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

Program Description
This 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. 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.


  • Overview Video
  • Extended Version (4 Minutes)

Admission Requirements for Domestic Students

Please refer to the Domestic Students – Requirements tab section.


Admission Requirements for International Students

This is an Ontario college two-year diploma compressed into 3 academic semesters, and 3 co-op placement semesters. A non-co-op diploma is an option but with shorter program completion dates – but can affect immigration visa dates.

Please refer to:
Admission Requirements for International Students
Application Process for International Students


Additional Information
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)

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.

Transfer Agreements
Articulation Agreement list for Universities and Colleges (PDF, 113KB). You can also visit OnTransfer. This site provides information and resources to help students and potential students find their way through Ontario’s postsecondary system.


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