Environmental Technician - Water & Wastewater Systems Operations

Program Code: EWSO (Full-Time) Length of Program: Two-Year Co-op Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Diploma Starts: Sep (Waitlisted)
Mobile Learning Program
Term 1 ENG-1173 Communications for Technology I MTH-1063 Introduction to Mathematics I ITS-1013 IT Skills for Technology JSS-1001 Job Search and Success GED-XXX3 General Education Elective INL-4163 Introduction to GIS EVL-1013 Chemistry and Physics WML-1002 Water Monitoring and Sampling WML-1023 Introduction to Wastewater Collection and Treatment EVL-2012 Soil and Air Monitoring and Sampling Term 2 ENG-2173 Communications for Technology II LAW-1003 Business Law EVL-4016 Water Treatment Plant Instrumentation and Controls EVL-3124 Pumps and Motors EVL-2004 Plant Operations II WML-4002 Waste Characteristics EVL-4002 Chlorine Maintenance EVL-1000 Independent Study for ELC EVL-3005 Certification Exams Prep (OIT and ELC Classroom Portion) EVL-2003 Problem Solving in Water and Wastewater Treatment Term 3 CPL-1049 Co-op Work Term (optional) Term 4 CPL-2049 Co-op Work Term (optional) Term 5 EVL-4022 Laboratory Procedures WML-3011 Wastewater Digester Operation and Nutrient Removal OES-4304 Mechanical Practices for Operating Engineers WML-3002 Hydrogeology WML-4003 Environmental Regulations and Legislation GED-XXX3 General Education Elective OHS-2012 Health and Safety for Industrial Processes GED-XX3 General Education Elective Term 6 CPL-3049 Co-op Work Term (optional)
The term schedule above demonstrates a September intake program map. Students entering this program in January or May will follow a separate term schedule.

Environmental Technicians, specializing in water and wastewater, are in demand in Ontario for a variety of sectors including mining, the public service and private industry. The Environmental Technician – Water & Wastewater Systems Operations College diploma is a fast-track to qualification for employment as a licensed drinking water operator in Ontario. In addition, this program shares a delivery of courses with Northern College and as such, certain lectures will be delivered remotely via a virtual classroom. The platform used for the distance delivery will be Adobe Connect and students will be expected to have a personal mobile device like a laptop to login and view the lectures delivered by the partner college faculty.

Students enrolled in this program will train in Lambton College’s new Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies. The Centre offers state-of-practice technology laboratories and infrastructure to support learning and research in next-generation technologies in collaboration with industry.

The program has an innovative delivery model, allowing students to graduate faster – in two years instead of three – by combining theory and practical systems operator experience, in conjunction with three co-op work terms.

Students can expect to be exposed to both operating water treatment facilities and pilot-scale systems during their studies. The conversion of raw water to safe drinking water is the goal and students are immersed in every step of the process.

The curriculum focuses on preparing students to write the Ontario Operator-in-Training examinations and the Drinking Water Operators Entry-Level Course through the Walkerton Clean Water Centre and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. In combination with the co-op work terms, graduates will obtain the practical experience required to graduate with a Class 1 Operator license.

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning - Class+ Experience program. The Class+ Experience is exclusive to Lambton College, where technology inspires learning. Mobile devices allow students to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom, integrating educational apps and tools into class activities. See device requirements.


Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:
Grade 12 English C or U
Grade 12 Math C or U (MCT4C or any Grade 12U math is preferred; MAP4C accepted with minimum grade of 60%)

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates pursue a broad range of exciting employment opportunities. They find employment in Ontario's municipal and aboriginal water and wastewater facilities, environmental departments in mines and other industries, solid waste management facilities and in government.

A wide variety of career opportunities that are dynamic and challenging that also offer a competitive rate of compensation are available to graduates. Career positions may include, but are not limited to: environmental systems operator - water treatment, water purification plant operator, liquid waste process operator, sewage plant operator, waste treatment plant operator, wastewater treatment plant operator, water filtration plant operator, and water treatment plant operator.

Tuition Fees
Breakdown of fees for Year 1
Year 1
Co-op Fee$626.66
Ancillary Fee$715.12
Student Government Fee$290.66
Health/Dental Plan$207.87
S D V/App$39.55
Program Fees$791.00
Breakdown of fees for Year 2
Year 2
Co-op Fee$313.33
Ancillary Fee$446.00
Student Government Fee$145.33
Health/Dental Plan$168.96
Program Fees$395.50

Please Note: These fees apply to the 2019-2020 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

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