Environmental Technician - 453 - 463
- State-of-the-art lab equipment and facilities.
- Excellent reputation among environmental stakeholders and government agencies.
- High graduate and co-op placement rates.
- Studying with professional faculty experts in environmental technology.
What you'll learn
Characterization of pollutants and their impacts on health and the environment.
Standardized analytical methods for analyzing air, water and soil samples.
Quality assessment and control protocols.
Water and wastewater treatment processes.
Brownfield remediation methods, including site assessment, monitoring, mitigation and remediation.
Air pollution monitoring and control.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and UAV (drones) technology.
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2 academic years (periods of 8 months), plus optional co-op
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Domestic and International student admission requirements
OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
- Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
- Grade 12 Mathematics, MAP4C ≥ 60%; or MCT4C; or any U or equivalent
Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language
- See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:
- Successful completion of the GAS-English for Academic Purposes (478 or 278) program
- TOEFL minimum score of 550 (80 Internet based)
- or IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall with no band less than 5.5
- More information about acceptable certificates, can be found on the International Admission Requirements
Tuition and Fees
2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees
|Description||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Compulsory Ancillary Fees||$864.60||$758.46|
|Compulsory Program Fees||$0.00||$0.00|
|Total Domestic Charges Per Semester
|Total Domestic Charges Per Semester
|Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op)||$4,331.14|
|Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op)||$4,806.14|
Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.
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2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees
|Description||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee||$8,355.00||$8,355.00|
|Program Compulsory Fee Plus Tax||$0.00||$0.00|
|International Tax Recovery||$450.00||$375.00|
|Total International Charges Per Semester
|Total International Charges Per Semester
|Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op)||$17,535.00|
|Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op)||$18,010.00|
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Course Overview & Descriptions
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How you’ll gain skills
Through practical, hands-on laboratory experience using state-of-the-art equipment.
Completing collaborative capstone projects in conjunction with industrial partners.
Gain valuable experience during co-op work terms.
This co-op program has been accredited by CEWIL Canada. This represents the highest standard of achievement for co-op programs in Canada.
Co-op Format (Fall Intake)
|September to December||January to April||May to August|
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Vacation|
|Semester 3||Work Term 1 (Co-op)||Work Term 2 (Co-op)|
|Work Term 3 (Co-op)||Semester 4|
Co-op Format (Winter Intake)
|January to April||May to August||September to December|
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 3|
|Work Term 1 (Co-op)||Work Term 2 (Co-op)||Work Term 3 (Co-op)|
Co-op Delivery and Fees
This program has an optional co-op, as part of the program of study. The annual co-op fee structure can be found on the Tuition and Fees page.
For questions, please contact the Co-op Specialist listed at the bottom of the webpage.
Driver’s License and Vehicle
Please note that the majority of co-op positions for this program require that students have a valid driver’s license ('G' class preferred) and access to a vehicle.
Work Term Capabilities
(which do not reflect individual work experiences & exposures)
Classroom instruction, combined with hands-on laboratory experience, have provided the student with sufficient knowledge to perform tasks in the following areas:
- Basic laboratory skills in balance use, solution preparation
- Titrimetric analysis such as argentometric, acid/base, redox titrations
- Use and maintenance of volumetric equipment
- UV/Vis spectrophotometric analysis
- Solid waste analysis
- Recycling Initiatives
- Environmental compliance and risk assessment analysis
- Wastewater analysis
- Analysis surrounding occupational hygiene and safety
- Microsoft Office software applications
- Introductory skills in interfacing lab equipment
- Introductory programming in VBA and Microsoft Excel including Macros
- Drinking water analysis
- Drinking water operations with MOE Entry-Level Drinking Water Course completed
- GPS and GIS
- ISO 14000 concepts
- Analytical methods of analysis (gravimetric analysis, titrimetric analysis, auto-titration)
- Instrument use (balances, thermocouple, and barometer)
- Water and Watewater Analysis (pH measurement, hardness testing, turbidity and jar testing, BOD/COD testing, microscopic analysis, sample collection)
- Air Quality Monitoring and noise measurements
- Material balances and audits
- Sensor calibration
- PC data acquisition
- Excel/macro programming
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) modeling
- Statistical Analysis
The objective of the Environmental Science Technician program is to train students in the basic theory, skills and techniques of environmental technology. Emphasis is placed on water and wastewater treatment and plant operations, air pollution monitoring and control, environmental regulations and audits, ISO14000, solid and hazardous waste management, sampling and analysis, and occupational hygiene and safety.
The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians (OACETT) conditionally recognizes this program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Certified Technician (Ctech) category.
The environmental science technician is the "hands-on" member of the environmental, applied chemistry or occupational hygiene and safety team. They carry out tests and perform a wide range of laboratory functions, operate chemical process and environmental control equipment and conduct field studies.
|Co-op Pay Range||Co-op Pay Average|
|Range: $16.55 - $21.50||Average: $18.50|
For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Larson, Co-op Specialist
Email: rebecca.larson [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Rebecca Larson)
Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.
- Review the program learning outcomes for Environmental Technician (453)
- Review the program learning outcomes for Environmental Technician (463) - co-op
In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.
Your future career options
- Environmental Inspectors and Auditors
- Environmental Laboratory and Field Technicians
- Technical Sales and Service Representatives
- Operators of Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Where you could work includes:
- Municipal/Provincial/Federal Governments
- Environmental Consulting/Management Firms
- Water/Wastewater/Industrial Wastewater Treatment Operations
- Environmental and Chemical Laboratories
- Manufacturing and Energy Production
Opportunities for grads
- Graduates and final year students are eligible to be registered as associate members of OACETT upon submission of the Graduate Application form available through OACETT
- Students successfully completing Water Treatment Technology STEN CY401 and Semester 3 will have met the requirements of the Ministry of the Environment's Entry-Level Certificate for Drinking Water Operators developed by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
Pathways to Mohawk
If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.
Pathways within Mohawk
If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *
We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. *
This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.
Pathways beyond Mohawk
Earn a degree:
Davenport University - Bachelor of Business Administration, General Business
Griffith University - Bachelor of Environmental Science
Western University - Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.
Students will need to have access to a computer with high speed internet connection and capability to run Microsoft 365 software.
Cooperative Internship Option
Students interested in the cooperative internship do not apply directly. Once enrolled in program 453 students can select the cooperative internship option.
Domestic Canadian Students
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