Qualified college or university graduates gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of this three year program, which will prepare them for the constantly changing field of environmental technology. Practical training in the three foundation disciplines of chemistry, biology and civil engineering means that you can understand and manage complex environmental problems. This unique combination of technical skills will greatly increase your career options.
Students 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 enhance their education by working as paid employees in the field. This experience allows you to put classroom learning into practice and provides 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.
- Take part in a program that is the recipient of Centennial College’s President’s Academic Program Recognition Award for Outstanding Student Satisfaction
- Graduates are qualified to write the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Operator-in-Training exam
- Opportunities exist for participation in local conservation and restoration activities
- Graduates can apply to register with the Ontario Association of Certified engineering Technicians and Technologist (OACETT).
Environmental companies and government organizations hire Centennial graduates for:
Drinking Water Operators
- laboratory and field work in water and waste chemistry
- microbiological and toxicity testing
- soil collection and analysis
- technical sales
- materials handling
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.
After semester 4 courses are completed, students can write the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Operator-in-Training (OIT) and Water Quality Analyst (WQA) exams.
The Environmental Technology Fast Track program is the recipient of the President's Academic Program Recognition Award for outstanding graduate satisfaction.
CTAB Nationally Accredited Program
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.