Water Treatment student adjust setting on training equipment in the program's lab facility.

Water Technician Certificate

Life’s most precious resource is water! Help communities receive safe, high-quality H2O with San Juan College’s Water Treatment Certificate. This program will prepare you to take the New Mexico State Municipal Water and/or Wastewater Treatment exams. Complete the course in just eight weeks. With several scholarships available for those who qualify, it’s possible you could go through the program for free! The Water Technician Certificate is appropriate for individuals wanting to enter the water industry and those who already work in water treatment and are looking to upskill.

Why Earn a Water Technician Certificate

The global demand for clean water continues to rise! With a Water Technician Certificate from San Juan College, you’ll become a crucial player in safeguarding one of our planet’s most precious resources. You’ll also be embarking on a career with job security. While many jobs are only available in certain regions and fluctuate with market changes, water technicians are needed everywhere even during economic challenges.

Why Earn a Water Technician Certificate from San Juan College

Excellent Resources in a High-Quality Learning Environment

San Juan College is the only school in New Mexico that offers an eight-week Water Technician Certificate program. Courses are conducted in the School of Energy’s cutting-edge training facilities, home to multi-million dollar labs that mirror real-world industry settings. You’ll gain a competitive edge through hands-on experience with the latest industry equipment. Enjoy the benefits of small class sizes, fostering a supportive and interactive learning environment. Receive individualized attention from experienced instructors who are invested in your success. 

SJC is an Affordable Option

You may qualify to get your certificate tuition-free through our available scholarships.

What You’ll Learn in the Water Technician Certificate Program

Gain a comprehensive understanding of municipal water and wastewater treatment with the San Juan College Water Technician Certification program. The eight-week course will prepare you to take the New Mexico State Municipal Water and/or Wastewater Treatment exams.

The curriculum will cover municipal water and wastewater systems and treatment procedures including:

  • Source water
  • Reservoir management
  • Intake structures
  • Coagulation and flocculation
  • Sedimentation
  • Filtration
  • Disinfection
  • Corrosion control
  • Taste and odor control
  • Addressing safety
  • Preliminary and primary treatment
  • Activated sludge systems
  • Fixed film processes
  • Disinfection
  • Lagoon systems

Careers and Outcomes

With a Water Technician Certificate from SJC, you can enter the field or enhance your current skills. People with this certificate work at public and private utility companies, water user organizations, and tribal utility companies. Positions commonly held by people with this certificate include:

  • Water Treatment Technician
  • Wastewater treatment Technician
  • Utility Manager

The median annual salary for water and wastewater treatment professionals in 2022 was $51,600.

Next Steps

To enroll in the Water Technician Program, you must first apply to San Juan College. When you create your admissions account, you will select Non-Degree for the Admit Type.

Apply Now

Once you’ve been accepted into San Juan College, apply for our Water Scholarship to see if you qualify for free tuition.

Email your completed Water Scholarship Application to water@sanjuancollege.edu.  

Complete the Water Scholarship Application


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