Program Information

In this multi-disciplined 2-year program, students in the Lambton College Environmental and Sustainable Building Sciences, Ontario College Graduate Certificate utilize existing related education or experience to learn and apply a variety of skills to transform and lead organizations in the efficient use of building systems in order to manage internal environmental conditions. Utilizing the latest in testing equipment, building instrumentation, automation and safety systems, students learn to identify, test and remediate potential hazards in the indoor building environment. The reduction of energy waste and compliance with all applicable Canadian safety standards for residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings are studied.

In this hands-on program, students acquire the knowledge to manage integrated systems that involve the complex interconnectedness of processes, resources and technologies, with a concentrated focus on sustainability and energy management for building design and control. Curriculum includes Canadian environmental legislation, risk assessment, hazardous materials assessment and abatement, instrumentation and automation, mechanical building systems and air and water quality sampling and testing processes.

Students also develop foundational skills for success in Canada, including technical communications, practical laboratory techniques and project management. As this program is experiential in nature, students participate in a co-operative education experience in their final term.

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Admission Requirements

A University Degree, or equivalent in science, architecture, mechanical, civil, environmental, or electrical engineering.


The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by submitting one of the following scores:

  • IELTS of 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT 79
  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test 

Please Note: IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.

Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, Lambton College recommends that each student have access to a laptop while studying at our college.

Course List

COM-3013: Professional Communications

This course is designed for international students with diplomas or degrees. It focuses on polishing communications skills acquired through one's academic career and workplace experience. Through various business writing and speaking scenarios, students learn Canadian business practices and communication styles. Close attention is paid to proper incorporation of the intellectual property of others to ensure academic integrity. Students will practice organized and dynamic speaking and will strive for polished business documents.

EVL-1114: Chemistry and Physics

This course deals with concepts in chemistry and physics of relevance to water and wastewater facility design and operations. The emphasis is on the "need to know" aspects of theory; practical lab and field sessions are used to reinforce concepts introduced in lecture.

CCT-1012: Construction Plans, Specifications and Codes

The student will develop the knowledge regarding identification and interpretation of the different types and aspects of architectural drawings and related equipment. The student will develop the ability to read and interpret drawings and sketches from oral and written information. The student will also develop the knowledge and skill in drawing and sketching plans from oral and written information.

ELE-1055: Electric Circuits

This is an introductory course in electricity consisting of fundamental electric principles together with an analysis of simple electric circuits. Emphasis throughout the course is on problem solving. Laboratory exercises complement the material covered in class.

BUS-1883: Business Analytics

Strong computer skills are essential to finding Canadian employment in management and administration. This course provides students with resources and guidance to develop skills in Microsoft Office Excel and apply data processing and data analysis to Canadian and real-world business scenarios. Students develop skills in time management, self-discipline, and having an eye for detail by strengthening their ability to read and follow written instructions. Business Analytics is a course delivered using practical hands-on applications in the computer lab, utilizing student self-assessments, and online resources all designed to provide flexibility in learning. This course prepares students for further opportunities to apply their spreadsheet and data processing skills and expand upon them as they continue in their areas of study.

SEB-1013: Introduction to Canadian Building Science

SEB-2043: Indoor Environmental Sampling and Testing Methods

SEB-2013: Indoor Environmental Measurements and Controls

CCT-2042: Energy Efficiencies and Sustainable Construction

This course will offer students an introduction to energy efficient building techniques, state of the art energy conserving systems and sustainable building approaches. Specific subject to be covered will include the basics of Heat Transfer, Building Envelope, Insulation Techniques, and New Technologies in electrical and heat generation.

OHS-5553: Environmental Legislation

This course provides students with the skills and practical knowledge that apply to various regulatory standards related to air, water, soil, hazardous waste, chemical management and other related environmental legislation. Topics will be analyzed in terms of standard development, enforcement at municipal, provincial and federal levels, and the validity of the standard's ability to protect health and the environment particularly specific environmental statues that are significant to Ontario practice today.

ICS-1302: Fundamentals of Instrumentation I

This is an introductory course in process instrumentation and safety. Topics will include WHIMS and an introduction to industrial hazards, Job Safety Analysis, and Work Permits. Basic instrumentation and control loop concepts, instrument signalling, wiring, and calibration techniques will be studied. Pressure measurement will be covered in greater detail. The reading and interpretation of Process and Instrumentation Diagrams will be addressed. The laboratory component will expose the student to the correct use and operation of calibration devices, pressure sensors and measuring instruments.

SEB-2023: HVAC and Mechanical Building Systems

MAN-2103: Project Management

This course will provide the student with an overview of the structured processes and knowledge areas of project management within the context of organizations. It will contrast the differences between operational management and project management. It will provide the student with numerous tools and techniques used to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, and close a project. Students learn the vocabulary, definitions, principles and concepts of project management and working in a project team.

JSS-1001: Job Search and Success

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of how to conduct a job search and how to succeed in the work place. This includes self-reflection, effectively designing a cover letter and resume, online job searches utilizing social media, behavioural based interviewing as well as marketing oneself effectively in a job interview. Job safety, successful work strategies and harassment and discrimination plan of action is also discussed.

Academic Break

SEB-3043: Canadian Building Automation Systems and Controls

ICS-2303: Fundamentals of Instrumentation II

This course consists of an introduction to some of the fundamentals of process variables such as temperature, pressure, and level measuring instruments. Topics include primary sensing devices, terminology and symbols, and test equipment usage including calibration procedures. The laboratory portion of the course allows the student to become familiar with various types of test equipment, connection of instruments to sense process variation, apply calibration standards, and learn troubleshooting skills.

SEC-3013: Sustainable Building Systems

SEB-3023: Canadian Environmental Risk Assessment

SEB-3033: Canadian Environmental Auditing Methods

OES-5033: Alternative Power Processes

This course is a study of electricity generation using renewable resources such as solar, wind, and biomass energy. Power Engineering Technology students need to be familiar with renewable electricity generation, as it is becoming more common prevalent due to environmental reasons and the available subsidies.

SEB-3053: Energy Performance Simulation

CPL-1049: Work Term - Full-Time*

Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to: https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/co-op_and_career/

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CPL-5559: WIL Project

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Project is aimed at enriching students by connecting different program areas of study, cutting across subject-matter lines, and emphasizing unifying concepts. The focus of the WIL Project is to make connections between study and industry by engaging students in relevant and meaningful activities that are connected to and practiced within the professional workplace. WIL Project allows students to enhance and strengthen their employability prospects post-graduation by fine tuning skills and knowledge and meeting the expectations of today's employers. Students are required to attend the scheduled shifts in the WIL office, reporting to the WIL Supervisor. Weekly real-world challenges are presented in the WIL office, designed by industry professionals. In addition to the weekly assigned deliverables, students are also offered professional development sessions, and exposed to industry guest speakers, enhancing their opportunity to develop their professional network.

Program Maps

Current Students

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Employment Opportunities

Career positions may include, but are not limited to:

  • environmental health officer
  • health and safety officer
  • health standards inspector
  • certified energy manager/auditor/advisor
  • facility operations supervisor
  • building systems operator
  • energy sustainability coordinator
  • energy and greenhouse gas analyst
  • utility analyst/supervisor
  • commissioning agent
  • climate change officer

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Sarnia/Main Campus
international@lambtoncollege.ca
Toronto
416-485-2098
lambton@cestarcollege.com
Mississauga
905-890-7833 x 222
lambton@queenscollege.ca
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