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Stream of FAST Students Embark on Promising Careers Delivering Clean Water

June 1, 2022

Several students from the Civil Engineering Technology Program have successfully received their certificate for the Entry Level Drinking Water Operator course, and also completed an extra 3-day hands-on training at Walkerton Clean Water Centre, both of which are important steps on the career path towards becoming a municipal drinking water system operator!

Humber College is one of 12 Ontario Colleges that have partnered with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks and the Walkerton Clean Water Centre (a training centre for certified water operators) to deliver their Entry Level Drinking Water Operator course, which is one of the requirements to becoming a Class 1 licensed Drinking Water Operator in Ontario.

In addition, several students made the lovely country drive to Walkerton, Ontario, unfortunately known for the tragic waterborne outbreak of E.Coli in the municipal water system in 2000. Students enjoyed three intense days of hands-on training in the leading-edge and well-equipped lab facilities of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre. Donned in lab coats and PPE, they practiced jar test experiments, operating and monitoring a conventional treatment system, including setting up chemical feed systems for coagulation and flocculation, and backwashing of filters.

This hands-on training has provided valuable skills for our students to gain a competitive advantage as they embark on their career path as a licenced municipal drinking water system operator. We are so proud of their accomplishments!

If you have any questions about Humber’s Entry Level Drinking Water Operator course or the municipal water, wastewater, and stormwater management related courses in the Civil Engineering Technology Program, please contact Shawn Cleary, MASc., P.Eng at

Students at Walker Clean Water Centre

Students at Walker Clean Water Centre

Students at Walker Clean Water Centre