Environmental Technician - Water & Wastewater Systems Operations

Program Code: EWSO (International) Length of Program: Two-Year Co-op Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Diploma Starts: Sep (Open)
Term 1 COM-1013 Critical Thinking and Writing MTH-1063 Introduction to Mathematics I ITS-1013 IT Skills for Technology JSS-1001 Job Search and Success INL-4163 Introduction to GIS EVL-1114 Chemistry and Physics WML-1204 Water Monitoring and Sampling WML-1023 Introduction to Wastewater Collection and Treatment EVL-2012 Soil and Air Monitoring and Sampling GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Term 2 COM-2043 Communications for Technology EVL-4016 Water Treatment Plant Instrumentation and Controls EVL-3124 Pumps and Motors EVL-2012 Plant Operations 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 OHS-2012 Health and Safety for Industrial Processes GED-XXX3 General Education Elective GED-XX3 General Education Elective Term 6 CPL-3049 Co-op Work Term (optional)

Environmental Technicians, specializing in water and wastewater treatment, are in demand in Ontario for a variety of sectors including mining, oil and gas, 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 Microsoft Teams 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 compressed 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 may obtain the practical experience required to graduate with a Class 1 Operator license. This is subject to specific co-op work experiences and number of hours worked in accordance with the Ontario Water Wastewater Certification Office (OWWCO).

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Student will train with GPS-X Water and Wastewater modelling software. This state of practice, dynamic plant simulator allows students to model, control, optimize and manage different real world scenarios in a controlled environment.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

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.

Foreign educated students - who have not been educated in either Canada or the USA - can choose to have their foreign education assessed by a third party service such as, the International Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or the World Education Services (WES).

For students who have already had their credentials assessed, they may use that assessment if their education is the equivalent of an O.S.S.D. or above.

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

Please visit the international tuition fee section for individual program fees. For more information regarding tuition, please contact international@lambtoncollege.ca or 519-542-7751 ext 3018.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

905-890-7833 x 222
Sarnia/Main Campus