Environmental Technician


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Program Description

As an Environmental Technician, you will work to prevent environmental problems, resolve environmental issues when necessary, and provide education to the public.

Program Highlights

Throughout this program, you will engage in a wide range of hands-on environmental training activities to complement your in-class courses. As a result, you'll be well-prepared to monitor and improve the natural environment.

  • Our Environmental Technician program has achieved accreditation by the Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission (CEAC), a standing committee of Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada.
  • Students are eligible for a number of environmental certifications through ECO Canada, including Environmental Professional (EP) and Environmental Professional-in-Training (EPt).
  • Graduates of the Environmental Technician program who successfully pass the Certification Examination in the Water Treatment and Pollution Control course will have met the requirements of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Control (MOECC) Entry-Level Course for Drinking Water Operators (which must be obtained in order to be employed as a Drinking Water Operator). The course is delivered by Fleming College in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment and the Walkerton Clean Water Centre.
  • Students also acquire four MOECC Operator-in-Training Certificates (“OIT’s”) in Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Treatment and Wastewater Collection required for employment in the drinking water and wastewater treatment disciplines.
  • The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) conditionally recognizes program graduates as meeting academic requirements for certification as C. Tech. (Certified Technician).

Graduates of the Environmental Technician program who continue on to the Environmental Technology program may also have the opportunity to assist researchers in the college’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT). The focus of this nationally-accredited facility is the development of wastewater treatment technologies for use in northern climates.

Work Experience

Textbooks are not enough when it comes to preparing capable technicians for the field. You'll have plenty of hands-on experience through the use of our specialized facilities, including environmental laboratories, outdoor groundwater monitoring network, as well as access to a unique geologic and physiographic college setting. You will practice teamwork during field school and projects, and participate in a multitude of field trips to both outdoor settings and industrial/municipal facilities.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have found themselves in a wide range of environmental careers, including:

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Watershed Technician
  • Environmental Technician
  • Environmental Officer
  • Special environment "Sector Compliance" team
  • Groundwater Technician
  • Water/Wastewater Plant Operators (industrial and municipal)
  • Geotechnical Technician
  • Soil Rehabilitation Technician
  • Water Quality Technician

The employment level is consistently very high with recent graduates finding work across Canada and around the world in the public and private sectors. Employers include government ministries/departments, regulatory agencies, environmental consultants, non-governmental or non-profit organizations, and urban/rural planners.

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 you find 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.

Is this You?

Obviously, you've got to enjoy working outdoors. Previous experience working for or volunteering with environmental organizations of any kind is an asset. You should also possess:

  • good oral and written communication skills
  • research skills
  • technical writing skills
  • attention to detail
  • analytical ability
  • flexibility in work environment
  • interest in the outdoors and protecting/improving the environment

Employment in this environmental discipline often involves wearing specialized equipment (such as chest waders) to carry out specific tasks, lifting (such as outboard motors), working with pumps and motors, walking in rough terrain to conduct wetland evaluation, marsh and forest bird surveys, and working in inclement weather, such as during oil spill cleanup, winter and rainy conditions.

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.

*Students starting in January are required to attend over the summer semester.

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.

Advanced Standing

Are you a university graduate with a Bachelor of Science or Environmental Studies degree? You may be eligible for advanced standing to enter this program in semester three.

Pathway Program

If you do not meet the admission requirements for Environmental Technician, consider the General Arts and Science – Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option. This pathway program may provide the requirements you need for admission, while you earn credit for first semester of Environmental Technician.

Related Programs

Graduates of the Environmental Technician program are qualified to continue their education in the Technology program. You might also want to check out the Ecosystem Management, Fish and Wildlife Technician or another of our two-year diploma programs. In just two more semesters, you can obtain another Technician diploma, expand your career opportunities and graduate with a dual diploma.

Additional Costs

In addition to tuition and fees, plan on spending about $750 in the first year and $525 in the second year for books, supplies and field schools.

Transfer Agreements

  • Acadia University
  • Lakehead University
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Guelph
  • Western University
Last updated Dec 2017

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