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Water Operator—Ground

Quick Program Facts

Program Description

Groundwater Operators protect both the public and the environment from pathogen contamination in systems that use groundwater.

This includes knowledge of:

  • Types of wells
  • Well hydraulics
  • Well development
  • Well maintenance
  • Pump operation and ground water treatment
  • Physical and chemical characteristics of ground water
  • Disinfection
  • Pumps and motors
  • Storage and distribution

Water and Wastewater Licensed Operators perform a vital role in maintaining the quality of both the human population and the natural environment.

Our Water/Wastewater Treatment Program is designed to provide you with the technical knowledge to competently perform in the water and wastewater utility industry.

Credentials in Detail

After completing this program, you will receive a certificate of completion and 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

  • EPCX-7000 D Water Exam Prep
  • EPCT-1015 Basic Water Work Operations
  • EPCT-1030 Water Utility Safety
  • EPCT-1052 HAZWOPER Training
  • EPCT-1092 Water Laboratory
  • EPCT-1092 Internship 1 Water
  • EPCT-1092 Internship 2 Water
  • EPCT-1092 Internship 3 Water
  • EPCT-2007 Groundwater Production
  • EPCT-2025 Water Utility Calculations
  • TECM-1013 Math Basics

Check course availability

  1. Go to MyTCCTrack: Search for Courses & Course Sections—Advanced Search.
  2. Under Term, select a Continuing Education (CE) Term.
    • Example: CE Qtr 3 2021 Mar-May
  3. Under Academic Level, choose Continuing Education.
  4. Select Search.
  5. Use the Filter Results menu to help you narrow your search:
    • Under Availability, choose Open Sections Only to find classes that aren't full.
    • Under Subject, choose a subject to further filter the results.

How to Apply

Get started: Apply & register for class

Current operators may take individual courses as in-service training or on-site at a facility.

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 Class Schedules

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

TCEQ Water Operator D License Exam Prep

  • Date: October 8, 2021
  • Tuition: $75

20-hour Courses: $215

Basic Water Works Operations

  • Dates:
    • September 20–22, 2021
    • January 31–February 2, 2022

Groundwater Production

  • Dates:
    • November 1–3, 2021
    • March 21–23, 2022

Water Utility Calculations

  • Dates:
    • November 8–10, 2021
    • March 28–30, 2022

Water Utility Safety

  • Dates:
    • September 27–29, 2021
    • February 7–9, 2022

24-hour Courses

Surface Water Production I

  • Date:
    • December 9–11, 2021
    • February 17–19, 2022
  • Tuition: $225

Water Laboratory

Includes student hands-on component

  • Dates:
    • October 20–22, 2021
    • March 2–4, 2022
  • Tuition: $280

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

Call 817-515-7136


Northwest Campus

Ali Williamson
Program Coordinator

Call 817-515-7136


Please call or email me to make an appointment.

Updated October 05, 2021