What to Expect
The full-time program is a combination of traditional delivery and self-study activities. Course delivery in the full-time program is based on the Lecture/Lab model supported by field trips and guest lecturing.
Hands-on training in the use of laboratory equipment and the maintenance and operation of mechanical equipment will require some physical work, including lifting objects weighing up to 20 kg (approximately 50 lbs.)
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average:
- 30 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
- 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.
Students enjoy specially equipped labs and facilities that will give them practical, hands-on experience with technology and systems they can expect to see in industry.
Is This Program For You?
To be successful, water and wastewater technicians must have:
- Good hearing
- Good eyesight and colour vision
- Good manual dexterity
- Good health
- The ability to climb ladders, lift, bend and work in awkward positions
- Mechanical aptitude
- A good work ethic and a responsible, conscientious attitude
- The ability to work independently and as part of a team
- An interest in public utilities and facilities
- Good math skills and the ability to perform calculations using formulas, percentages and ratios
- Good oral and written communication skills
Students can expect to receive practical, hands on training that will provide them the tools, vocabulary and foundational knowledge necessary to make an immediate impact in the workforce.
Women in Technology and Trades
The Water and Wastewater Technician program is supported by Women in Technology and Trades (WITT), an offering of NAIT Student Engagement. The goal of WITT is to ensure that all female students are aware of and prepared for the career opportunities that are available to them in diverse technical fields. Throughout the year, WITT provides networking events, lunch and learns, mentorship opportunities and support services that are available to women in technology and trades programs at NAIT.