Environmental Technician

Program: ENTN
Credential: Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Co-op Work Term
Length: 4 Semesters, plus 1 work term
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


Environmental Technician graduates 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. The program provides students with applied knowledge of health, safety and environmental legislative requirements, environmental management systems; and the basic principles of ecosystem-based management for sustainability.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • collect representative environmental samples and perform routine tests, using current and relevant tools;
  • use scientific concepts and models when contributing to the prevention, control and elimination of environmental hazards and remediation of contaminated sites;
  • assist with analysis of water/soil/air samples and with the resolution of environmental problems through the application of scientific and engineering principles;
  • follow standard procedures for conducting environmental sampling projects including the use of appropriate equipment and materials;
  • 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;
  • complete assigned tasks in adherence to occupational health and safety standards and applicable legislative requirements;
  • follow established protocols in support 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 technician;
  • employ various information technology tools to assemble and use environmental data effectively;
  • consider basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

External Recognition

This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Work Term: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

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/policies-procedures/

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:

Graduation Requirements

22 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Co-op Work Term

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
BIOL 1008Biological Systems
CHEM 1003Introduction to Applied Chemistry
CHEM 2002Applied Organic Chemistry
COMP 1059Computer Technology for Environmental Applications
ENVR 1000Environmental Science and Sustainability
ENVR 1004Geospatial Technology
ENVR 1005Workplace Safety and Employment Readiness
ENVR 1006Earth Science
ENVR 1007Water Treatment
ENVR 2004Waste Management Strategies
ENVR 2012Ecosystems and Environmental Sampling
ENVR 2013Limnology and Watershed Management
ENVR 2014Environmental Management Systems and Audits
ENVR 2017Soil Properties
ENVR 2018Environmental Assessment and Contaminants in the Environment
ENVR 2019Environmental CAD
ENVR 2020Wastewater Treatment
LAWS 2010Environmental Law and Policy
MATH 1018Introduction to Technical Mathematics
PHYS 1004Physical Systems in the Environment
STAT 2006Applied Statistics for Environmental Applications
SURV 2002Environmental Surveying
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.
Co-op Work Term
COOP 1023Environmental Work Term 1

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.