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About our Water Treatment
Technology Associate
Degree & Certificate

The need for trained water treatment technicians across Maine and the United States is growing. In an effort to help alleviate the shortage in Maine, SMCC is partnering with NMCC to deliver both certificate and associate degree level water treatment technology training on the South Portland campus.

While state-of-the-art technology will enable students to access lectures from anywhere, hands-on laboratory-based exercises, under the direction of a qualified faculty member, will be held on the South Portland campus. The Water Treatment Technology Program will provide students a fundamental understanding of the scientific principles used to treat drinking water, as well as sanitize wastewater before it is discharged back into the environment. Students will learn industry theory and gain “hands-on” experience using laboratory exercises to better understand the information across the spectrum — from the basics to an in-depth study of Water and Wastewater Treatment.

During the admissions process, students’ information related to previous college courses and work-related experience will be evaluated for prior learning credit. Such evaluation may reduce the time for degree completion. General education courses for degree attainment, will be available from SMCC or offered online by NMCC.

Out-of-State Licensure Information

If you are completing this program and will be seeking licensure in another state, please download our Out-of-State Licensure document.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Technician
  • Chemical Processing Specialist
  • Lab Analyst
  • Sales Account Manager

Continue Your Education

SMCC graduates have used our transfer agreements to continue their education at:

  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Maine College of Art
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Saint Joseph’s College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Thomas College
  • University of Maine
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Wellesley College

To view our seamless transfer agreements, visit our Transfer webpage.

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Not ready to commit to a degree program? We may have other options that work for you.

Did you know that we offer a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the workforce and start earning quickly? These programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. They are also often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees). And, if you find you want to keep going, we can help you find a related academic degree or certificate program of interest with which you can continue your education.


Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Contact Info:

NMCC Admissions: admissions@nmcc.edu

Instructor: Patrick Wiley, 207-360-1553 or pwiley@smccME.edu

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


South Portland, Brunswick & Online