Increased concern regarding the protection and management of the environment has resulted in the environmental field becoming one of the leading growth industries in Canada and abroad. This program meets the demand for trained technologists and environmental scientists in the areas of brownfield redevelopment, environmental monitoring, regulatory compliance and enforcement. It was developed in consultation with representatives from the environmental industry. The program is reviewed and updated by a Program Advisory Committee comprised of practitioners from the consulting, manufacturing, and public sectors.
For qualified college or university graduates, you will find that this program enhances your existing skills and competencies. Your training will prepare you to act as a key player in responding to today's environmental challenges. Your studies will focus on the application of current engineering and scientific principles to protect and manage the environment in the following areas:
Environmental Monitoring and Investigations
Environmental Auditing and Assessment
Management and Cleanup of Contaminated Sites
Environmental Enforcement and Regulations
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
40 Hour HAZWOPER Training
Air Quality Monitoring and Permitting
Graduates will be prepared to write Ministry of Environment Operator in Training (OIT) and Water Quality Analyst (WQA) licensing exams.
Classroom instruction will be complemented by environmental monitoring training in the field, visits to solid waste and industrial facilities, health and safety training and visits to sites undergoing environmental investigations or clean-up. The 40-hour HAZWOPER training course is offered as part of the program curriculum. During the completion of a term project, students are provided with mentoring advice from practicing environmental engineers, technologists, and scientists.
Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program Delivery Sequence: Cambridge - September/2013 (Closed) - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street) Start: September First-Year Capacity: 30 Tuition: Please refer to Program Fee Chart for information *Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. *Recreation/Athletics, Graduation/Alumni, Insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies are additional.
Develop soil/groundwater/surface water/air/wastewater investigation and sampling programs.
Collect and prepare environmental samples (groundwater, surface water, soil, sediment, air, designated building materials) for analysis in accordance with accepted protocols.
Supervise environmental drilling and monitoring well installation programs.
Interpret the results of environmental sampling programs and studies relative to environmental regulations and impacts to the environment.
Identify and evaluate remedial technologies available for the cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater.
Develop, implement, and manage cleanup plans for contaminated sites and accidental spills.
Apply environmental regulations and requirements to situations encountered by stakeholders including consultants, planners, municipalities, conservation authorities, industry and contractors.
Design and supervise the implementation of the various components of a solid waste management facility including leachate collection and gas control systems, liners and caps, and environmental monitoring systems.
Conduct property Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments and Environmental Compliance Audits.
Identify waste streams from various industrial processes and identify opportunities for reduction/re-use/recycling and minimization.
Apply basic hydrogeologic concepts to predict the movement, fate, and control of contaminants in the subsurface.
Assist in the completion of human health and ecological risk assessments.
Apply water chemistry principles to solve problems related to contaminant fate/transport in the environment and to processes used in the treatment of water and wastewater.
Predict the movement and dispersion of air pollutants and identify abatement technologies and processes.
Prepare and edit basic drawings of site plans, cross-sections, and details as applied to environmental engineering applications using AutoCAD.
Prepare technical reports and orally present results.
Demonstrate an understanding of employer expectations with regard to academic, practical and attitudinal skills.
Complete environmental site assessment and remediation work as per OSHA 29 CFR1910.120 (HAZWOPER) requirements.
Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn while you apply what you learn in a real workplace environment. See the Co-op and Career Services webpage for more details.
The College cannot guarantee co-op employment. All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Co-op Office.
Diploma from a related three-year Engineering Technology program from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT), or equivalent, OR University Degree in Environmental Studies, Engineering, Planning, General Science, Environmental Science, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Microbiology or Biology. Applicants will be ranked based on an assessment of length of degree/diploma, level of degree, degree/diploma discipline, and academic performance.
Note re: Admission Requirements
Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL 580 or 237 computer-based or 88 internet-based with TWE 4.5, IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0, CAEL 70 with no sub test band scores less than 60, CAAT D AT 65%; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. You will be eligible for admission to the post-graduate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
Qualified applicants may be required to meet with program personnel to assess program suitability and aptitude.
A general chemistry course at the post-secondary level is strongly recommended.
Computer literacy and a working knowledge of MS Windows, word processing, and spreadsheets are expected.
For program information call the Information Centre for details at 519-748-5220 ext. 3656.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Description: This course will introduce the basic AutoCAD skills required to create and edit drawings that typically accompany environmental reports. The student will create a site plan including environmental monitoring locations, identifying zones of soil contamination and groundwater plumes, and illustrating laboratory analytical data. The student will create geologic cross-sections to scale using AutoCAD. Drawings will be plotted at appropriate scales on varying paper sizes. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course studies the process required for the remediation and redevelopment of brownfield sites in the province of Ontario. The course provides and overview of the regulatory requirements associated with the Brownfield redevelopment process. The Phase I/II site assessment activities covered in detail in the Environmental Auditing and Site Assessment course is briefly reviewed and placed in context of the overall process. This course emphasizes Brownfield Site remediation activities that occur after site assessment and characterization is complete. The requirements of the most recent amended version of O. Reg. 511/09 (Record of Site Condition Regulation) in relation to site remediation activities will be discussed and applied in the course.
The students will complete a Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for a case study site. The RAP will include identification of potential remedial technologies, evaluation of the technical, economic, social, regulatory, and implementability aspects of each technology, and the selection of a preferred technology to cleanup contaminated soils and groundwater at the study site.
The students will prepare tender specifications and drawings for the remediation of the study site. An evaluation of actual bids for a brownfield site remediation will be completed. The students will identify site management activities that are conducted during the construction phase of brownfield site remediation. Mock scenarios will be used to demonstrate situations and issues that can arise during the construction phase. The students will identify and distinguish between the roles and responsibilities of the owner, contractor, regulator, and consultants during site remediation activities.
This course studies the processes and activities that occur at both rehabilitated Brownfield Sites and Greenfield Sites. Particular emphasis is placed on environmental issues such as storm water management and the impacts of development on groundwater resources. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites: CIVL2040, ENVR8080
Description: This is a course dealing with the various field methods and equipment used in environmental engineering. The student will use accepted equipment and protocols to sample various media including soil, groundwater, surface water, sewer discharges, surface water, and sediment. The students will supervise the installation of a groundwater monitoring well, collect soil samples, prepare borehole logs, collect groundwater samples, and perform hydraulic testing,. Survey methods used in environmental work will be reviewed and practiced. QA/QC procedures are studied. The importance of record keeping, data logging, and data management to the legal aspects of environmental projects is emphasized. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course provides the student with a basic understanding of physical hydrogeology. The course covers basic physical hydrogeological concepts and definitions as they apply to environmental engineering applications. Concepts and definitions studied include hydraulic conductivity and fluid potential, Darcy's Law, groundwater flow equations, water table, capillary fringe, aquifers and aquitards, piezometer testing, and pump testing. Precautions to be taken during the installation of groundwater monitoring and water supply wells are discussed. Major topics in this course include aquifer properties, groundwater flow, and groundwater resource evaluation. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites: CIVL3070, ENVR8080
Description: The various types of environmental audits and site assessments are studied. The student is instructed in the tasks and activities associated with compliance audits, risk audits, environmental management system audits, Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments. These activities include archival searches, site inspections, review of owner and regulatory files, and sample collection. The legislation relative to environmental audits and site assessments is reviewed. The legal aspects of buying and selling contaminated property in Ontario is discussed. The student will be required to complete an environmental compliance audit of the College as a major project. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites: ENVR3040
Description: This provides a working knowledge of relevant environmental legislation at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Emphasis will be placed on the application of environmental laws and regulations to actual situations encountered by consultants, planners, municipalities, conservation authorities, industry and contractors. The course studies the relevance of environmental legislation to environmental issues including air and water quality, solid and hazardous waste management, site assessment and cleanup, emergency planning, spills and noise. The course will provide an understanding of the environmental approval processes and requirements, compliance assessment, cleanup criteria, site decommissioning, monitoring requirements, enforcement, penalties, liabilities, and reporting requirements. Case studies will be used extensively to demonstrate the application of environmental legislation. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: The student will be required to complete an environmental project selected by the instructor. Environmental engineering concepts acquired through course work, work experience, and independent research will be used to address the technical, regulatory, social, and economic aspects of the project. The student will be provided with background data and information simulating a scenario typically encountered by consultants, planners, municipalities, and regulatory bodies in the environmental industry. The project will be a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment of a property undergoing a zoning change from industrial to residential. A detailed proposal identifying the scope of work, technical approach, project team, schedule, and budget is a course requirement. The project findings will be presented in oral and written form. Hours: 30 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Water chemistry principles are presented in a manner that relates to environmental applications. The course builds upon the students existing knowledge of basic chemical principles (e.g. bonding, nomenclature, reactions). This course includes aspects of the physical and chemical properties of water, water quality indicator parameters, concentration units, chemical equilibrium, chemical partitioning, oxidation-reduction reactions, acid/base reactions, and organic chemistry. These concepts will be applied to solving environmental engineering problems such as contaminant fate, chemical feed rates in water and waste-water treatment, treatment tank sizing, and mass balance calculations related to natural attenuation. An understanding of water and waste-water treatment processes will be developed in the classroom and by visiting local treatment plants (time permitting). Laboratory and field measurements of key water quality parameters will be conducted. The course will discuss governmental regulations pertaining to water analysis and treatment and will assist students in preparing to write the Provincial Water Quality Analyst and Operator In-Training exams. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This mandatory course prepares students for job searching for their co-op work terms and for post-graduate careers. Students will learn to critically evaluate their skills, attitudes, and expectations and evaluate and interpret available opportunities in the workplace. Self-marketing techniques using resumes, cover letters, cold-calls, and interviewing will be learned and students will learn the expectations, rules, and regulations that apply in the workplace with regards to social, organizational, ethical, and safety issues. Hours: 16 Credits: 1 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course focuses on the application of technology for managing solid and hazardous waste. The student will be required to apply engineering technology to solve solid waste management issues encountered by industry, consultants, and municipalities. The classifications, characteristics and generation rates of solid waste are reviewed. Solid waste collection issues including collection techniques, routing, and transfer station siting are studied. The importance of recycling, reuse, reduction, and waste diversion techniques/initiatives in the management of solid wastes will be emphasized. Various disposal alternatives including energy from waste, composting and landfilling are investigated. Students will identify waste streams and waste reduction strategies used at selected industrial facilities. The course covers the design of engineering controls for modern landfills in accordance with O.Reg. 232/98. The students will prepare a preliminary design of a modern landfill including liner, cap, leachate collection system, landfill gas control and utilization system, stormwater management system, and final grading plan. The generation, control, and potential utilization of landfill gas at landfill sites will be studied. Landfill operation issues, siting, monitoring requirements and final land use issues are studied. The course includes field trips to complement classroom instruction. A field trip will be taken to an active landfill site where landfilling techniques, cover methods, leachate and gas control, waste diversion techniques, and household hazardous waste management techniques can be viewed. A field trip will be taken to a closed landfill site to demonstrate the operation of a landfill gas control system and to study the problems associated with a closed landfill. Field trips may also be taken to a used oil recycler and to select industrial facilities. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: ENVR2020 CoRequisites:
Description: This is a practical hands-on course that provides instruction on the latest field methods used in environmental engineering. The student will use accepted protocols and equipment to sample asbestos and mould. Global Positioning System equipment will be used to identify sampling locations. The student will be able to accurately identify and classify geologic media in the field according to ASTM standards. The course studies the use of geophysics as a screening tool in environmental assessments. The students will install and sample stream bed piezometers, surface water, sediment, and measure flow rate in a local stream. The students will conduct landfill gas probe monitoring at a local landfill. The students will participate in a mock asbestos removal demonstration. Students will receive training in the field methods employed during environmental cleanups including jar headspace analysis, waste management regulation slump testing and confirmatory sampling requirements. The course emphasizes the application of the concepts learned through the use of labs, field exercises, field demonstrations, and field trips. A field trip will be taken to a local environmental analysis laboratory. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Most environmental consulting firms and environmental contractors require field personnel to receive health and safety training. This course provides comprehensive health and safety training for work on hazardous waste sites. The training will be provided by a qualified instructor and will meet OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 40 hours training requirements. The course will identify the nature of various hazards on these sites including chemical exposure, fire and explosion, oxygen deficiency, biological, physical and electrical hazards, heat stress, exposure and noise. The student will be instructed in site control, safe work practices, decontamination procedures, site emergencies and response procedures. Training will be provided in the use of field monitoring equipment and personal protective equipment. Hours: 40 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course studies the behaviour, movement, and control of contaminants in groundwater. Common causes of groundwater contamination are discussed. Basic physical and chemical hydrogeological principles are used to predict contaminant behaviour and movement in groundwater. An introduction to the behaviour and movement of non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) is presented. Using commercially available software, the student is required to solve groundwater flow and contaminant transport problems. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: ENVR3040 CoRequisites:
Description: The course requires the completion of an environmental project selected by the student and approved by the instructor. Environmental engineering concepts acquired through course work, work experience, and independent research will be used to address the technical, regulatory, social, and economic issues associated with the project. Project topics will be developed in consultation with professionals from the environmental industry. For each project topic, a professional from industry will act as a mentor throughout the duration of the course. The mentor will provide their project team with advice and technical expertise and will meet with the project team approximately 1 hour/week. Typical projects could include the development of a waste diversion/minimization program, remedial action plan, Phase I/II ESA, waste audit, ISO 14000 gap analysis, engineered landfill design, design/optimization of a waste collection system, environmental compliance assessment, engineered wetland design, or stream rehabilitation assessment/plan. A detailed proposal identifying the scope of work, technical approach, project team, schedule, and budget is a course requirement. Project management skills will be used to track and monitor project cost and schedule. The project findings will be presented in oral and written form. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: ENVR8050 CoRequisites:
Description: This course provides the students with a basic understanding of risk assessments pertaining to the redevelopment of Brownfield Sites. The students will identify the components, data requirements, and methodology for performing human health and ecological risk assessments. The students will perform basic risk calculations as required under Ontario Regulation 153/04 (O.Reg.1534/04). Hours: 30 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: ENVR2020, ENVR3080 CoRequisites:
Description: The origin, fate, measurement and control of various types of air pollutants are studied in this course. The course reviews the fundamental gas laws and units used to measure air pollution. The origin of various types of air pollutants is outlined. Air pollution problems on the macro scale (acid rain, ozone depletion, greenhouse effect) and the meso-scale (local industrial pollution) are introduced.
The methods and protocols used in the measurement of air quality and sampling of emission sources are presented.
Meteorological conditions affecting air quality are discussed. Factors affecting and the methods used to model the dispersion of air pollutants are studied. The student will be instructed in the use of regulatory dispersion modelling programs to predict pollutant concentrations at downwind receptor points.
Regulatory aspects of air quality issues are covered including approvals, compliance, testing, and enforcement. Various air pollution control technologies are studied including absorption, adsorption, incineration, cyclones, filters, electrostatic precipitation, and biofiltration. Aspects of indoor air quality and noise will also be introduced. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will provide students with college-approved work experience with an employer in the environmental industry. This course will increase the student's understanding of employer expectations with regards to attitudinal, practical, and academic skills. These skill areas will be improved during the work term while the student responsibly performs the duties as defined in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes. Student development will be evaluated during and at the conclusion of the work experience. Hours: 420 Credits: 14 Pre-Requisites: CDEV1020 CoRequisites:
This program enhances the skills and competencies already possessed by engineering technologists, environmental scientists, engineers and specialists, and prepares them to work with engineering and environmental consultants, planning consultants, manufacturing firms, municipalities, environmental contractors and suppliers, conservation authorities, regulatory bodies and other agencies.
Graduates may become involved in such activities as environmental sampling and monitoring, environmental auditing and assessment, field supervision of cleanups, enforcement of environmental regulations and waste management.
100% of 2010-2011 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $40,768.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities see the Government of Canada web site: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
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