 45

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 site visits to treatment facilities. Safe sampling operational procedures, quality analysis and assurance will be emphasized. Facility security and risk management planning are included in this course.

Units/ Hours: 45

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.

Units/ Hours: 30

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.

ENVR 140
Units/ Hours: 45