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Environmental Technology


Folsom Lake College Environmental Technology

Folsom Lake College offers courses and/or programs in environmental technology (ENVT) in two areas:

Environmental Technology

Folsom Lake College offers courses to provide foundational content to students interested in environmental protection, sustainability, regulatory compliance, and workplace safety and health applications. Students pursuing study in environmental technology, environmental studies, sustainability, natural resources, and related fields may continue their studies at other two- or four-year institutions. Students completing degrees in these and related disciplines may be employed by businesses and governmental agencies that require a knowledge of techniques for storage, treatment, transport, and disposal of hazardous materials; a basic understanding of the chemical and biological phenomena which underlie environmental protection; and an understanding of environmental health and safety. Technicians may be employed in remediation, monitoring, compliance, or environmental information applications.

Water/Wastewater Management

Folsom Lake College offers courses to prepare students in competency areas to enter the field or to enhance existing abilities of individuals already employed in the field seeking to advance in Certified Operator Grade Level. Students may seek employment by private and municipal wastewater treatment facilities or industrial treatment plants. Careers in water/wastewater technology generally involve the administration, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of water/wastewater treatment facilities as well as sewer collection systems. Significant opportunities also exist in raw water distribution, recycled water production, desalination, advanced treatment of wastewater for indirect and direct potable use, water storage and distribution, water conservation, and enhancing the energy efficiency of wastewater treatment facilities.

Career Options

Environmental Technology

  • Agricultural Chemical Manufacture & Application Firms
  • Analytical Laboratories
  • Electronics Semiconductor Industry
  • Energy & Environmental Audit/Inventories
  • Engineering/Consulting Firms
  • Governmental Compliance Agencies
  • Solid Waste Disposal Landfills
  • Storage, Treatment, and Disposal Facilities
  • Warehouse-Transportation Systems
  • Workplace Health and Safety Support

Wastewater Management

  • Backflow Program Manager
  • California Certified Drinking Water Treatment Plant Operator
  • California Certified Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
  • Cross Connection Control Specialist
  • Equipment Maintenance Operator
  • Instrumentation and Control Technician or Supervisor
  • Mechanical Systems Technician
  • Meter Maintenance Technician
  • Plant Process Control Supervisor
  • Recycled Water Inspector
  • Water Systems Technician

Many career options require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required to fulfill some career options or for preparation for transfer to a college or university program.


Environmental Technology

  • Broad-based field with applications ranging from recordkeeping to pollution cleanup to emergency response

Wastewater Management

  • Streamlined curriculum designed to meet the competency areas for students interested in entering into the field of water and wastewater management and to enhance the existing abilities of an individual already employed in the field
  • Broad-based field providing a firm foundation of the training regulations, general management, and operational challenges associated with water, wastewater, and recycled water industries
  • Lecture and laboratory settings with field trips to a variety of treatment plants in the region
  • Work experience and internship opportunities with local water and wastewater agencies and related providers