Water Resource Management at Bay College
For more information contact:

Cory Larson

HATC Room 412B larsonc@baycollege.edu

Bay College
2001 N Lincoln Road
Escanaba, MI 49829

We swim in it, bathe in it, drink it, make a living with it, and over 70 percent of the Earth is covered by it – WATER. Our proximity to the Great Lakes, which contain approximately 18 percent of the world’s fresh water supply and make up the largest system of fresh surface water on earth, makes a career in water a natural choice.

Why a Degree in Water Resource Management?
  • Average starting salary of $20.25 per hour (annual salary of $42,120)*
  • The job openings to available college graduate ratio is 15 to 1
  • On Michigan’s “Hot 50 Jobs” list
  • 11.3% Job Growth 2008-2018*
   *according to Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives

Why Bay College?
  • One of the few programs of its kind in the nation, Bay’s Water Resource Management Program has run for 46 continuous years
  • Graduates are highly sought after and targeted as desired candidates for employment
  • Opportunity for rapid promotion and job mobility because graduates are in such high demand nationwide
  • Upon completion of the program, immediate eligibility to take highest level state certifications, which are accepted across the country
  • Instructors help students with state exam preparation and practice certification exams
Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Applied Science in Environmental Management
Associate in Applied Science in Water Resource Management
Associate in Applied Science in Water Resource Management (1+1)
Complete the first year of your education at one of the following colleges, then attend Bay College for a semester and a half and 8 weeks of field experience in the location of your choice.
         •  Alpena Community College
         •  Glen Oaks Community College
         •  Gogebic Community College
         •  Grand Rapids Community College
         •  Kalamazoo Community College
         •  Kellogg Community College
         •  Lake Michigan College
         •  Lansing Community College
         •  West Shore Community College
Certificate in Water Technology

Career Options with Associate in Applied Science Degree

Work in Water Resource Management involves monitoring the quality of water resources and maintaining local, state and federal purification process requirements for safety purposes. Graduates of this program are prepared to go into water and wastewater treatment management.

Water and wastewater treatment technicians, also known as facilities technicians, are needed to maintain high water quality. Job duties include:
  • Managing and streamlining proper system operations
  • Maintaining water supplies and wastewater treatment facilities
  • Following governmental procedures needed to produce the highest quality of water for municipal and industrial systems
  • Acquiring an in-depth understanding of exactly how machinery and processes work
  • Efficiently managing workflow for superior water quality
  • Troubleshooting problems under pressure
  • Repairing breakdowns
  • Making overall processes run smoothly
  • Working effectively without supervision
Students participate in on-the-job training to prepare for careers in:
  • industrial or municipal water and wastewater operations and management
  • environmental consulting
  • engineering
  • contract operations
  • state agencies
  • chemical or equipment sales
  • instructor and operator training
  • hazardous waste treatment specialists
  • State/Federal regulatory agency technicians
  • environmental research
  • hydrogeology
For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions and wage and employment trend information.

Career Options with the Certificate in Water Technology

The certificate program is designed for individuals already working in the field and want an education to advance their position. It is not recommended for those trying to enter the field.


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization. Bay College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?
Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.
Contact us today to find out how to get started on your career in 
Water Resource Management! 

Water Resource Management at Bay College
Bay College Main,
2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829
906.786.5802 Main Campus Directions