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Environmental Technician (ENVR)
Environmental Technologist (ENV3)

Available as a two or three-year program

We share one planet. Bioremediation techniques can restore contaminated environments and reclaim them for farmland, wildlife habitats and the earth’s increasing population. Choose a career where you can make an impact.
  • Program Code

    ENVR/ENV3

  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma (Technician)

    • Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma (Technologist)

  • Start Date

    September and January entry

Find your career

Everyone’s going green and there have never been so many opportunities to combat environmental contamination through prevention, pollution abatement, waste reduction and public education. Graduates find opportunities:

• Working within industries to reduce and clean up waste.
• Conducting environmental investigations and enforcement for government agencies.
• Monitoring water and wastewater treatment and safe drinking water for municipalities.
• Providing technical support to consulting engineers, urban and rural planners and environmental consultants.
• Students acquire skills in assessment of freshwater bodies using Ontario stream assessment protocols (OSAP and OBBN).
• Grads are prepared for certification in the Ministry of the Environment’s entry-level course for drinking water operators.
• Average starting salaries range from $35,000 to $44,999.*

*Source: Employment Profile Provincial Report, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Environmental Technician, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
  • Soil Tester, Matrix Solutions
  • Environmental Lab Technician, SGS Canada
  • Water and Sewer Plant Operator, Prince Edward County
  • Environmental Technologist, The Greer Galloway Group Inc.
  • Relief Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Town of Smiths Falls

Is it for you?

Students who thrive in this program:

  • Are passionate about the environment
  • Have strong skills in math and science
  • Enjoy working outdoors

Experiential learning

Prepare to get your hands dirty! Loyalist offers real-world learning for real-world problems — featuring extensive fieldwork and instruction with technologies of the future in the newly equipped Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre:

• Sample natural environments and analyze environmental contaminants.
• Get hands-on experience in leading-edge environmental facilities, including well-equipped Field Biology and Instrumentation labs.
• Understand the underlying social systems that contribute to pollutants in water, soil and air.
• Learn to apply current legislation under the Environmental Protection Act.
• Applied project learning and field placements in the second and third years provide practical experience, preparing you for a smooth transition to the workforce with a wide range of skills.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn with active, involved instructors who are committed to students’ success.
  • The teaching labs were set up by a program coordinator who brings 15 years of experience as a research geneticist working in three different countries.

Expand your opportunities in Biosciences

  • Overlapping areas of study provide the option to fast-track your way to a second diploma in Chemical Engineering Technician or Biotechnology in just one more year of study

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