This dynamic program focuses on the chemical and biological sciences as they relate to environmental pollution. An emphasis is placed on ground and surface water quality, soil and waste management and recycling in urban and industrial settings. You will also examine environmental regulations and review their social and economic impacts on communities.
Training and experience in the handling, analysis and monitoring of a wide variety of biological and chemical parameters linked to pollution are at the heart of this program. First-hand field work and laboratory experience is emphasized in areas such as:
- Analytical chemistry
- Environmental chemistry
- Environmental Sampling
- Environmental stewardship
- Instrumental analysis
Environmental problems and concerns are constantly changing and at Durham College we aim to adapt in order to stay at the leading edge of these changes. Statistics Canada has identified environmental technology as one of the top emerging employment sectors.
I have recently graduated from the Environmental Technology program and can honestly say that everything you learn will be used for future employment. I worked with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for two summer placements with the air quality division which heavily relied on chromatography, spectroscopy and environmental regulations. I now work for a global environmental civil engineering firm for ambient air quality where my studies and experience did not just help me prepare for the interview but got me the job. Environmental Technology is an amazing program with a lot of future employment to look forward to and will truly prepare you for work in the environmental field.
- Noelle Tilley
Graduate of the Environmental Technology Program Class of 2018
As a project manager for the Hazardous Building Materials (HAZ) and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Groups at Pinchin Ltd. Operating out of Oshawa, I often provide my expertise to clients throughout the Durham Region. Possessing over a decade of experience in the industry, I am fluent in hazardous materials issues such as asbestos and other designated substances as well as indoor environmental quality issues such as air quality, mould and unsanitary conditions. In my capacity as project manager, I oversee projects for both the HAZ and IEQ Groups; coach staff across the Durham Region; review proposals and reports; and serve as a trusted client liaison.
Graduate of the Environmental Technology Program Class of 2009
As a project manager for the Environmental Due Diligence and Remediation (EDR) Group at Pinchin Ltd. Operating out of Oshawa, I often provide my expertise to clients throughout the Durham Region. With over a decade of experience in the industry, I am well-versed in managing a wide array of environmental consulting work including environmental site assessments, contaminated site investigations, and soil remediation. In my capacity as project manager, I oversee projects for the EDR Group; coach staff across the Durham Region; review proposals and reports; and serve as a trusted client liaison.
- Ashleigh Henderson, B.A., Dip.Env.Tech.
Graduate of the Environmental Technology Program Class of 2006
Program Learning Outcomes
- Collect representative environmental samples, perform routine and specialized tests and interpret results, using current and relevant tools.
- Identify, select and use scientific concepts and models in the prevention, control and elimination of environmental hazards and in the remediation of contaminated sites.
- Analyze water/soil/air samples in a manner that contributes to the resolution of environmental problems through the selection and application of relevant scientific and engineering principles.
- Participate in the planning, design, implementation and maintenance of environmental projects, following standard procedures.
- Promote and maintain sustainable practices by applying the elements of ecosystem-based management.
- Carry out work responsibilities adhering to standards of professional conduct and principles of professional ethics.
- Suggest strategies aimed at ensuring all tasks are completed in adherence to occupational health and safety standards and applicable legislative requirements.
- Contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of environmental management systems.
- Provide ongoing support for project management.
- Communicate technical information accurately and effectively in oral, written, visual and electronic forms.
- Develop and present strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance performance as an environmental technologist.