Water Environmental Technology Online

Water Environmental Technology Online

Hands-On Learning to Fuel Your Future

The innovative Water Environmental Technology online program provides real-world experience with either a one- or two-year program. The two-year A.A.S. degree includes technical study in water/wastewater procedures complemented by math, science, social science, and humanities classes, as well as an internship.

Keep in mind: if you plan to earn your degree online, you must be ready for college-level math. Not all developmental math courses are available online.

Program graduates work in municipal water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as the collection systems and distribution systems that serve them. 

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Kirkwood is the affordable option! We offer more than $3 million in scholarships every year. 

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Program graduates are able to:

  • Demonstrate oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills in an organized and coherent manner.
  • Perform related math skills for various treatment processes and adjustments.
  • Recognize different processes and apply them to treatment requirements.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of maintenance required for working in treatment systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety requirements for working in treatment systems.
  • Apply knowledge of processes to problems in order to troubleshoot system upsets.
  • Acquire state certification and advanced levels as experience allows.

All Water Environmental Technology students are required to attend a program conference. Before acceptance into the program, you'll be required to attend a program conference where you'll get more information about the program and be able to ask any questions you may have.

Program Costs

Water Environmental Technology 

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021, Spring 2022

Year One

Credits: 18 14 32
Tuition: $3,348 $2,604 $5,952
Fees: $50 $50 $100
Books: $632 $564 $1,196



Credits: 3 3
Tuition: $558 $558
Fees: $50 $50


Year Two

Credits: 17 17 34
Tuition: $3,162 $3,162 $6,324
Fees: $50 $50 $100
Books: $360.25 $185.75 $546




Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
Included fees: Technology Fee
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 186 In-State; $ 249 Out-of-State; $ 372 International
Updated: 1/22/2021

Program Requirements

To get into the Water Environmental Technology program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

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All operators are required by law to be certified. Kirkwood’s program provides training and educational experiences that prepare students for certification examinations. Work experience requirements must be met before you are eligible to take an examination for certification. View the state listing guide to identify which Kirkwood program fulfills state guidelines for professional licensure and certification.

Students may transfer credits from this program to the University of Northern Iowa toward a bachelor's degree in technology management or the University of Iowa toward a bachelor's degree in applied studies.

Our mission in the Water Environmental Technology Program (WET) is to provide quality training and educational programs to graduate quality, qualified employees to aid the management and operating staff of municipal, commercial, and industrial facilities in meeting state and federal licensing and certification requirements.


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