Course Description

Provides you with a basic understanding of the chemical mechanisms and dispersion principles that form air pollution, in particular, criteria and toxic pollutants,and how air pollution is regulated in California. You will focus on measurement of air pollution, discussing the principles of measurement techniques for ambient levels of ozone, NO2, SO2, PM, CO, and Pb using reference methods and low-cost sensors. Approximately a third of the course will address:

  • field operation of instrumentation
  • calibrating instruments
  • data collection
  • the importance of proper data handling, analysis, and quality assurance

Also includes a laboratory section for hands-on use of various instrumentation. At the end of the course, you will possess many of the requirements needed to serve as an air quality technician, level I/II position (SCAQMD), or an Air Resources Technician or Specialist (CARB).


  • Basic Chemistry and/or Physics (high school level)
  • Pre-Calculus or Algebra 2 (high school level)
  • Experience with basic shop tools/mechanics
  • Basic understanding of Excel, including using formulas, tables, and charts.
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