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Water Treatment Operation - School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability and Professional Studies

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About the Program

A community is only as healthy as its water supply. Not many years ago, deaths related to unclean water were common. Water contamination continues to be a problem in many rural areas of New Mexico, partly because of insufficient wastewater treatment systems. Skilled water and wastewater system operators are critical to the health of all communities.

The water and wastewater technology training certificate program is designed both for those currently working in water and wastewater treatment and for those interested in entering this growing career field. If you're already working, the classes will help you improve on-the-job skills. The program can raise your certification level, ensuring you better pay and increased job opportunities.

Career Opportunities:

  • Operator in a water or wastewater treatment facility
  • Advance your career if you are already working
  • Prepare for certification by the New Mexico Environment Department

City of Santa Fe Water Division Director Gary Martinez on job opportunities:

"Water and Wastewater Training is a technical field with many career opportunities and excellent pay packages. The State of New Mexico offers four different levels of certification with career development opportunities for employees who maintain employment, get experience, and accomplish higher levels of certification.

Currently, the City of Santa Fe has about 10 job openings a year for certified water and wastewater systems operators. The remainder of the state also has many shortages of certified wastewater operators. We anticipate the need for additional trained personnel when Santa Fe's new Surface Water Treatment Facility is operational in 2010. Severe shortages are expected in the next decade, as most of our present operational staff will be retiring."

Gary Martinez
Water Division Director
City of Santa Fe, N.M.



For more information, please contact the School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability and Professional Studies, 505-428-1251,

Santa Fe Community College | 6401 Richards Ave. | Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508 | 505-428-1000
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