Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Environmental Programs See You Enter the Field In Two Short Years

Imagine attending an Environmental Protection Technician that not only results in an Ontario College Diploma but also prepares you to write the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Operator in Training (OIT) and Water Quality Analyst (WQA) exams, and lets you apply to register with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologist (OACETT). It's possible with Centennial College's two-year Environmental Protection Technician offering, which focuses on providing you with sensible training in the three foundation disciplines of biology, chemistry and civil engineering and teaches you to understand and manage complex environmental problems. In addition, as an Environmental Protection Technician program grad, you can apply credits towards university degrees. Transfer credits/ advanced standing may be awarded for previous science or engineering education.

In addition to preparing you for the field in just two years, this environmental program takes an interesting approach to teaching. That's because it boasts a common first semester for Biotechnology and Environmental Protection Technology programs, which allows you time to choose the area in which you wish to specialize. This is unique as it gives you the chance to completely change you major without sacrificing time or money. This first semester entails partaking in environmental program courses that include: Intro to Biological Systems, Chemistry, Occupational Health and Safety, Microcomputer Applications for Technology and others.

Once you decide to pursue you training in the Environmental Protection Technician offering, you go on to learn how to use tools and equipment that professionals use in the field, and participate in laboratory practice in water quality testing, groundwater movement and the chemistry of pollutants. These is conducted through courses more specific to the Environmental Protection Technician field, such as: Microbiogoloy Techniques, Lab Instrumentation, Chemistry of Pollutants, Ecology, Organic Chemistry, Soils and Goundwater, Water Quality Control and more.

If you are interested in applying to Centennial College's Environmental Protection Technician offering, you must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. You must also possess credits for compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent.

Environmental protection technicians find employment in a wide range of areas, including: municipal/provincial/federal governments, environmental consulting/management firms, water/wastewater/industrial wastewater treatment operations, environmental and chemical laboratories, and manufacturing and energy production. In their positions they may be responsible for laboratory and fieldwork in water and waste chemistry, microbiological and toxicity testing, soil collection and analysis, conservation, technical sales and materials handling; and generally have a hand in reducing or managing the causes of pollution. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Environmental Protection Technicians field is projected to expand faster through 2018 than other occupations that require post-secondary training or an associate degree.

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