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Water is a life source that millions of species depend on for survival. As a water quality technician, you will work towards keeping water safe for consumption and for its return to the environment through proven treatment methods. Distribution and collection methods will also be examined. As part of this program, you will complete the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks entry-level Drinking Water course and may also challenge the four Ministry operator-in-training exams (water treatment, wastewater treatment, water distribution and wastewater collection) for an additional fee. This program also offers you the opportunity to add to your skills and knowledge with real-life work experience gained through either a field placement or a co-operative education (co-op) experience.

Public health depends on the superior management of water quality and a team of professionals is required to ensure safe water for residents of Ontario. The Water Quality Technician program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to work in water and wastewater treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection and environmental monitoring.

You will receive the specific education required to develop the skills needed to meet the demands of municipalities with water and wastewater treatment systems, water-use industries and environmental monitoring agencies.

Classes will be delivered at both the Oshawa and Whitby campuses, depending on the semester and year. This enables students to utilize various applicable lab resources. Students will be notified in advance when they register for classes.

You will focus on:

  • Engineering concepts
  • Environmental quality
  • Professional responsibility relating to co-workers, the public and regulators
  • The impact that water quality has on human health

Targeted skills development includes:

  • Chemistry and mathematics related to water quality, treatment and analysis
  • Conflict management, problem solving and effective communications
  • Emerging pathogen risks and public health concepts
  • Hydrology
  • Knowledge development in the areas of operation of water and wastewater systems
  • Microbiology
  • System design concepts and blue print reading
  • Sampling, laboratory techniques and data interpretation

Career Options

  • Maintenance operator
  • Compliance officer
  • Water quality technician
  • Technical support
  • Wastewater collection operator
  • Customer service, construction coordinator
  • Asset management inspector
  • Lead sampling group technician
  • Process and compliance technician
  • Works technician
  • Utilities technician

Co-operative education (co-op)
The best way to succeed in your field is to immerse yourself in it! Co-op is an excellent way to build your professional network, explore career paths and apply in-class teachings to real work situations. Co-op is a model of education that integrates academic learning with workplace learning in fields relevant to our students’ academic and personal goals. Similar to an academic course, work terms are a mandatory component to this form of experiential learning.

Students in the Water Quality Technician Diploma program will be invited to apply to the co-op option during their first academic semester. Entrance to the co-op option is limited and the processes for securing a work term are competitive. Students who qualify for co-op will be eligible to complete a four-month, paid work term between the second and third semesters of their program.

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School of Science and Engineering Technology (SET)

Öğrenim seçenekleri

Full Time (4 sömestr)

Okul ücreti
CAD$13,852.00 (TRY 148,388) Yıllık
Başlangıç tarihi

Planlanan Eylül 2022


Whitby Campus

1610 Champlain Avenue,


Ontario (ON),

L1N 6A7, Canada

Full Time (4 sömestr)

Okul ücreti
CAD$13,852.00 (TRY 148,388) Yıllık
Başlangıç tarihi

Planlanan Eylül 2022


Durham College

Oshawa campus,

2000 Simcoe Street North,


Ontario (ON),

L1G 0C5, Canada

Giriş koşulları

Uluslararası öğrenciler için

Students must have the equivalent of an: Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Grade 12 English (C or U), Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U).


  • Grade 12 chemistry

English language requirements:

  • Academic IELTS: 6.0, no band score less than 5.5
  • IBT TOEFL: 80, with minimum section scores of 20
  • PTE Academic: 53 minimum overall, no section below 49 L,W,S,R
  • CAEL: Overall scores of 60 with no section below 60
  • DET 105

Seçtiğiniz bölüme bağlı olarak farklı IELTS koşulları olabilir.


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