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Environmental Engineering Applications (Optional Co-op)

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
College Code:
Engineering & Information Technology
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2018 / 2019

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 graduate certificate 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
- water quality
- 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.

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Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 30

Admission Requirements

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Tuition & Fees

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Financial Assistance

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 Information

Graduate Opportunities

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.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

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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Program Courses

Course Details (0870C)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
DRWG1880 Introduction to AutoCAD with Environmental Engineering Applications

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: 42
Credits: 3

ENVR2020 Site Remediation and Development

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 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: 42
Credits: 3
CoRequisites: CIVL2040, ENVR8080

ENVR3030 Field Methods in Environmental Engineering I

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: 42
Credits: 3

ENVR3040 Physical Hydrogeology

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: 42
Credits: 3
CoRequisites: CIVL2115, ENVR8080

ENVR3080 Environmental Site Assessment

Description: The student is instructed in the tasks and activities associated with Phase One and Phase Two Environmental Site Assessments (ESA). These activities include: archival searches, site inspections, and review of owner and regulatory files. Instruction will be provided in the assessment of soil and groundwater analytical data in the context of appropriate legislation and/or guidelines, identification and assessment of Areas of Potential Environmental Concern, and the development of Conceptual Site Models. The implications of Phase One and Phase Two ESAs as they pertain to the Record of Site Condition process are discussed throughout the course. The student is also provided with an introduction to the concepts and process of Risk Assessment under Ontario Regulation 153/04. The student will be required to complete a Phase One ESA and a Phase Two ESA for an actual site selected by the instructor.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
CoRequisites: ENVR3040

ENVR8020 Environmental Legislation with Applications

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: 42
Credits: 3

ENVR8050 Environmental Project I

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. The project will be completed in teams of 3 or 4 students.
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 4 hours/month. The meetings will occur at the mentor's place of work and will be scheduled at mutually agreeable times with the student group.
Typical projects include Phase One/Two Environmental Site Assessments, a Remedial Action Plan, Contaminated Site Risk Assessment, Environmental Compliance Audits, ISO 14000 Analysis, Landfill Design and Monitoring Report, Engineered Wetland Design, Source Water Protection Plans, Hydrogeological Study, Water Efficiency Study and Reduction Plan, or Stream Rehabilitation Assessment/Plan.
A detailed proposal identifying the scope of work, technical approach, project team, schedule, and budget is a course requirement. The proposal will be presented to the class in the first semester of the course.
Following the preparation/presentation of the project proposal, each project team will complete the data gathering/literature review portion of the project by the end of the semester.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2

ENVR8080 Water Quality

Description: Water chemistry principles are presented in a manner that relates to environmental applications. The course builds upon the student's 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: 42
Credits: 3

Level 2
CEPR8200 Co-op and Career Preparation

Description: This series of modules will prepare graduate certificate students for job searching for their co-op work terms and for their future careers. Students will familiarize themselves with the co-operative education policies and procedures and will learn the expectations, rules, and regulations that apply in the workplace regarding social, organizational, ethical, and safety issues while deepening their awareness of self-reflective practices. Students will critically reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and evaluate available opportunities in the workplace. Successful completion of this course is a requirement for co-op eligibility.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1

ENVR2015 Solid Waste Engineering & Management

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. 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 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 also be taken to a composting facility.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ENVR3040

ENVR3060 Field Methods in Environmental Engineering II

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: 42
Credits: 3

ENVR3070 Hazardous Waste Site Worker Training

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: 42
Credits: 3

ENVR8010 Contaminant Hydrogeology

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: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ENVR3040

ENVR8070 Environmental Project II

Description: The students will begin to implement their work plan that was developed in Environmental Project I. Project management skills will be used to track and monitor project cost and schedule throughout the course. The students will develop systems and use scheduling software to track scheduling and the effort spent on the project. Three progress check meetings will be scheduled with faculty throughout the semester.
The project findings will be presented in a written technical report. Professionally prepared drawings/figures that support the written report are a requirement. A presentation of the final project results to the class and industry mentor is also a course requirement.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ENVR8050

ENVR8095 Contaminated Site Risk Assessment

Description: This course provides the student with a foundation in the science and mathematics underlying risk assessments at contaminated sites. The student will be instructed in screening Contaminants of Concern, pathway analysis, exposure assessment, risk characterization, and the development of Property Specific Standards. The purpose and common components of Risk Management Plans will be introduced. The student will perform basic Human Health and Ecological risk calculations as required under Ontario Regulation 153/04 (O.Reg.1534/04).
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ENVR2020, ENVR3080

ENVR8100 Air Quality

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: 56
Credits: 4

Level 3
COOP8140 Co-op Work Term I (Environmental)

Description: This co-op work term will provide students with college-approved work experience in an authentic, professionally relevant work environment. Through this course, students will be provided the opportunity to connect theory and practice by leveraging their academic knowledge to develop specialized vocational skills. The practical applications of this work term will promote students' awareness of key concepts and terminology in their field, improve their competencies in problem-solving and decision-making, further their application of professional judgement, hone their leadership skills (independently or as part of team), and enhance their capacity to critically analyze and reflect on their demonstrated abilities in the workplace.
Hours: 420
Credits: 14
Pre-Requisites: CDEV8200 or CEPR8200

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