Environmental Engineering Applications (Graduate Certificate) (Co-op)
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- College Code:
- Engineering & Information Technology
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2014 / 2015
About the Program
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, this program enhances existing skills and competencies. The training provided prepares graduates to act as key players in responding to today's environmental challenges. Studies 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 clean up 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/2014 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
First-Year Capacity: 30
- Diploma in 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
- A general chemistry course at the post-secondary level is strongly recommended.
- 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 PBT 580 with a TWE of 4.5 or iBT 88; 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 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.
- Submit proof of admission requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
- Qualified applicants may be required to meet with program personnel to assess program suitability and aptitude.
- Computer literacy and a working knowledge of MS Windows, word processing, and spreadsheets is expected.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa.
*Fees for recreation/athletics, graduation/alumni, insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies, are additional.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website
. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
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- 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.
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.
95% of 2011-2012 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $41,632.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
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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.
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- 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.
Program Advisory Committees
The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees
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. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page
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