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Environmental Technician

Environmental Technician

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:ETM
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Contribute to the future. Build a career where urban and human needs intersect with respect for the earth's resources. You could become a leader in an industry that’s shaping our world.

As a student in the Environmental Technician program, you’ll be technically skilled and able to constructively work within traditional engineering industries. You’ll also possess leadership attributes and knowledge that will make a difference.

Your studies will focus on environmental technology, water resources and applied sciences, engineering and problem solving abilities, and public and communications skills. Upon graduation, you’ll have the skills, understanding and ability to succeed within the environmental sector.

This program is your key to a rewarding career in this exciting and fast-growing industry.

Pathways exist to other programs such as Environmental Sampling and Monitoring and Project Management – Environmental among others.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).



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Your Career

Build a rewarding career in four semesters with the Environmental Technician (ETM) diploma program. Upon graduation, you’ll find exciting opportunities in environmental, engineering, planning and consulting firms, government agencies, private contractors, municipalities, utilities and telecommunication firms. Your work will include environmental assessment investigations, environmental sampling, data collection and monitoring, mapping, data management, watershed planning, land development, construction monitoring, supervision and inspection, surveying, planning and engineering design. You may find employment providing project technical support on construction projects, subdivisions and environmental protection and enhancement initiatives, as well as sampling, drafting and field support.

Co-operative Education Option

Students from both the Environmental Technology and Technician programs can benefit from an optional co–operative education program. Once you’ve completed semester one with passing grades in all subjects, and met appropriate GPA requirements, you'll be eligible to apply.

There are valuable services to facilitate placement opportunities available for students enrolling in the program in semester two. You’ll gain access to them through Co-op Professional Practice and co-op facilities. The co-op program consists of one work-term from May to August that provides a wealth of valuable course-related experience, employer contacts and greater opportunities for permanent placement after graduation.

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Guelph• Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management - Environmental Management
Lakehead University• Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry or Honours Bachelor of Environmental Management
Western University• Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science
Wilfrid Laurier University• Honours Bachelor of Arts


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice or Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BEA001 CAD Fundamentals 4
EAC150 College English 3
EBE151 Introduction to Engineering and Built Environment 2
EVP151 Environmental Field Practices 1
EVS141 Environmental Science 3
GTY151 Geomorphology and Geology 4
HSP151 Health and Safety Practices 1
MTA001 Mathematics I 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CHE251 Fundamentals of Chemistry 6
ECD251 Environmental CAD 4
MTA002 Mathematics II 3
SIP251 Sampling Instrumentation and Practices 3
SVE001 Surveying I 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only) 1
Co-op Work Term
CWT100 Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ATE351 Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology 4
CHE351 Environmental Chemistry 6
GEM351 Soil Science and Geomechanic Principles 4
STA351 Environmental Statistics 3
SVE002 Surveying II 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only) 1
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ELR451 Environmental Law and Regulations 3
GIS451 Environmental Geographic Information Systems 3
HDG451 Environmental Hydrology 3
HYD451 Applied Hydraulics for Environmental Technology 4
RMS451 Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation 3
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
CAD Fundamentals
College English
Environmental Field Practices
Mathematics 111*
Environmental Science
Geomorphology and Soils
Semester 2
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Environmental CAD
Mathematics II
Sampling Instrumentation and Practices
Surveying I
Technical Communications
Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
Co-op Work Term
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 3
Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology
Environmental Chemistry
Soil Science and Geomechanic Principles
Environmental Statistics
Surveying II
General Education Option
Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)
Semester 4
Environmental Law and Regulations
Environmental Geographic Information Systems
Environmental Hydrology
Applied Hydraulics for Environmental Technology
Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation
General Education Option
General Education Option

* Based on the outcome of the Skills Assessment Test, students may be placed in a different mathematics course.

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Julie Leong
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sandra Phoon
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: June Lewis
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26038
Program Coordinator: Mahipal Jadeja
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26380
Co-op Coordinator: Ian MacLeod
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22361
Program Chair: Miguel Lameiro
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22737
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