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Environmental Engineering Technology - Advanced Diploma
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School of Engineering Technology
Program Length: One Year
Start Date: May 2020
Alternate Year Intake
The Environmental Engineering Technology - Advanced Diploma program recognizes the wide range of science and engineering backgrounds associated with this industry and is structured to accommodate the needs of a diverse range of applicants. The combination of common core topics, management courses, specialty courses, industry-sponsored project and liberal studies courses provides a unique balance of skill sets that prepares candidates for a broad range of career opportunities. While many participants pursue this advanced diploma for the credential, others are seeking professional development to complement their existing professional and university credentials.
This accelerated program allows students who already have a university degree or college diploma to obtain the Environmental Engineering Technology – Advanced Diploma in one year.
The Environmental Engineering Technology - Advanced Diploma program is intended to provide the additional skills and knowledge that engineering and science graduates require to successfully work on environmental assignments such as contaminated sites, water treatment facilities, sustainability management, contaminant hydrogeology, integrated solid waste management, environmental impact assessment, air quality, climate change, resource management, green energy technology projects and health safety and environmental compliance. Environmental engineering technologists are on the front lines of environmental protection. They apply science, ecology and engineering to minimize the adverse impacts of human activity on the natural world. Graduates will have the skills to work in pollution monitoring, environmental audits, environmental management, site assessment and remediation, project management and waste management.
College of the North Atlantic will seek accreditation for this program from the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) under the mandate of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.
The college will also seek recognition for graduates including:
CCEP (Canadian Certified Environmental Practitioner) and CEPIT (Canadian Environmental Practitioner-in-training) through ECO Canada (Environmental Careers Organization).
Certified Environmental Site Assessor (C.E.S.A.) with the Association of Environmental Site Assessors of Canada (AESAC).
Students may also have the opportunity to obtain the certification as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) upon further studies.
Graduates of the Environmental Engineering Technology- Advanced Diploma program, will have the knowledge and skills that will allow him/her to:
Perform and interpret environmental procedures for air and water pollution control, and hazardous waste management.
Apply basic principles of science and engineering to environmental processes.
Select, evaluate, operate, calibrate, test, troubleshoot and maintain instrumentation and analytical equipment common to the discipline.
Plan, design and implement environmental impact, assessment and remediation programs.
Understand the methods of recognition, evaluation and control of hazards to people, facilities, equipment and the environment.
Collect representative environmental samples, perform routine and specialized tests and interpret results, using current and relevant tools
Carry out work responsibilities adhering to the standards of professional conduct and principles of professional ethics.
Contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of environmental management systems.
An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined environmental engineering technology activities.
Establish and maintain a safe work environment by following and enforcing environmental and safety standards and adhering to established legislation, practices, and procedures.
consisting of Project Management Skills (theoretical and applied), Communication Skills (oral and written), Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Soils, Environmental Law, Environmental Sustainability and Occupational Health and Safety.
in various aspects (theory and principles) of the Environmental Engineering discipline including Environmental Sampling, Industrial Hygiene, Air and Water Pollution Control, Environmental Engineering, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Environmental Processes and Auditing, and Environmental Impact, Assessment and Remediation .
in various aspects of Environmental Engineering applications including Health Safety and Environmental(HSE) Audits, Environmental Sampling, Environmental Analysis and Environmental Assessment procedures.
Graduates are able to enter the work force as highly skilled employees with the capability to manage environmental and municipal infrastructure projects and to analyze and remediate urban environments.
Graduates are prepared to take a proactive approach to all aspect of Environmental Engineering Technology and occupational health and safety management. They may find employment in a wide range of environmental careers, such as:
Environmental Consultants, Watershed Specialists, Environmental Engineering Technologists, Environmental Protection Officers, Groundwater Specialists, Industrial and Municipal Water/Wastewater Plant Operators, Landfill Site Technologist, Water Quality Specialists, Environmental Assessment Supervisor, Environmental Auditor, Industrial Hygienist, HSE Advisor, Safety Coordinators, and Occupational Health and Safety Officers. Potential employment opportunities include health care, construction, waste management, oil and gas, pulp and paper, mining, manufacturing, government, and engineering consulting firms.
Graduates of the Environmental Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma program who wish to pursue additional post-secondary studies can apply for entry with advanced standing at a number of Canadian Universities that the College has established credit transfer agreements with. Please refer to the Department of Advanced Education and Skills transfer guide, or contact your intended university or college.
Athabasca University - Athabasca, AB
Cape Breton University - Sydney, NS
Lakehead University - Thunder Bay, ON
University of New Brunswick - Fredericton, NB
Royal Roads University - Victoria, BC
In addition to the formal semester courses listed in the program of studies, learners in the Environmental Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma program are required to obtain a certificate of completion of Standard First Aid & CPR/AED, Workplace Hazardous Materials and Information Systems (WHMIS), Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG), Powerline Hazards Awareness, Back Injury Prevention, and Pleasure Craft Operator upon graduation.
: Students should be aware that additional fees and expenses apply for some of the certifications, field trips, and tours throughout the program.
Eligibility for admission to the Environmental Engineering Technology – Advanced Diploma program requires the applicant to have a university degree in science courses to include Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry and Biology from an institution recognized by the College of the North Atlantic (OR a combination of other post-secondary and industry experience acceptable to the college as an entrance requirement).
Because of the extensive field and laboratory exposure incorporated into this program, students will be required to obtain specialized clothing and equipment that includes a lab coat, safety glasses, graphics calculator, compass, CSA Safety Boots, CSA hard hat, rain gear, and other clothing appropriate for outdoor work.
Environmental Sampling Techniques
Occupational Health & Safety
Environmental Impact Assessment
Geomatics I (Practical)
Environmental Engineering I
Capstone Project I (Seminar)
*The credit hour from
Capstone Project I (Seminar) in Semester 2 is allotted to
Capstone Project II in Semester 4.
Geomatics II (GIS)
Environmental Engineering II
Project Management & Financial Analysis
Water and Waste Water Treatment
Environmental Site Assessment II
Capstone Project II
The Course and Lab hours per week are based on a 15 week semester. In intersession, the Course and Lab hours will be adjusted to reflect the shorter semester length.