Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Environmental Technology Curriculum
Start in September 2020
Vocational Learning Outcomes
- Collect representative environmental samples, perform routine and specialized tests and interpret results, using current and relevant tools.
- Identify, select and use scientific concepts and models in the prevention, control and elimination of environmental hazards and in the remediation of contaminated sites.
- Analyze water/soil/air samples in a manner that contributes to the resolution of environmental problems through the selection and application of relevant scientific and engineering principles.
- Participate in the planning, design, implementation and maintenance of environmental projects, following standard procedures.
- Promote and maintain sustainable practices by applying the elements of ecosystem-based management.
- Carry out work responsibilities adhering to standards of professional conduct and principles of professional ethics.
- Suggest strategies aimed at ensuring all tasks are completed in adherence to occupational health and safety standards and applicable legislative requirements.
- Contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of environmental management systems.
- Provide ongoing support for project management.
- Communicate technical information accurately and effectively in oral, written, visual and electronic forms.
- Develop and present strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance performance as an environmental technologist.
Courses and Descriptions
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an improved knowledge of the complexity and interactions present in natural ecosystems. Practical exercises will help to develop and refine field bioinventory, sampling and analytical skills. This course is also designed to promote knowledge and understanding of ecosystem stresses, management, conservation and rehabilitation.
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop and apply their skills and knowledge learned in the Environmental Technology Program to applied projects and to develop basic project management skills. Students will practice various research components such as literature review, research design and methodology, data collection and analysis, use of statistics generated and understanding of research outcomes. Students will acquire practical experience in working with project partners and learn how to present key findings in a concise and professional manner.
Constructed wetlands are an innovative technology that makes use of natural processes to treat wastewater from a variety of sources including industrial and human waste and are becoming increasingly popular in North America. In this advanced course, students will develop practical skills by learning to design, construct and monitor artificial wetlands for a variety of applications as well as working with the Environmental Technology Program's Solar Ecology wastewater treatment system. Topics covered include wetland processes, biochemistry, wetland design, and sizing calculations, case studies, field trips to wetland projects and construction of functional scale models.
In this course, landscape character is examined, with an emphasis on the biophysical characteristics of the site. This field-based activity will be linked to new development initiatives and/or remediation efforts, as linked to the appropriate legislation and regulation.
This course introduces the fundamental theories and applications of groundwater studies. Lecture topics will include basic principles of groundwater, aquifer investigation, wells, groundwater management, and groundwater geotechniques. Lab efforts will be directed to hydraulic conductivity determinations, flow nets, pump tests, piezometric tests, and uses of test data.
This course examines the technological tools that are available in the environmental sector. Technological skill development, environmental application, and problem solving represent typical areas of study.
In this course, students take part in practical field exercises in the Fall Semester (Semester 5) that build on the skill set developed from the Technician Level program. These exercises and areas of specialized training for the fall setting may take place at off-campus locations. In some instances, elements are mandatory, and additional specialized training take place on an optional basis. The course is designed to promote a more comprehensive understanding of environmental activity.
This course is designed to provide an understanding of current waste management practices in Ontario, waste management problems and environmental effects, governing legislation, regulatory practices and enforcement, integrated waste management components, landfill site selection, development of waste management system applications, site closure, and post-operational uses.
In this course, the unique nature and behaviour of some environmental contaminants are examined. Concepts introduced will include contaminant transport and fate, toxicity measurement, and hazard assessment. Case studies of current environmental problems will be used to illustrate the ecological complexity of some of these reactions.
This course will explore the elements of rigorous experimental design, commonly used statistical analysis techniques frequently used in environmental research and industry and how to compose a professional technical report incorporating. This course will make use of data collected and materials produced in the courses Environmental Applications and Environmental Techniques.
This course gives students experience in analytical laboratory techniques and instrumentation associated with the environmental workplace. Laboratory work will include hands-on experience in sample collection, preparation, and analysis for both organic and inorganic contaminants as well as exposure to standard laboratory procedures. The theory and practical applications of a variety of standard laboratory methods and instrumentation will also be examined.
This course studies two distinct disciplines: environmental planning and environmental assessment. The environmental planning component applies development related scenarios to provide knowledge in such areas as the Planning Act, zoning by-laws, official plans, Provincial Policy Statement, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and ecosystem based planning approaches. The environmental assessment component deals with federal and provincial assessment processes including Class EA's, screening, public participation and implications for the environment.
In this course, the application environmental site assessments and environmental audits will be examined. The tasks required to conduct a phase 1 and/or 2 environmental site assessment under applicable Ontario legislation will be studied. Basic decommissioning and contaminant remediation processes and guidelines will be covered. Relevant standards and/or procedures used to conduct environmental audits (including ISO 14000) will be introduced.
This course is designed to allow students an opportunity to obtain program-related experience while working independently off-campus in the public or private sectors domestically or internationally. It will also provide students with an opportunity to apply existing knowledge and gain new insights into the area of placement. This activity will occur after final examinations. Students will be required to seek a placement location of their choice and then apply to the course faculty for approval.
This advanced course focuses on current concerns related to commodity spills to the environment as well as techniques for environmental cleanup through containment, recovery, and disposal. Course topics will include legislation, oil/gas/chemical spills, leaking underground storage tanks, DNAPL's, operation of gas monitoring equipment, and confined space entry. A number of case studies and videos will be used to reinforce the key course components.
In this course, students take part in practical field exercises in the Winter (Semester 6) that build on the skill set developed from the Technician Level program. These exercises and areas of specialized training for the winter setting and may take place at off-campus locations. In some instances, elements are mandatory, and additional specialized training take place on an optional basis. The course is designed to promote a more comprehensive understanding of environmental activity.