Nov 30, 2022  
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog 
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Water Conservation Technician (online), AAS

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Total Program Length: 92-93

Estimated Program Length: Two years

Offered by the Science  Division, 541.463.6160

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Requirements  

Program Coordinator Roger Ebbage, 541.463.6160,

Purpose The Water Conservation Degree program is exclusively online and prepares students for a career in Water Conservation. Through this program individuals learn to evaluate water patterns; develop, implement, market and maintain water conservation programs / perform public outreach; recommend water efficiency techniques; integrate alternative water sources, and perform systems analysis to solve use problems. The graduate will be trained to fill positions such as Water Conservation Program Specialist, Water Resource Specialist, Stormwater Technician, Stewardship Coordinator, Resource Coordinator and many more. Jobs are in the Federal, State, Local, Non-Government and Private Sectors in both profit and non-profit venues.

Learning Outcomes The student who successfully completes all Water Conservation Technician requirements will:

  • Evaluate indoor and outdoor water use patterns for rural, urban, residential and commercial sites.
  • Recommend water efficiency measures, wise water landscapes and efficient plumbing solutions.
  • Design, implement and evaluate and market water conservation programs to a broad audience.
  • Convey water conservation strategies to a broad audience using multiple communication methods.
  • Understand regional regulatory context and international code trends as they pertain to water conservation.
  • Develop basic knowledge of water resource economics and how economics relates to supply and demand.
  • Understand water distribution, flow and elimination systems; basic hydraulics; quality issues; balance and time of use.
  • Create technical reports and collect, interpret, display and explain data.
  • Perform systems analysis using water bills, meters and other evidence to solve problems.

Admission Information For more information or to apply, go to

Advising and Counseling Roger Ebbage, 541.463.6160,

Cooperative Education (Co-op) Cooperative Education provides related field experience to integrate theory and practice while developing skills and exploring career options. Students must complete a minimum of six and a maximum of 18 Co-op credits. Please contact the Cooperative Education Coordinator, Gerry Mennaghan at 541 463 5883 or

Job Openings and Wages Projected through 2022

Career Pathways Roadmap

The annual projected number of openings the Western US region is growing rapidly along with population growth and water shortage. In addition to openings resulting from growth and awareness of water conservation needs, new positions are being created across the country, providing numerous job openings. Graduates must consider the entire nation and overseas for job placement as those that do will substantially enhance their employment opportunities.

The Western US Region wage range is from $32,000 to $ 70,000. Wages depend on location. Large metropolitan area will have higher wages than more rural locations.

Estimated Program Cost

Program Specific Fees   $1,000
Resident Tuition and General Student Fees   $9, 816
  Total Estimated Cost $10,816

*Course fees may change during the year. See the online credit class schedule for fees assigned to courses.

Program Notes

  • Prerequisites are required for some courses. See Courses .
  • All WATR courses (except WATR 102 ) require instructor permission prior to enrolling.
  • MTH 095  may be taken any term but must be completed by the end of the first year. If math is taken in the self-paced format through the Math Resource Center, then all credits must be completed to meet the math requirement.
  • WR 121 , WR 122 , Human Relations, Directed Electives, and Health/PE may be taken any term.
  • Cooperative Education (WATR 280 ) may be taken summer term.
  • All WATR courses are offered fully online.
  • Lane Community College does not offer ENSC 183  or GS 101  online. These courses must be taken on campus or transferred from another institution.
  • Deviation from the prescribed course sequence will impact a student's ability to complete the program in a two year time frame. Please contact Program Coordinator and/or Academic Advisor to determine prescribed course sequence.

General Education

GENERAL EDUCATION courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass. It is recommended the following GENERAL EDUCATION requirements be completed prior to entering the program.

Program Core Courses

ENSC 183 , GIS 151 , WATR 102 , WATR 222 , and WATR 280  must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass. All other CORE courses must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better. P/NP is not accepted.

NOTE: BT 123  has prerequisites of CIS 101  or CS 120  or BT 120 , AND MTH 065  or higher.

Directed Electives

DIRECTED ELECTIVES must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass. DIRECTED ELECTIVES may be completed online, on campus, or transferred from another institution.

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