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Radiation and Environmental Monitoring Technician

Certificate

Program Overview

The Radiation and Environmental Monitoring Technician program prepares northern students for employment as entry-level radiation and environmental technicians in uranium mining operations in northern Saskatchewan.

The program is an academic partnership between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Northlands College, and is offered by Northlands College in La Ronge, Saskatchewan.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive a certificate from Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Employment prospects in the uranium mining industry are excellent for graduates who are Northerners.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies:

This program is delivered in response to industry demand. A start date is announced once delivery is confirmed.


Length: 36 weeks

Locations

  • Delivery is subject to needs assessment.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 11 with a minimum grade of 60% in each of English Language Arts 20, Pre-Calculus 20* and Physical Science 20*
  • English Language Requirement


*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics and science requirements also accepted:

  • Math 20
  • Chemistry 20

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

 Not applicable at this time

Admission Method

Application must be made directly to Northlands College. Call Northlands toll free at 1-888-311-1185.

Tuition and Fees

For tuition information call Northlands College toll free at 1-888-311-1185.

Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
CHEM 160
Introduction to Underground Mining
6
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You will receive an overview of the mining industry, mining processes, mine safety and mining terminology. Workplace legislation and regulatory agencies will also be examined. Lecture material is supplemented extensively with video resources.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
CHEM 189
Radiation Safety, Measurement, and Protection
6
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You will examine the theory behind radiation detection and protection with emphasis on methods currently used at uranium mines in Saskatchewan. You will learn to operate radiation detection equipment, understand dosimetry, and work with a Code of Practice to ensure worker safety.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CHEM 192
Industrial Chemistry
5
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You will be introduced to the main aspects involved with chemical process industries (or similar industries) and provided with information on industries of importance to Saskatchewan. You will learn to use diagrams in problem solving and to think about processes on an industrial scale. The economic importance and interrelation of industries will also be discussed. When possible, field trips will be used to reinforce the concepts taught in class.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 70.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COM 180
Technical Communications
5
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You will develop your oral, written, and interpersonal technical communication skills through practical exercises involving oral presentations, summary writing, business correspondence and technical reports. You will develop your speaking and writing abilities and demonstrate clarity, conciseness, completeness and language usage suitable for your profession. You will also learn how to organize and write a resume and prepare for an interview.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 76.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
COMP 192
Computer Fundamentals 1
3
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You will learn basic skills in managing files on a computer and in using word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software packages.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COMP 280
Computer Fundamentals 2
5
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Building on the skills you developed in Computer Fundamentals I (COMP 192), you will be provided with the basics of database software. One advanced topic in AutoCAD, spreadsheets or database use will also be selected.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 72.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 192
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ENVR 181
Sampling Techniques
4
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Building on the skills you developed in Environmental Science 2 (ENVR 280) and Radiation Safety, Measurement and Protection (CHEM 189), you will focus on sampling protocol and the use of equipment. Several types of sampling processes are included, each of which have to be mastered over the course of the class. You will learn sampling techniques in surface water, sediments, ground water and air.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 66.0
Prerequisites(s): ENVR 184, CHEM 189, MGMT 190, ENVR 280(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ENVR 184
Environmental Science 1
3
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You will be introduced to the fundamentals of basic science and ecological principles required to understand the potential impacts of various types of pollution. You will also examine advantages and disadvantages of various energy choices.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
ENVR 280
Environmental Science 2
6
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Building on the skills you developed in Environmental Science I (ENVR 184), you will be provided an understanding of the environmental impacts of pollution. Your studies will include gas, liquid, and solid pollutants; air, water, and noise pollution; government legislation and policy; and methods of monitoring and protection. Relevant provincial and federal legislation will be examined.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): ENVR 184
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
ENVR 281
Water Treatment & Distribution
4
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You will focus on the basics of conventional water treatment. You will learn the processes of surface water treatment, reservoir management, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, taste and odor control, and corrosion control. You will focus on the proper installation, inspection, operation, maintenance and repair of water distribution systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ENVR 280
Corequisites(s): ENVR 181, MATH 298
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
MATH 298
Applied Mathematics
5
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You will be introduced to mathematical concepts for use on the job. You will learn how to do simple and complex formulas, as well as solve problems that require a variety of math skills. Emphasis is placed on applying mathematical concepts to real-world problems.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
MGMT 190
Statistics
6
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You will be introduced to data management and interpretation of results through statistical analysis. As you will be collecting and evaluating large amounts of data, this course will help you to understand the statistical significance of the data and why the number and frequency of samples are important. Microsoft Excel is used in statistical calculations.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 192(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
QC 191
Quality Assurance and Control
5
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You will learn the importance of quality assurance and quality control in the mining industry. Your studies will focus on the statistical and operational aspects of quality assurance and quality control in activities such as sample handling, radiation monitoring, instrumentation, analyses as well as record keeping and management. You will discuss quality assurance protocols such as International Standards Organization (ISO) used in the mining industry.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 70.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
WORK 196
Work Experience
0
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You will get an opportunity to apply the theory learned in the classroom to the mine site, learn site-specific on-the-job procedures, experience mining camp life, and demonstrate your suitability for employment.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 154.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience - Group, Work Experience -Individual

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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