Water Technology

Work in Water Technologies involves monitoring the quality of water resources and maintaining local, state and federal purification process requirements for safety purposes.

Water and wastewater treatment technicians, also known as facilities technicians, are needed to maintain high water quality. Job duties include:

  • Managing and streamlining proper system operations
  • Maintaining water supplies and wastewater treatment facilities
  • Following governmental procedures needed to produce the highest quality of water for municipal and industrial systems
  • Acquiring an in-depth understanding of exactly how machinery and processes work
  • Efficiently managing workflow for superior water quality
  • Troubleshooting problems under pressure
  • Repairing breakdowns
  • Making overall processes run smoothly
  • Working effectively without supervision

Characteristics of professionals in this industry include caring deeply about accuracy and attention to detail. A technician's work is important to the protection of human life and safety. A successful career in this profession requires technicians to have:

  • A high level of math and science proficiency
  • Thorough knowledge of water quality standards
  • Knowledge of plant operations and maintenance procedures

Employment is found in water treatment facilities, and local, state and federal governmental agencies.

Degrees & Certificates

New West Valley Training Facility & Scholarships

The City of Surprise and GateWay Community College have partnered to offer water technologies courses and programs at a new Surprise-GateWay Training Facility located at a city of Surprise water reclamation facility. In addition to the programs being offered now in the West Valley, we have scholarships specific to Surprise residents and Luke Air Force active duty personnel to be able to take classes at the Surprise-GateWay Training Facility. Additional scholarships exist for those interested in attending the programs at GateWay's Phoenix location on 40th and Washington streets. Visit the scholarships page for more details. To learn more about the new training location read the full story here

Employment Outlook

For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wage and employment trend information.


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.


Program Director

Phone: (602) 286-8662
Building: South Building
Room: 1167


Phone: (602) 286-8663
Fax: (602) 286-8614
Building: South Building
Room: SO1304


We are proud to partner with the following local, state and national water technology institutions. Contact Mario Castaneda if you are interested in learning more about our partnership opportunities.