Around the world, growing populations and changing geographical demographics are putting pressure on the planet’s most precious resource - water. This is increasing the demand for skilled water resources engineering technologists. How our society uses water in the years ahead will impact every sector—business, industry, agriculture, recreation and government. Water resources engineering technologists will be there—whether it is to ensure that a watershed is monitored and regulated, rivers are engineered to work with our expanding populations, water and wastewater treatment systems are designed to meet growing demands, or to assess and minimize the impacts of floods or droughts on a watershed.
Water Resources Engineering Technology is a 27-month diploma program offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus. You’ll take five academic semesters plus two consecutive Co-operative Education work terms. You’ll gain marketable skills in watershed management, design and modelling of water distribution systems and rivers, environmental engineering, surface and groundwater hydrology, municipal infrastructure, river engineering, water and wastewater system design and operation and project management.
You’ll develop well-rounded knowledge and skills in:
You’ll learn in classroom and laboratory settings. You’ll participate in field and survey camps, practical assignments, and carry out an applied research project.
The Co-op Work Term Advantage
Co-operative work terms are paid, so you’ll earn while you learn. Saskatchewan Polytechnic arranges your interviews; it’s up to you to shine. It’s also a chance to develop important “soft skills” in job interviewing, professional attitude, interpersonal communication and more.
Nationally Recognized Credential
The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accredits the program at the Engineering Technologist level, which allows you to work across Canada.
Diploma to Degree
Use your diploma to ladder into an applied science degree at Lakeland College in Alberta, an environmental science or environmental management degree at Royal Roads University in British Columbia, or a technology degree at Memorial University in Newfoundland.
Water resources engineering technologists are in demand. Potential employers include provincial and federal governments, research laboratories, inspection agencies, environmental agencies, engineering firms, construction companies, industrial plants and hydroelectric utilities. On graduation, you’ll be qualified to work as an engineering technologist, project manager, environmental protection officer (EPO), compliance officer, lab supervisor, lab technologist or a water analyst. Your job might be office based, field oriented or a combination of both.
NOTE: Application to this program is suspended, effective July 1, 2015
See our new Civil Engineering Technologies program, with specialties in Civil Construction and Water Resources.
There are five academic semesters and two consecutive mandatory paid Co-operative Education work terms. Semesters and co-op work term time patterns are listed in Courses below.
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Year 3 - $2,800
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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.
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.
Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:
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