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Water Environmental Technology (WET) Programs

See Water Environment Technology - Advanced Certificate
See Water Environment Technology - Associate In Applied Science

Three quarters of the earth is covered with water. It's one of our most precious resources.

Pure, safe drinking water and clean, healthy rivers, lakes, and oceans don't just happen by themselves. It takes all kinds of people to find, build, maintain and operate water and wastewater treatment systems. And these systems are everywhere--wherever you find people!

The Water Environment field offers many rewarding career opportunities.  New regulatory requirements have led to more work and more jobs each year.  The Water Environment Technology (WET) program is designed to provide specialized training in the water and wastewater fields. Both theory and application are stressed in the program, tailored for both entry-level persons, as well as those already employed in the field.

Completion of the WET program will allow graduates the opportunity to write the entry level water and wastewater certification examinations administered by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

In the WET program, students study water treatment process for drinking water, wastewater treatment processes, water chemistry, hydraulics, biological processes, and pollution prevention. Courses in utility management and maintenance round out the technical program. Finally, students participate in two-160 hours (320 hours total) practicums, in actual treatment plants. There, they obtain hands-on experience and qualify to take the entry level certification tests.

Job Opportunities

  • Municipal water treatment and wastewater treatment
  • Private water supply and environmental services companies
  • Local, state and federal regulatory agencies
  • Chemical and other manufacturing companies
  • Equipment sales and service companies
  • Consulting engineering and environmental firms
  • Independent contractors

Program Benefits

Faculty - WET core courses are taught by local engineers, superintendents, lab analysts, and managers with up-to-date experience.
Night Classes
- Many courses are offered in the evenings to allow students the flexibility of maintaining full-or part-time employment.
Lab Facilities
- The WET program is much more than class room lectures, utilizing many hands-on laboratory exercises.
Site Visits
- many field trips and site visits are taken to local facilities, observing first-hand the application of theory learned in the class room.

Is a WET Degree Right for You?

Check out the links below to learn more about this fascinating field!

American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Michigan Section American Water Works Association (MI-AWWA)

Water Environment Federation (WEF)

Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA)

Click here if you hare interested in registering for a course.

For more information, please contact:

Water Treatment Technology (WET) Programs Professor/Contact

Sharp, Ronald - Professor
Phone: 989-686-9071
Office: D159

WET Faculty and Information

Bloemker, Jon or
WET 212, Advanced Water Treatment Technologies & WET 240, Applied Hydraulics 


Connors, David
WET 112, Wastewater Treatment Technology


Reinsch, Paul;
WET 110, Water Treatment Technologies

Best, Jeanette
WET 210, Advanced Wastewater Treatment Technologies

Frazee, Patrick
WET 215, Water Quality Analysis & Wet Instrumentation
WET 220, Water Microbiology

Huff, Darrick
WET 246, Water/Wastewater Utility Electrical Maintenance 

VanSickle, Kevin
WET 244, Applied Hydraulics

Buchner, Sandra
WET 112, Water Treatment Technologies

Unless otherwise noted, all Adjunct faculty are located in J102 and can be reached via their email or by calling 989-686-9515 and leaving a message.

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