Environmental Technician students are trained as entry-level practitioners in the use of environmental sampling, monitoring and testing equipment and information technology tools and will be familiar with standard operating procedures for conducting environmental projects. Students are provided with applied knowledge of health, safety and environmental legislative requirements, environmental management systems, and the basic principles of ecosystem-based management for sustainability.
If this doesn’t sound quite right for you, why not look into the Environmental Technology program? It’s a three-year option that includes three co-op terms and specialized courses like Atmospheric Science, Sustainable Technologies, Toxicology and Contaminants in Organisms and more.
Tuition and fees
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Work integrated learning
This program includes a co-op work term component where you will gain practical, on-the-job experience in your field.
What are the admission requirements for the Environmental Technician program?
Environmental Technician admission requirements
OSSD or equivalent with
- Grade 12 English (C or U)
- Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)
Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/
Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
What career paths can I take as an environmental technician?
Your Environmental Technician diploma gives you many career opportunities
Given the diversity in program skills and knowledge, there are a number of career options in the environmental field working for small and large corporations. Potential employers include environmental consulting firms; government agencies (municipal, provincial, federal); environmental services departments in a variety of organizations; and water, wastewater and waste management firms.
Canadian Association for Co-operative Education
This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE).
This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Georgian’s commitment to quality in co-op education.
City of Barrie
Georgian College’s Environmental Technician and Technology programs have enjoyed a partnership with the City of Barrie for over 20 years within the areas of water, wastewater, engineering and environmental services.
This partnership has fostered support for the college’s advisory committee, special projects and co-operative education work terms. Subsequently, many graduates have also secured full-time employment with City of Barrie as a result of the success of this partnership.
Earn a diploma and degree in just four years!
Georgian College and Lakehead University partner to offer students interested in the Environmental Technician diploma a unique opportunity.
In four years, you can earn an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science – Environmental Sustainability (Specialization in Ecosystem Management) degree from Lakehead with an Environmental Technician diploma from Georgian College.
Completing both programs on their own would take an additional two years. Do them together to get more qualifications and break into the job market faster!
What courses are included in the Environmental Technician diploma program?
22 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Co-op Work Term
Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Environmental Technician program outline.
- COMP 1059 – Computer Technology for Environmental Applications
- ENVR 1005 – Workplace Safety and Employment Readiness
- ENVR 1006 – Earth Science
- ENVR 1009 – Foundations of Environmental Science
- MATH 1035 – Applied Environmental Mathematics
- PHYS 1004 – Physical Systems in the Environment
- Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
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