Overview

The Environmental Systems Technology Certificate is a two-semester (33 credit hour) program that addresses the fundamentals of environmental systems technology.

This program covers the fundamentals of analytical instrumentation, water treatment principles, and environmental systems technology among other related topics. Currently, the demand for chemical technicians in the Midlands area is significant and growing. Recently, an ad hoc committee comprised of representatives from Columbia area businesses indicated that the demand for chemical and environmental technicians with basic skills in laboratory technique, quality control, instruments and calibration, general chemistry, spectroscopy, and related skills will remain high for many years as these businesses continue to grow. This certificate is designed both for the students needing a background in environmental technology principles and for those who intend to pursue a degree in chemical technology. This certificate is considered an advanced certificate and is designed to dovetail easily with the Chemical Technology Certificates and/or the Civil Engineering Technology program. Graduates from this certificate program are qualified to enter the workforce as a medium-level operator, laboratory technician, water quality technician, or senior manufacturing technician. The course sequence is designed to also prepare the student for more advanced on-the-job training in chemical technology or in an environmental laboratory.

Certificate curricula are reviewed and updated periodically in response to community and industry demands. The student is cautioned to discuss certificate choices and course selections with an academic and career advisor before each registration cycle. Students are eligible to enroll in this program only after the basic prerequisites for individual courses within the certificate are met.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(7 Credit Hours)
CHM-110 College Chemistry I

College Chemistry I

ID: CHM-110

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first course in a sequence that includes the following topics: atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria.

4
MAT-110 College Algebra

College Algebra

ID: MAT-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; simple linear programming; solutions of higher degree polynomials; combinatorial algebra, including the binomial theorem; and introduction to probability.

3
Semester 2
(11 Credit Hours)
CHM-111 College Chemistry II

College Chemistry II

ID: CHM-111

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a continuation of the study of atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria. Other topics included are kinetics, thermodynamics,and electrochemistry.

4
MAT-111 College Trigonometry

College Trigonometry

ID: MAT-111

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: circular functions; trigonometric identities; solution of right and oblique triangles; solution of trigonometric equations; polar coordinates; complex numbers, including DeMoivre's Theorem; vectors; conic sections; sequences; and series. (Graphic calculator required)

3
EVT-111 Introduction to Water and Wastewater Tre

Introduction to Water and Wastewater Tre

ID: EVT-111

Credit Hours: 1

This course introduces the chemical and biological analytical techniques used to measure water and wastewater quality.

1
EVT-102 Basic Water Treatment

Basic Water Treatment

ID: EVT-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course will enable the student to have a general concept of groundwater and surface water treatment techniques as well as the physical and chemical unit processes applied to drinking water treatment and the daily routine tasks associated with the operation of potable water supply systems.

3
Semester 3
(9 Credit Hours)
CET-218 Hydraulics

Hydraulics

ID: CET-218

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the fundamentals of flow, control, disposal of water, and flow through open and closed conduits, orifices, and weirs.

3
CHT-250 Methods in Analytical Chemistry I

Methods in Analytical Chemistry I

ID: CHT-250

Credit Hours: 3

Topics in this course include wet chemistry techniques & standard non-automated laboratory procedures used in engineering and manufacturing environments, including separations, titrations, gravimetric analysis, volumetric analysis, pH, refractive index, molecular weight & other standard procedures.

3
EVT-271 Special Topics in Environmental Engineer

Special Topics in Environmental Engineer

ID: EVT-271

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers specific topics related to environmental engineering technology.

3
Semester 4
(6 Credit Hours)
CHT-252 Methods in Analytical Chemistry II

Methods in Analytical Chemistry II

ID: CHT-252

Credit Hours: 3

Topics in this course include the theory & operation of instruments used for chemical analysis in engineering and manufacturing environments including spectroscopy, chromatography, & electrochemical analyses among others. It covers both automated and semi-automated systems, sample preparation, etc.

3
CET-246 Environmental Systems Technology

Environmental Systems Technology

ID: CET-246

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers a study of the sources, treatment, collection and distribution of water and waste water. Also included are water and sewer pipe hydraulics and loads on buried pipes.

3
      Total Credit Hours 33
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$6,204.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(7 Credit Hours)
CHM-110 College Chemistry I

College Chemistry I

ID: CHM-110

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first course in a sequence that includes the following topics: atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria.

4
MAT-110 College Algebra

College Algebra

ID: MAT-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; simple linear programming; solutions of higher degree polynomials; combinatorial algebra, including the binomial theorem; and introduction to probability.

3
Semester 2
(7 Credit Hours)
CHM-111 College Chemistry II

College Chemistry II

ID: CHM-111

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a continuation of the study of atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria. Other topics included are kinetics, thermodynamics,and electrochemistry.

4
MAT-111 College Trigonometry

College Trigonometry

ID: MAT-111

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: circular functions; trigonometric identities; solution of right and oblique triangles; solution of trigonometric equations; polar coordinates; complex numbers, including DeMoivre's Theorem; vectors; conic sections; sequences; and series. (Graphic calculator required)

3
Semester 3
(4 Credit Hours)
EVT-111 Introduction to Water and Wastewater Tre

Introduction to Water and Wastewater Tre

ID: EVT-111

Credit Hours: 1

This course introduces the chemical and biological analytical techniques used to measure water and wastewater quality.

1
EVT-102 Basic Water Treatment

Basic Water Treatment

ID: EVT-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course will enable the student to have a general concept of groundwater and surface water treatment techniques as well as the physical and chemical unit processes applied to drinking water treatment and the daily routine tasks associated with the operation of potable water supply systems.

3
Semester 4
(9 Credit Hours)
CET-218 Hydraulics

Hydraulics

ID: CET-218

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the fundamentals of flow, control, disposal of water, and flow through open and closed conduits, orifices, and weirs.

3
CHT-250 Methods in Analytical Chemistry I

Methods in Analytical Chemistry I

ID: CHT-250

Credit Hours: 3

Topics in this course include wet chemistry techniques & standard non-automated laboratory procedures used in engineering and manufacturing environments, including separations, titrations, gravimetric analysis, volumetric analysis, pH, refractive index, molecular weight & other standard procedures.

3
EVT-271 Special Topics in Environmental Engineer

Special Topics in Environmental Engineer

ID: EVT-271

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers specific topics related to environmental engineering technology.

3
Semester 5
(6 Credit Hours)
CHT-252 Methods in Analytical Chemistry II

Methods in Analytical Chemistry II

ID: CHT-252

Credit Hours: 3

Topics in this course include the theory & operation of instruments used for chemical analysis in engineering and manufacturing environments including spectroscopy, chromatography, & electrochemical analyses among others. It covers both automated and semi-automated systems, sample preparation, etc.

3
CET-246 Environmental Systems Technology

Environmental Systems Technology

ID: CET-246

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers a study of the sources, treatment, collection and distribution of water and waste water. Also included are water and sewer pipe hydraulics and loads on buried pipes.

3
      Total Credit Hours 33
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$6,204.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Environmental Technician

Environmental technicians typically work under the direction of environmental scientists. They monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution by performing laboratory and field tests. They might be part of a team of scientists, engineers, and technicians from other disciplines, working together to solve complex environmental problems that affect public health.

Projected Job Growth

+3.7%

Average Annual Salary

$68,713

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Energy Companies
  • Paper and Packaging Manufacturers
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Water Treatment Corporations

Careers

Water Treatment Operator

Water treatment plant and system operators work in water treatment plants to run the equipment, control the processes, and monitor the plants that treat water to make it safe.

Projected Job Growth

+10.5%

Average Annual Salary

$41,183

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Water Treatment Corporations

What’s next after I complete this program?

Go straight to the workforce

Graduates of this certificate can immediately enter the workforce, getting jobs as environmental technicians or water treatment operators.

Associate in Applied Science in General Technology at MTC

Graduates of this certificate can take additional coursework in general education areas as well as specialized coursework in the area of chemical process technology or chemical technology to complete an associate degree.