This nationally accredited Environmental Technology program prepares you for the constantly changing field of environmental technology. Practical training in the three foundation disciplines of biology, chemistry and civil engineering means that graduates can understand and manage complex environmental problems. This unique combination of technical skills will greatly increase your career options.
You will learn to function effectively with the tools and equipment used in microbiology, ecological field sampling, analytical chemistry, hazardous material management, surveying and municipal engineering, AutoCAD drawing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping.
Laboratory practice in water quality testing, groundwater movement, computer aided environmental audits and the chemistry of pollutants will give you the skills needed to analyze and remediate the urban environment.
This program offers an optional co-op component. Academically-qualified students can put classroom learning into practice, and make valuable contacts for future careers.
You don’t have to be a superhero to protect the planet. You’ll learn to use the tools and equipment needed in microbiology, ecological field sampling, analytical chemistry and surveying. Participate in local conservation and restoration activities. After semester four, you will have met the requirements for the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) Entry-Level Courses for Drinking Water Operators and be qualified to write the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) Operator-in-Training and Water Quality Analyst exams.
- Program graduates may be eligible to apply credits towards university degrees
- Opportunities exist for participation in local conservation and restoration activities
- After semester four courses are completed, students can write the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Operator-in-Training (OIT) and Water Quality Analyst (WQA) exams.
- Graduates can apply to register with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologist (OACETT).
Pathways to University
If you’ve graduated from the Environmental Technologist 3 year advanced diploma then you may be eligible to enter the Environmental Management program and earn a Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management degree from the University of Guelph. Please contact your Program Coordiator for details.
Environmental companies hire program graduates for:
- laboratory and field work in water and waste chemistry
- microbiological and toxicity testing
- soil collection and analysis
- technical sales
- materials handling
Drinking Water Operators
CTAB Nationally Accredited Program
Entry-level course for Drinking Water Operators
Students who successfully complete this course will have met the requirements of the Ministry of the Environment's entry-level course for drinking water operators. This course is delivered by Centennial College in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment and the Walkerton Clean Water Centre.
The Environmental Technology and its co-op program are recipients of the President's Academic Program Recognition Award for outstanding student satisfaction.
The Environmental Technology program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).
Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technician/Technologist
The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) recognizes the Environmental Technology program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technologist category.
The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body, not by Centennial College. In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.
Continue directly into the technology year to gain further specialization with the tools and equipment used in AutoCAD and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). You’ll also gain experience in advanced analytical chemistry, hazardous material management, and municipal engineering.