Water Resource Science

Program Level: Degrees, Certificates
Department: Computer Science, Technology & Business
Institute: Science & Technology
College: NVC

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About the Program

Northwest Vista College provides state of the art equipment and instruction for a program in Water Resource Science (previously Advanced Water Treatment). The program centers on project-based learning in which students are introduced to the public health aspects of potable water supply, operation of wells, process control procedures, techniques and equipment, advanced water mathematics, water treatment systems, water treatment plant equipment, water analysis pretreatment membranes, ion exchange, reverse osmosis, and other high purity technologies. The program includes hands-on experience in the most current treatment methods and results in a certificate or degree in Water Resource Science.

Program Brochure

 

What will I learn?

Graduates of the Water Resource Science program have the knowledge to effectively and safely operate and maintain water treatment plants, to monitor, troubleshoot, and chemically clean equipment that that is essential to manufacturing. The program centers on project-based learning in which students are introduced to the public health aspects of potable water supply, operation of wells, process control procedures, chlorination systems, water softening, treatment plant safety procedures, laboratory procedures, techniques and equipment, advanced water mathematics, water treatment systems, water treatment plant equipment, water analysis, pretreatment membranes, ion exchange, reverse osmosis, and other high purity technologies. Training prepares students to be employed as entry-level technicians in a variety of water treatment settings, including: municipal drinking water plants, water recycling plants, semiconductor industry, food and dairy industry, petrochemical industry, electric power generation industry, industrial wastewater plants, manufacturing facilities, and government agencies.

What can I do with this course of study?

Training prepares students to be employed as entry-level technicians in a variety of water treatment settings, including: municipal drinking water plants, water recycling plants, semiconductor industry, food and dairy industry, petrochemical industry, electric power generation industry, industrial wastewater plants, manufacturing facilities, and government agencies.

What is special about this program?

Graduates of the Water Resource Science Program have the knowledge to operate, monitor, troubleshoot and chemically clean equipment that is essential to manufacturing. Training prepares students to be employed as entry-level technicians in a variety of water treatment settings.

The San Antonio Metropolitan area's population and water needs are expected to double in the next few decades, according to the San Antonio Water System. This increased demand in addition to cyclical drought conditions and growing concerns about the purity and security of our water supply is changing the way businesses and governmental agencies approach water use and treatment.

Occupational profiles indicate a 19% growth for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and Systems Operators by 2022 in the Alamo Region. Estimated average hourly wage is *$17.23 in the Alamo Region. (Source: SOCRATES-Occupational Profiles-Alamo Region) *Note: Variations should be expected.

What job functions do “water operators” perform?

Water Treatment Plant Operators treat water using chemicals and filtration to make water safe to drink.

Water Distribution System Operators transport water in distribution pipes and from storage tanks to homes and businesses for drinking and for fighting fires. They keep the distribution pipes clean and under pressure to deliver safe water for drinking.

Wastewater Collection System Operators collect wastewater from homes and businesses and convey the water to a wastewater treatment plant. They keep the collection systems pipes and pumps clean and free from blockages to prevent raw sewage spills and overflows into the environment.

Wastewater Treatment and Reuse Plant Operators treat wastewater using chemicals, physical, and biological means, and reclaim the water for reuse to protect the environment

Where can I obtain a job with training in Water Resource Science?

Training prepares students to be employed as entry-level technicians in a variety of water treatment settings, including: municipal drinking water plants, water recycling plants, semiconductor industry, food and dairy industry, petrochemical industry, electric power generation industry, industrial waste water plants, manufacturing facilities, and government agencies.

Job Outlook

Graduates of the Water Resource Science Program have the knowledge to operate, monitor, troubleshoot and chemically clean equipment that is essential to manufacturing. Training prepares students to be employed as entry-level technicians in a variety of water treatment settings.

The San Antonio Metropolitan area's population and water needs are expected to double in the next few decades, according to the San Antonio Water System. This increased demand in addition to cyclical drought conditions and growing concerns about the purity and security of our water supply is changing the way businesses and governmental agencies approach water use and treatment.

Occupational profiles indicate a 19% growth for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and Systems Operators by 2022 in the Alamo Region. Estimated average hourly wage is *$17.23 in the Alamo Region. (Source: SOCRATES-Occupational Profiles-Alamo Region) *Note: Variations should be expected.

Careers Available:

The following titles are examples of careers associated with this program but not limited to:

  • Water Treatment Plant Operator
  • Water Distribution System Operator
  • Wastewater Collection System Operator
  • Wastewater Treatment and Reuse Plant Operator

 

Available Courses:

Course Descriptions

EPCT 1327

EPCT 2315

EPCT 2303

EPCT 2314

EPCT 1343

EPCT 2342

EPCT 2306

EPCT 2335

SPCH 1321

BIOL 1306 or 1308 or 2306

 EPCT 1328

CHEM 1305

EPCT 2312

ENGL 1301

EPCT 1347

EPCT 1370

EPCT 2341

ECON 2301

Language, Philosophy & Culture (40) Core

Mathematics (20) Core

About the Program Coordinator: Dr. Howard Marquise

Teaching Philosophy

I feel that education is a tool that can be used to change one’s social status. It is my belief that everyone can be taught. Of course the person has to have the desire and willingness to learn. Yes, certain individuals may have more intelligence, or have a higher IQ and be more suited to certain occupations than others, but everyone can improve their life dramatically through education. Obtaining an education and attending school is much more than learning facts and solving problems. It is learning how to reason and my goal as an educator is to shape the way my students will think in the future. The philosophy that I believe is the most critical to my success as an educator and more importantly to my student’s achievement is to show them I care for them.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, 2015

Master of Education, Adult Education

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas

Graduated distinguished student GPA 4.0, May 2010

Masters of Science, Chemistry

University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Completed six hours graduate study, 2001 

Microsoft Certified System Engineer

New Horizons Computer Training Center, San Antonio, Texas

Completed training courses, 1997

Masters of Science, Analytical Chemistry

University of Houston, Houston, Texas

Completed twelve hours graduate study, 1988

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 1987

 

Labs 

Lab Name

WRS WETC Lab

Lab Location

Westside Workforce Education and Training Center

Lab Contact

Dr. Howard Marquise
hmarquise@alamo.edu

Phone
 210-485-0261

 

Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Dr. Howard Marquise
hmarquise@alamo.edu 

Staff

Dr. John Grillo
jgrillo@alamo.edu

Emily Coppin
ecoppin@alamo.edu

Adriana Garza
agarza992@alamo.edu


Contact Us

Emily Coppin
Admin. Specialist

Location:
MLH-201

Phone:
210-486-4352

Marisa Ramirez
Admin. Associate

Location:
MLH-201

Phone:
210-486-4354

John Grillo
Academic Chair

Location:
MLH-201A

Phone:
210-486-4054

Dr. Howard Marquise
Program Coordinator

Location:
WETC

Phone:
210-486-4355