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Wastewater Operator

Quick Program Facts

Program Description

Our program curriculum provides you with the technical skills and knowledge to operate and maintain wastewater treatment plants effectively and safely.

You will learn how to:

  • Produce high quality, clean, safe treated water for discharge to the environment or for reuse
  • Prevent public health hazards from water-borne pathogens
  • Manage receiving water watershed environmental quality
  • Monitor wastewater treatment processes using sampling and laboratory techniques efficiently

The program courses are intended for:

  • Entry-level employees
  • Experienced operators who want to enhance their knowledge
  • Experienced operators who seek training hours toward license renewal

Credentials in Detail

After completing this program, you will receive a certificate of completion, and you will be eligible to apply and test for the appropriate TCEQ licensing exam provided all other TCEQ requirements are met.

TCEQ registration information for licensing

Courses You Will Take

  • EPCT-1025 Basic Wastewater Operations
  • EPCT-1030 Water Utility Safety
  • EPCT-1052 HAZWOPER Training
  • EPCT-1092 Wastewater Laboratory
  • EPCT-1092 Internship 1 Wastewater
  • EPCT-1092 Internship 2 Wastewater
  • EPCT-1092 Internship 3 Wastewater
  • EPCT-2021 Wastewater Collection
  • EPCT-2025 Water Utility Calculations
  • EPCT-2050 Wastewater Treatment
  • TECM-1013 Math Basics

View class availability

  1. Login to MyTCCTrack.
  2. Select the Course Catalog module.
  3. Select the Advanced Search tab.
  4. Select the appropriate term (example: CE Qtr 3 2021 Mar-May).
  5. Choose a Subject from the pull-down menu and click submit.
  6. Under each course listed will be a link that says View Available Sections. Click on that link to find a list of sections for your selected subject/course.

How to Apply

Get started: Apply & register for class

Current operators have the option of taking individual courses that can provide in-service training or on-site training.

Spring 2021 Class Schedule

All courses are approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and are taught on TCC Northwest Campus.

20-hour Courses: $215

Basic Wastewater Operations

  • Dates: May 3–5, 2021

Wastewater Collection

  • Dates: May 10–12, 2021

Wastewater Treatment

  • Dates: March 8–10, 2021

Water Utility Calculations

  • Dates: March 29–31, 2021

Water Utility Safety

  • Dates: April 26–28, 2021

24-hour Course: $280

Wastewater Laboratory

Includes student hands-on component

  • Dates: April 7–9, 2021

Ready to take your exams?

The Northwest Campus Professional Certification Testing Center offers TCEQ computer-based test (CBT) exams. For a complete list of TCEQ exams or to schedule an appointment to test, email



Northwest Campus

Margarett Williams, Coordinator

Ali Williamson, Program Coordinator

Please call or email me to make an appointment.

Updated July 09, 2021