Algonquin College

Environmental Technician


Preserve the present for the future; explore a career in the environmental sciences.
The two-year Environmental Technician program, delivered in a compressed format over 42 weeks, offers theoretical and extensive practical education in all areas of environmental sciences.
You explore the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physical science and engineering as you learn to collect, measure and analyze variables commonly considered in environmental studies. Gain field and laboratory experience in soil, water and air testing as you develop a basic knowledge of:

freshwater environment systems
soils and land forms
the chemistry of pollutants
ecological processes
Use the appropriate tools and equipment needed in biology, hydrology, ecological field sampling and analytical chemistry.
This program includes applied research projects that allow you to apply skills and theory to real environmental issues, all while supporting important community initiatives, such as:

water quality monitoring and implementation of agricultural best management practices in the Muskrat Lake watershed
soil testing, weather/climate monitoring and pest/disease surveying for a local vineyard
Benefit from the opportunity to gain more than 20 certifications in various preferred specialties including provincial certification in water and wastewater operation, electrofishing, and geospatial analysis.
SStudents also have the option to gain real-world experience through a paid co-operative education (co-op) work term (see Additional Information for more details). Please note that places in the co-op work term are subject to availability and academic eligibility. Please note admission to the co-op program does not guarantee a co-op placement.
Upon graduation, you are ready to help meet the current and growing need for skilled entry-level practitioners within the environmental sciences sector. Graduates may find entry-level employment in roles such as:

remediation technician
field sampling technician
geographical information systems (GIS) technician
contaminated site assessor
environmental assessor
water and wastewater facility operator
environmental consultant
This program is well-suited for students who:

Seek an active, outdoor, hands-on learning environment.
Are eager to measure, monitor, protect and improve the environment.
Want to become familiar with both field and laboratory methods used broadly in the environmental sector.

Program Duration:
42 Weeks
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
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