Water Technology

Health Sciences

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.


Program Locations

Washington Campus 

Surprise-GateWay Training Facility 
11401 N. 136th Ave. 
Surprise, AZ 85374

Job Titles

Distribution Operations Technicians**
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators**

Program Cost

Certificate of Completion in Water or Wastewater Treatment:  $2,781*
Certificate of Completion in Water and Wastewater Treatment: $2,781*
Associate in Applied Science Water Resource Technologies:  $6,736*

Median Salary

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* Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.

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Degrees & Certificates


Employment Outlook

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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.