Earth Resources Technician Co-op

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

September 2019

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 5 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 03, 2019
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$2,206.87 per semester*
$8,004.19 per semester*
Complete tuition detail below
* 2018/2019 fees are displayed.
   Tuition for 2019/2020 is subject to change.

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

Are you interested in being paid to travel? Or working in your community? Are you seeking a hands-on career? Then geoscience is for you. Fleming College is the only college that offers a BLEND OF GEOLOGY, MINERAL EXPLORATION, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND ENGINEERING TECHNIQUES IN ONE PROGRAM. It is this unique mix of integrated courses in minerals, geophysics, geotechnical and environmental assessment that gives you a well-rounded and comprehensive skill set valued by employers.

As an Earth Resources Technician, you can expect to be in demand. Graduates of the ERT program pursue a variety of careers in applied geology and have one of the highest post-graduation employment rates in their field of study of any Fleming College program. Career opportunities include soil and rock analysis, land use management, groundwater assessment, mineral exploration, cleaning up contaminated sites, and other site investigations. You will learn how to win co-op work opportunities and will complete a six-month paid Co-op work term in an applied geology role. Our co-op students gain confidence in their abilities during their work term, and often secure full-time employment with their co-op employers. You will also study computing, sampling and safety planning, and communications - essentials for any earth resources professional and very important for the future developments in your career. Should you choose to continue your studies after graduation, we have several options. For more information please see the University Transfer Agreements at the end of this document.

Hands-on learning from industry-experienced faculty is a major part of this program. Fleming College recently reopened the geology wing after a $4.5 million upgrade of our program teaching labs and field equipment, as part of the development of a GeoCentre at the Frost Campus.

Why Choose Fleming

  • Fleming College has been offering geology programs for over 30 years and has acquired a well-established reputation
  • If you wish to continue studies at University there are two fast track options that can lead to Professional Geoscientist Status; Acadia University, Nova Scotia in Geology, and Trent University, Ontario, in Environmental Geoscience, both of which offer the opportunity to complete your B.Sc. degree with a further two years of study
  • 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

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.

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 $558.00) 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 or be willing to work on acquiring these skills during the program:

  • 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

Canada is experiencing a shortage of skilled graduates to meet growth in the geotechnical, environmental and mining exploration sectors. At our most recent on-campus job fairs, companies that recruited our graduates included Ground Truth Exploration, Golder Associates, Crone Geophysics, GHD, Stantec, Aecon, Amec Foster Wheeler, Brigus Gold and many others. 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
  • mining or mineral exploration technician

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.

International Students

If you are an international student, check the information on admission requirements and how to apply.

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 Technician 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.

Trent University B.Sc. Environmental Geoscience - Pathway to Earth Resources Technician

Trent University graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Environmental Geoscience have the opportunity to complete the Earth Resources Technician program in just under one calendar year, in two semesters and a Co-op. Eligible students will enter fourth semester. The Co-op will be completed only after a student has successfully completed all fourth and fifth semester academic requirements. Trent Environmental Geoscience graduates should contact the Earth Resources Technician program coordinator for more information before beginning their studies at Fleming College.

Program Progression

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.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students applying to Earth Resources Technician Co-op must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD including Gr 12 C English and Gr 12 C Math

OSSD with majority of courses at College (C ) or Open (O) unless otherwise stated.
Grade 12 C courses will be accepted where Gr 11 C course requirements are listed.
Where College level courses are listed, U and M courses will be accepted.
Two Gr 11 courses will be accepted in lieu of a Gr 12 course requirement.

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.

Tuition Detail

Tuition and ancillary fees are subject to change without notice. The fees presented below reflect Fall start programs only for the current academic year. For details about the fee differences for other program start dates please refer to the below.

Transfer Agreements

You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized below.

Acadia University

  • Minimum B- cumulative average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 3rd year studies
  • Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply contact the institution's Admissions Office

For more information
Visit the Acadia University website for further articulation and program information.

Algoma University

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).
Transfer Credit
  • 33 out of a 90 credit degree
  • Refer to for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Algoma University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the website for agreement information.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).
Transfer Credit
  • 39 out of a 120 credit degree
  • Refer to for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Algoma University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the website for agreement information.

Griffith University

  • Minimum 65% cumulative average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 3rd out of a 6 semester program
  • Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the KOM Consultants website.

For more information
Visit the Griffith University website for further articulation and program information.

Trent University

  • Minimum 75% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 9 out of a 20 credit degree
  • Refer to for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Trent University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the website for agreement information.

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