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Water and Environmental Technology Associate Degree

AAS Associate of Applied Science Degree
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2 Years
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Protect our most precious resource with a Water and Environmental Technology Degree 

Water is not just a resource, it's the lifeblood of our planet, essential for all living things and sustaining ecosystems. Water sustains ecosystems, communities and individual lives. Yet, ensuring clean and accessible water requires dedicated professionals who understand its treatment, distribution and environmental impact. 
Clackamas Community College's Water and Environmental Technology Degree program empowers you to become one of these crucial protectors. Through a comprehensive curriculum and hands-on experience, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to launch a fulfilling career in this growing field. 

Invest in your future, invest in our planet 

By joining the water and environmental technology program, you will not only secure your own future but also contribute to a sustainable and healthy planet for generations to come. Ready to make a difference? Contact Clackamas Community College today to learn more about the program and take the first step toward a rewarding career in water and environmental technology. 

For detailed description and outcomes for this program, view the course catalog.

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Protect our planet, secure your future

A degree in water and environmental technology offers a path to a meaningful career with strong job prospects.

  • Growing demand: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an average job growth for environmental science and protection technicians, a category that includes water quality specialists, at 7% from 2019 to 2029. This growth outpaces the national average for all occupations.
  • Diverse opportunities: Graduates can find employment in a variety of settings including municipal water treatment plants, environmental consulting firms and government agencies. Your skills will be in high demand to address issues like water quality, sustainability and environmental regulations.
  • Competitive salaries: Graduates can expect to command competitive salaries in this growing field. The demand for skilled professionals ensures graduates will be well-compensated for their contributions to environmental health and sustainability.
For more information on career opportunities for this program, view the course catalog.

Develop in-demand skills for a career in water and environmental technology

Our Water and Environmental Technology Degree program can equip you with the skills to become a protector water. Through a blend of classroom instruction and hands-on experiences, you should gain the skills necessary to launch a rewarding career in this growing field.

You will develop some exciting new skills in this program. Among these new skills, you should be able to:

  • Successfully pass state level 1 certification exams for Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Treatment and Wastewater Collections.
  • Understand the basics of both water and wastewater operations.
  • Conduct laboratory analysis for wastewater and water-quality parameters.

    Upon successful completion of this program, you should be able to:

    • Operate and maintain water treatment facilities, distribution systems, wastewater treatment plants and collection systems.
    • Solve complex problems by applying scientific principles and mathematical skills.
    • Communicate effectively within teams and clearly explain technical solutions.
    • Conduct and document laboratory experiments with precision and efficiency.
    • Prioritize safety and ethical conduct in all aspects of your work.
    • Gain valuable real-world experience through internship opportunities.
    • Pursue higher certifications to expand your career opportunities and earning potential.
    For more information on expected outcomes of successfully completing this program, view the course catalog.

    Investing in your future

    Clackamas Community College offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the Portland metro area. To begin building the cost for your program, you can start with the base estimate below. 

    This estimate includes the cost of tuition and the general fees applied per class and per academic term. This estimate does not include additional fees required for many courses or the cost of course materials. Contact the program to learn more about additional costs that may apply. 

    You can also find more information about the costs of attending CCC on the Tuition and Fees page.

    Get help paying for college

    Scholarships and grants (free money!) are available for students in this program. For help with financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Resource Lab.  


    Training our future drinking water and wastewater operators

    What is one thing we all need to survive? Water. It links all of us on the planet, and at Clackamas Community College we teach students how to make clean, pure water. Learn more about our water and environmental technology program in this video.

    Earn a certificate on the way to your degree

    Many degree programs at CCC offer opportunities to earn professional certificates along the way. These certificates can give your resume a boost and qualify you for jobs, even before you graduate. Every step you take gets you closer to your dreams. Even if you decide to change direction later, you will have a solid foundation to build on to keep moving forward.

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