Environmental Technician (Optional Co-op)

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

September 2018

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 04, 2018
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
ETN
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,145.38 per semester*
International:
$7,793.45 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

January 2019

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 07, 2019
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
ETN
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,079.38 per semester*
International:
$7,734.69 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

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.

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

Optional Co-op

Students entering the program in September may apply to participate in an optional paid co-op. The deadline to apply is Week 9. As space is limited, selection of applicants is competitive and based on the following criteria: grades factor as 80% and the other 20% is a personal statement explaining why you are a good candidate and will be successful in a co-op position. Students must have achieved a 70% (2.5 GPA) average, maintain a 70% average, and pass all classes in order to apply and enrol in the Co-op Option. Students must also submit their resume and copies of certificates, if applicable. Students who are accepted will participate in a Co-op Preparation course, and will do their co-op between semesters 2 and 3. The Co-op Option provides the opportunity to:

  • Integrate classroom learning with work-based learning
  • Explore the variety of careers available in the field
  • Network for future job opportunities
  • Earn while you learn

(The Co-op Option is not available for students who begin the program in January, as they attend classes over the summer.)

Please note: In addition to paying tuition and fees for 4 semesters of study, students participating in the co-op pay a co-op fee (approximately $558.00) for administrative costs associated with the co-op placement.

Work Experience

All program students obtain extensive 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.

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. For details, see the Environmental Technician - Advanced Standing program page.

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.

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.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students applying to Environmental Technician (Optional 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.

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

Requirement
  • Minimum B- cumulative average
Transfer Credit
  • 51 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit articulation agreement for details

To apply contact the institution's Admissions Office

For more information

Algoma University

Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Transfer Credit
  • 54 out of a 90 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Transfer Credit
  • 54 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Transfer Credit
  • 36 out of a 90 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Transfer Credit
  • 42 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information

Athabasca University

Requirement
  • Successful completion of program
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit articulation agreement for details

To apply contact the institution's Admissions Office

For more information
Requirement
  • Successful completion of program
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit articulation agreement for details

To apply contact the institution's Admissions Office

For more information
Requirement
  • Successful completion of program
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit articulation agreement for details

To apply contact the institution's Admissions Office

For more information
Requirement
  • Successful completion of program
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit articulation agreement for details

To apply contact the institution's Admissions Office

For more information

Griffith University

Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative average
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 3rd out of a 6 semester program

To apply please see the KOM Consultants website.

For more information

Institute of Technology, Sligo

Requirement
  • Minimum 60% cumulative average
  • BSc (Ordinary) graduates in the above program will be eligible to achieve a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science through one year of full-time onsite study.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 3rd year studies;
    Visit articulation agreement for details

To apply please see the KOM Consultants website.

For more information

Lakehead University

Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative average
  • Required to attend and successfully complete a 4-week Lakehead University summer transition program
Transfer Credit
  • 10 out of a 20 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative average
  • Required to attend and successfully complete a 4-week Lakehead University summer transition program
Transfer Credit
  • 10 out of a 20 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information

University of Guelph

Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative average
  • Passing grade in all courses required for completion of the diploma
Transfer Credit
  • 5 out of a 20 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information

Western University

Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • No grade less than a C or 60% grade in any Fleming course taken towards the completion of the diploma
  • No longer than 3 year elapsed between conferred of diploma and admission
Transfer Credit
  • 4.5 out of a 15 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • No grade less than a "C" or 60% grade in any Fleming course taken towards the completion of the diploma
  • No longer than 3 year elapsed between conferred of diploma and admission
Transfer Credit
  • 4.5 out of a 20 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information

Wilfrid Laurier University

Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative average
Transfer Credit
  • 10 out of a 20 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information
Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative average
Transfer Credit
  • 5 out of a 20 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information

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