Environmental Technician - 453 - 463

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Be part of the solution by exploring the technology and science geared toward protecting the environment and human health.

Program Highlights

  • 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

Program Length

2 academic years (periods of 8 months), plus optional co-op

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Tuition and Fees

2019 - 2020 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $704.63 $635.86
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43
Mandatory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Co-op Fees N/A $475.00
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester
without Co-op
$2,163.10 $2,034.33
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester
with Co-op
$2,163.10 $2,509.33
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $4,197.43
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $4,672.43

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2019 - 2020 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,490.57 $7,550.57
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43
Program Compulsory Fee Plus Tax $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Co-op Fees N/A $475.00
Total International Charges Per Semester
without Co-op
$8,045.00 $7,970.00
Total International Charges Per Semester
with Co-op
$8,045.00 $8,445.00
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $16,015.00
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $16,490.00

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Additional Information


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
  • Senior Science (Chemistry, Biology or Physics) is recommended

Option are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

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.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Experiential Learning

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.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

Co-op Content

Co-op Format

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  

Learn more about Environmental Technician

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
  • Gravimetric analysis
  • Titrimetric analysis such as argentometric, acid/base, redox titrations
  • Use and maintenance of volumetric equipment
  • UV/Vis spectrophotometric analysis
  • Basic organic synthesis
  • Small scale distillation, extraction, filtration
  • Use of thermocouples, refractive index determination, melting and boiling point determination
  • 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)
  • Small scale glassware use (distillation, extraction, filtration, drying)
  • Instrument use (balances, thermocouple, regractive index, melting point)
  • Water and Watewater Analysis (pH measurement, hardness testing, turbidity and jar testing, BOD/COD testing, microscopic analysis, sample collection)
  • Air Quality Monitoring
  • Material balances and audits
  • Sensor calibration
  • PC data acquisition
  • Excel/macro programming
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) modeling
  • Statistical Analysis

Program Objectives

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.

Salary Range

  Work Term 1 Work Term 2 Work Term 3
Range $14.00 - $18.03 $14.65 - $20.53 $135.03 - $21.93
Average $15.35 $17.03 $19.08

For further information, please contact:

Julie Farnand, Co-op Specialist
Phone: 905-575-2163
Fax: 905-575-2359
Email: julie.farnand [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Julie Farnand)



Where you can go next

  • Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies: **
  • 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

  • Visit mohawkcollege.ca/transfer for degree completion opportunities outside of Ontario.
  • View our pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices.
  • See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

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.

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Learning Outcomes

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.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) 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.

Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

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Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

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Contact International
Email: intl.representatives@mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
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For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

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Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

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    Hayley Hopkins

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2020
Co-op option

Scott Mitges

Upon completing my final semester I am immediately moving to British Columbia to start an exciting new career as an Operator at a start-up called Carbon Engineering. I know I am prepared for this position because of what I’ve learned at Mohawk. During my years here my classes taught me skills that were extremely helpful to me in obtaining a position in a hands-on three-day course with Walkerton Clean Water Centre followed by a co-op placement with Burlington Water Purification Plant. In my co-op placement, I had the opportunity to build on my skills I learned in class with many responsibilities including analyzing adverse water quality, chemical usage and chemical degradation in order to help optimize the plant’s systems.

Scott Mitges, Graduate 2017