Environmental Technician – Water and Wastewater Systems Operations

Program Title – Environmental Technician – Water and Wastewater Systems Operations

Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
NORT-T089 (KL) Kirkland Lake Campus
NORT-T089W (KL) Kirkland Lake Campus

Environmental Technician – Water and Wastewater Systems Operations is a blended program combining on-site and distance learning. The program operates in a continuous 6-semester cycle of academic and placement cycles, requiring 2 years of continuous study or placements until graduation. Students starting the program in January 2018 will enter into Semester 2 or students who enter the program in September 2018 will enter into Semester 1. Northern College will make every effort to assist students in finding co-op employment, but cannot guarantee co-op employment. Students are encouraged to speak with local employers in water and/or wastewater treatment plants about co-op placements prior to starting the program.

Program Description
The fastest path to qualification for employment in this field in Ontario. This compressed (4 academic semesters into 3), co-op diploma program prepares students with a strong combination of theory and practical systems operator experience needed to work as water and wastewater treatment operators under Ontario’s stringent standards. Students write the Ontario Operator-In-Training examinations and the Drinking Water Operators Entry-Level Course, and through three 4-month-long co-op placement semesters obtain the experience required for Class I operator licensing. Additional courses further enhance graduate employability. This program is now recognized by OACETT as meeting the requirements for the Certified Technician designation for graduates.

Information for Prospective Students
Many employers provide work wear (pants, shirts, hard hats) to students free of charge while they are on co-op. However, steel toed work boots are not supplied. Therefore, the following is a suggested personal equipment list to prepare you for this program:

  • Steel toed work boots (required)
  • Work pants (optional)
  • Work shirts – orange reflective type (optional)
  • Safety goggles (optional)
  • Hard hat (optional)
  • Lab coat (optional)
  • Overview Video
  • Extended Version (4 Minutes)

Important Information: Domestic Students
In order to be eligible to write the OIT examination noted above, the Ministry of the Environment requires that all students writing their Drinking Water & Wastewater Operator/Water Quality Analyst Certification need to have their high school diploma or their grade 12 equivalency in order to qualify to write the examination. This is especially important for those mature (19 years of age or older) students who may not have completed their high school and have gained entry to the program as a mature student (see description). The grade 12 equivalency can be obtained in a number of different ways (e.g. OSSD, GED or equivalent) and you are encouraged to contact Admissions for further detailed information.

Important Information: International Students
In order to be eligible to write the OIT examination noted above, the Ministry of the Environment requires that all students, including international students writing their Drinking Water & Wastewater Operator/Water Quality Analyst Certification will need to have their high school equivalency in order to qualify to write the examination. If you have a diploma or degree we encourage you to have this documentation assessed/evaluated by sending your documentation to a recognized assessment centre and two examples are noted below:

  • WES (World Education Services) http://www.wes.org
  • ICAS (International Credential Assessment Service) http://www.icascanada.ca
  • Once your credentials have been assessed, please forward the decision/verification documentation to Northern College at admissions@northern.on.ca

You will be required to present the original documentation at the time of registration at the college.

Career Opportunities
Graduates may find employment in municipal water and waste water facilities, environmental departments in mines and other industries, solid waste management facilities, and in government.

Contact Information
Richard Kallio
Tel: 705-567-9291 ext. 3705
kallior@northern.on.ca