Environmental Technician

Mohawk College

Date Posted: Feb. 3, 2020
Submitted by: Genevieve LaMarr LeMee
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Discipline: Technology & Trades
Program Type: Associate (2-year) degree
Completion: 2 years


Students in the Environmental Technician program will learn the fundamentals of solid waste, water and wastewater treatment. The sources, impacts, monitoring and control of water/wastewater pollutants, air pollutants, and solid and industrial waste will be studied along with the characterization of pollutants and their impacts on health and the environment. Students will gain practical lab experience in the sampling, analysis and treatment of environmental pollutants. Students will also learn brown field remediation methods, including site assessment, monitoring, mitigation and remediation and study the fundamentals of environmental regulations, audits and projects, as well as Occupational Health and Safety

Learning Outcomes

Program graduates have reliably demonstrated the ability to do the following: 1. Collect representative environmental samples and perform routine tests, using current and relevant tools. 2. Use scientific concepts and models when contributing to the prevention, control and elimination of environmental hazards and remediation of contaminated sites 3. Assist with analysis of water/soil/air samples and with the resolution of environmental problems through the application of scientific and engineering principles. 4. Follow standard procedures for conducting environmental sampling projects including the use of appropriate equipment and materials. 5. Promote and maintain sustainable practices by applying the elements of ecosystem-based management. 6. Carry out work responsibilities adhering to standards of professional conduct and principles of professional ethics. 7. Complete assigned tasks in adherence to occupational health and safety standards and applicable legislative requirements. 8. Follow established protocols in support of environmental management systems. 9. Provide ongoing support for project management. 10. Communicate technical information accurately and effectively in oral, written, visual and electronic forms. 11. Develop and present strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance performance as an environmental technician.

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