Earth Resources Technician


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Program Description

Graduates of our Earth Resources Technician program are often the employees of choice for major companies in the growing and wide-ranging earth resources and geotechnical sector.

Program Highlights

As an Earth Resources Technician, you can expect to be in demand. Career opportunities are diverse, ranging from the analysis of soil and rock, to groundwater assessment, from mineral exploration, to civil engineering and environmental consulting.

The mandatory, 6 month paid co-op work term gives you the opportunity to earn while you learn, and make valuable connections within the industry. Note that students are not placed in jobs. The College supports a process with industry contacts to assist students to be successful in gaining co-op employment in applied geology.

A strong foundation is the bedrock of this program. Fleming College is the only college that offers such depth in geotechnical studies. But it is our unique mix of integrated courses in minerals, geophysics, geotechnical and environmental assessment that gives you a well-rounded and comprehensive skill set to prepare for a career in most workplaces of applied geology. Employers value this combination and tell us they can't find it elsewhere.

In this two-year diploma program, you'll also study such support skills as computing, sampling and safety planning, and communications - essentials for any earth resources professional. You will learn hands-on in this program, using our in-class geological equipment and computer technology. You learn observation and testing skills before the co-op work term. Following the co-op work term, you learn more technical content through lab work, field work on site and field trips.

Why Choose Fleming

  • Fleming College has been offering geology programs for over 30 years and has acquired a well-established reputation
  • This program is extremely well supported by alumni - who donate equipment, samples, AND help new grads find meaningful work in the field - or hire them
  • Many of your faculty have worked as geologists or in a related field - and share their experience and expertise enthusiastically with their students
  • You have the opportunity to do significant experiential learning right here on campus - including soil, water and core testing
  • For every hour you spend in lecture, you'll spend two hours working at a hands-on project.

Common First Semester

Students in our School’s diploma programs take the same courses for first semester after choosing and being accepted into one of our programs. This common focus exposes you to a variety of career options – and other programs. You will have the freedom to explore and obtain a multidisciplinary perspective, while you acquire a base of knowledge and fundamental skills.

Although students are accepted into a specific program for their first semester, the common first semester allows you to change direction if another program or career area is more appealing. Once you have successfully completed the common first semester, you can enter the program of your choice in second semester, subject to enrolment capacity.

Thomas Luloff is the Coordinator for Common First Semester.

Work Experience

You will participate in a mandatory, paid 6 month co-op following semester 2. The co-op will take place from May to mid October, and provide an opportunity to enhance your learning experience, skills and abilities, as well as the opportunity to earn income.

Please note: In addition to paying tuition and fees while studying at Frost Campus, students will pay a co-op fee (approximately $506.00) for administrative costs associated with the co-op.

Is this You?

You have to love working in the outdoors if you want to succeed and be happy in this career. Other than that, you should possess:

  • the ability to work within a group/team
  • computer literacy
  • self-discipline
  • good organizational skills
  • time management skills
  • math skills/logical thinking
  • analytical/creative thinking skills
  • good oral/written communication skills

Career Opportunities

There's a shortage of skilled graduates to meet the growth in the geotechnical and mining exploration sectors. At our most recent on-campus job fairs, companies that recruited our graduates included Golder Associates, Crone Geophysics, LVM Group, Schlumberger Canada, Kiewit, Quantec, and Taku Gold.

Some were hiring for multiple positions. Sample job titles include:

  • geotechnical technician
  • environmental technician
  • process control/quality control technician
  • hydrogeologic technician
  • lab and field technician
  • engineering technician/technologist
  • geophysicist operator

Your job duties could include terrain evaluation, soil, water and bedrock description and evaluation, groundwater and surface water pollution studies, engineering inspection for structures, remote sensing for earth resources, exploration for water, aggregates, minerals and site assessments. You could work for employers such as consulting engineering firms, aggregate production companies, mineral exploration companies, mineral processing labs, groundwater consultants, environmental planners, government agencies, and other corporations.

With growth in the construction industry throughout Ontario, and in minerals exploration throughout Alberta and the north, employment prospects are high. Or, you might consider working abroad. Many graduates have experienced rapid advancement in their careers within a short period of time, partly because of the real shortage of people with the necessary education and training.

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:

  • 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
  • 2 College (C) Math courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.

International Students

If you are an international student, check the information on admission requirements and how to apply located here. Please note that the six-month co-op must take place in Canada, and it may be difficult to complete this program if you are on a limited visa.

Program Progression

Note: All Prospective Students

This program has mandatory curriculum requirements. All first and second semester courses must be successfully completed before the student is eligible to enrol for the Co-op work term. The Co-op work term must be finished to complete the program. If a student does not finish a required component the length of time to complete the program will increase. Contact the program coordinator if you have any questions about these requirements.

Related Programs

Many of our grads continue with their studies to increase their specialization. You might want to consider taking the Geographical Information Systems - Application Specialist or Cartographic Specialist post-graduate programs. Other students pursue a second diploma in Resources Drilling and Blasting or Environmental Technician.

Additional Costs

Plan on spending about $1,500 in the first year and $525 in the second year for books, supplies and camp fees. There may also be additional accommodation and travel costs incurred during the Co-op work term.

Transfer Agreements

  • Acadia University
  • Griffith University
Last updated Feb 2018

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