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Environmental Technician

Our Environmental Technician program prepares you for work in the growing field of environmental technology. The courses in this program cover the three foundational disciplines of biology, chemistry and civil engineering, and teach you to understand and manage complex environmental problems. The program includes hands-on training as you learn to use the tools and equipment needed in water and soil quality analysis, ecological field sampling, analytical chemistry, and surveying.

Quick Facts

 
Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $16,377
Location: Pickering, Canada / Blended / Online

A unique combination of technical skills will greatly increase your career options once you graduate from this applied science program, which is the recipient of the President’s Academic Program Recognition Award for Quality of the Learning Experience.

Drinking Water Operators

Students who successfully complete the entry-level course for drinking water operators 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.

Program Highlights

  • Graduates are qualified to write the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Operator-in-Training exam.
  • Program graduates may be eligible to apply credits towards university degree programs.
  • Transfer credits/advanced standing may be awarded for previous science or engineering education.
  • The Biotechnology, Environmental Technology, and Food Science Technology programs share a common first semester, which provides the flexibility to transfer between programs before starting the second semester.
  • Opportunities exist for participation in local conservation and restoration activities.

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“A good opportunity to be a member of the research team to conduct research for reputed institutions like University of Toronto and Centennial College. Gained a lot a new knowledge and hands-on experience in conducting research. Learned sampling techniques and different data analysis methods.”

Sushil Anu // Performance of Existing Oil-Grit Separators (Stormceptor) and Development a New Generation of Urban Sediment-Contaminant Separators

Career Prospects

Career Outlook

  • Environmental specialist
  • Technical policy advisor
  • Junior environmental scientist
  • Environmental safety consultant
  • Research specialist
  • Junior geomorphologist
  • Project biologist
  • Environmental coordinator

Areas of Employment

Environmental companies and government organizations hire Centennial graduates for:

  • Laboratory and field work in water and waste chemistry
  • Microbiological and toxicity testing
  • Soil collection and analysis
  • Conservation
  • Technical sales
  • Materials handling
  • Environmental Consulting

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