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Environmental Engineering Technology

Environmental Engineering Technology

Develop your engineering and science knowledge to manage and protect fresh water resources.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Part time • In-class Seats available


Fresh water resources throughout Canada and the world are being impacted by stresses from population and technological growth, contamination and mismanagement, along with global climate change.

The Environmental Engineering Technology program provides the necessary skills, education and training required to take on the responsibilities of an engineering technologist in the management, protection, development and use of fresh water resources.

Build your portfolio of skills and knowledge that focus on surface and groundwater management and protection. Topics covered in this program include: surface and groundwater hydrology, biology in the aquatic environment, principles of water and wastewater treatment and soil analytical procedures. In addition, you learn practices related to the protection of soil, ground and surface water, along with remedial methods, groundwater exploration and evaluation and the supervision of drilling and well construction programs. Representative sampling, data collection and interpretation are emphasized within the context of site assessments.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Math and Chemistry.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • This program is available for part-time study.
  • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you're referred to a campus for course selection.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study will vary and depend on the schedule you choose and the number of courses you complete each term.
  • Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Career options

  • Potential employers include organizations or companies concerned with groundwater and surface water quality and supply, waste management, environmental studies, land use and resource management.
  • Opportunities exist with engineering consulting firms; regulatory agencies; federal, provincial and municipal governments; groundwater and surface water service sectors; the water and wastewater treatment industry; organizations concerned with solid waste disposal; and industries that must monitor process water and wastewater quality.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is accredited with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), a standing committee of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). CTAB accreditation means that this program has been evaluated against standards designed by industry leaders across Canada and is recognized internationally. Graduates may be eligible for membership with TechNova, the certifying organization for Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists in Nova Scotia.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more
  • You learn the theory and practical aspects of the program through state-of-the-art labs and field work.

Other info

  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Industrial safety standards require that you have adequate vision and colour perception to operate safely, in the shop and in the field, while performing tasks of this trade.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1245   Technical Communications I
ENGI 1014   Physics
ENTG 1001   Chemistry I
ENTG 1003   Geology - Earth's Materials
ENTG 1005   Biology and Aquatic Environments
ENTG 1006   Computer Applications
ENTG 1007   Basic Surveying
ENTG 1008   Geology Field School
ENTG 1010   Water Chemistry
ENTG 1014   Drilling
ENTG 1100   Work Experience
ENTG 2001   Chemistry II
ENTG 2003   Geology - Earth's External Environment
ENTG 2004   Physics II
ENTG 2015   Geographic Information Systems I
ENTG 2016   Applied Research Project I
ENTG 3000   Limnology
ENTG 3001   Soil Science
ENTG 3002   Well Construction
ENTG 3003   Surface Water Hydrology
ENTG 3004   Water Supply and Treatment
ENTG 3006   Contaminant Hydrogeology
ENTG 3007   Engineering Economics
ENTG 3008   Environmental Site Assessment
ENTG 3009   Groundwater Evaluation
ENTG 3010   Groundwater Hydrology
ENTG 3011   Wastewater Treatment and Disposal
ENTG 3015   Geographic Information Systems II
ENTG 3016   Applied Research Project II
MATH 1032   Engineering Statistics
MATH 1055   Calculus l
MATH 1070   Applied Math for Engineering Technology
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection

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