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

Water Resource management

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*
  • 1 in 5 jobs in Michigan related to water**
   *according to Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives
    ** according to Grand Valley State University's "Michigan's Blue Economy" research

Why Bay College?
  • One of the few programs of its kind in the nation, Bay’s Water Resource Management Program has run for 47 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 Options

Associate in Applied Science in Environmental Management
  • The Environmental Management Program is designed to prepare students to become environmental managers, bio field and laboratory managers, consultants, engineering managers, environmental planners, and business managers. This program will provide students with a strong background in a variety of environmental operations, field and laboratory equipment use, environmental law, business management, and real work experience in the environmental and business world.
Associate in Applied Science in Water Resource Management
  • The Water Resource Management Program is designed for providing specialized training in water and wastewater treatment theory and application to both entry-level personnel and those already in the field. Persons who complete degree requirements and gain appropriate work experience may qualify to progress through certification to the highest grade licensure in municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment.
Associate in Applied Science in Water Resource Management (1+1)
  • Bay de Noc Community college offers a 1+1 program in Water Resource Management. After completing a basic Freshman year curriculum in science, students may transfer to Bay College for specialized courses in Water Technology. Upon graduation, students are awarded an Associate in Applied Science in Water Resource Management degree and are immediately eligible for certification and entrance into the water/wastewater treatment industry.
  • 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
  • This certificate program trains the entry-level maintenance operators and laboratory technicians for jobs with municipalities and industries involved with control and prevention of water pollution. The curriculum provides students with the basic knowledge and skills required to enter the water/wastewater field and other related areas of water resource protection and analysis. 

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! 

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2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829
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