Water Quality Technology Program

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Moraine Park’s Water Quality Technology program provides students with the skills and training to perform testing, analysis and treatment to community and industrial water supplies.

Water Quality technicians are responsible for ensuring that the water we use is safe and that discharge water is processed effectively. Their work combines the precision and accuracy found in the biochemical laboratory with operational aptitude and troubleshooting skills.

Each day, municipalities and industries generate billions of gallons of wastewater that must be collected, analyzed and treated.

MPTC’s Program graduates also have employment opportunities as environmental technicians and field service technicians at companies that design and install water treatment equipment for municipalities and manufacturing companies.

Career Opportunities
• Environmental Technician
• Field Service Technician
• Industrial Waste Technician
• Wastewater System Technician
• Water Plant Operator
• Water Treatment Equipment Sales Representative

To add to the above opportunities, there are positions available at breweries as they treat their water and wastewater, at large dairies where they process the milk, food handling companies such as packaging plants, and harvesting companies that process the food like Heinz or pickle producers. Some other areas include bean harvesters and canners, cheese factories, paper mills, and engineering firms as Operations Specialists, where the O&M Specialist helps with some design, writes documents for operators, trains people in processes, and will perform process startup services once built. Some have found work in laboratories, aquariums, pond or lake maintenance and water parks.
Any company involved in water or wastewater operations are all good places that have openings regularly.
So, if you desire a career that is highly sustainable, give Water Quality Technology a try!

Written by Mark Schmidt
Mark Schmidt is the Water Quality Technology Instructor at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, WI. Mark has 40 years of experience in water and wastewater facility and systems operations, maintenance and management. Prior to teaching, his specialty was surface water treatment plant optimization. He now enjoys teaching the next generation of water quality professionals, and those in the field desiring knowledge and advancement opportunities. Feel free to contact Mark about the program at mschmidt15@morainepark.edu, or check out the program at https://www.morainepark.edu/programs-and-courses/programs-of-study/?ProgramTitle=Water+Quality+Technology.