Environmental Engineering Technology

Environmental engineering technologists are on the front lines of environmental protection. You apply science, ecology and engineering to minimize the adverse impacts of human activity on the natural world. You will develop the skills to apply engineering and technology solutions to real world environmental issues.

The Environmental Engineering Technology program is a 32-month diploma offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus. You will take five academic semesters and participate in three Co-operative Education work terms (two consecutive terms after first year, and one term in the summer of second year).

At Saskatchewan Polytechnic, you’ll learn the applied science behind environmental protection. When you graduate, you’ll have the skills to work in pollution monitoring, environmental audits, environmental management, site assessment and remediation, project management and waste management.

The well-rounded curriculum includes:

  • environmental impact evaluation and mitigation
  • environmental monitoring and control, and data collection and analysis
  • environmental site assessment and remediation
  • ecology, aquatic chemistry, hydrology and hydrogeology
  • atmospheric quality and monitoring
  • soil analysis and classification
  • solid and liquid waste management
  • surveying and drafting
  • computer applications and modeling
  • technical report writing

Your learning time is 60 per cent in the classroom and 40 per cent in labs, field camps and activities and projects. You’ll build practical skills that ensure you are job ready on graduation.

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.

Many of our co-op employers require both a valid Saskatchewan Driver's Licence and a clean Driver's Abstract. For international students, it can take up to 12 months to obtain a Driver's Licence; therefore, it is to your advantage to come with a Driver's Licence from your home country if possible.

Some opportunities require a Criminal Record Check and/or drug and alcohol testing.

Ladder your diploma into the Bachelor of Applied Management degree at Saskatchewan Polytechnic with only two years of additional study. Remote classes and part-time options are available.

Use your diploma to ladder into an applied science degree at Lakeland College in Alberta, an environmental science degree at Royal Roads University in British Columbia or a technology degree at Memorial University in Newfoundland.
As a student in this program, you can sharpen your intercultural skills. You may have an opportunity to study and learn abroad. Learn more about global learning experiences at Sask Polytech.

Career and salary information

Your career

Jobs in environmental engineering technology can involve environmental monitoring and assessment, pollution control, site remediation and reclamation, environmental audits and impact assessments, construction and design, research, technical sales and support for waste management. You could work in an office or a field setting, as part of a team or independently. Potential employers include engineering firms, environmental consultants, utilities, municipalities, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Potential careers

Sample job title NOC classification
Environmental impact analyst Natural & applied science policy researchers, consultants & program officers (41400)
Environmental technician Civil engineering technologists & technicians (22300)
Environmental health and safety technologist Public & environmental health & saftety professional  (21120)
Construction project coordinator Construction managers (70010)


Admission requirements


*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted: 

  • Math A30, B30 and C30


Note: Physics 30 or Chemistry 30 is recommended. Physics and Chemistry are not admission requirements; however, they would be extremely helpful to student success in the program. 

Alternative admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative 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 Alternative Admission using Accuplacer.

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 240 Advanced Algebra and Functions
  • 256 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 250 Reading
  • 245 Writing


Some programs allow applicants to meet the admission grade level requirement using 15 approved post-secondary credits. Review additional information.

If the program applied to has specific course requirements, they may be met through alternative post-secondary courses. Review already approved courses that may be used for admission purposes for your programs.

Admission method

First Qualified/First Admitted

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.

Tuition and fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

2023-24 academic year

Year 1 - $9,790
Year 2 - $5,540
Year 3 - $7,790

International students

View tuition rates for international students.


The program follows this academic and co-operative education schedule. Courses are outlined below by semester.
  September - December January - April May - August
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Work term
Year 2 Work term Semester 3 Work term
Year 3 Semester 4 Semester 5  

Get credit for what you know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

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

See link(s) below to get more information about PLAR.

All students can apply to write a challenge exam to receive credit for MAT 110.  For more information, please contact the Department Head of Arts & Sciences.

Transfer credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • block credit transfer into the third year of the Bachelor of Science degree programs, Royal Roads University
  • admission eligibility to the Bachelor of Technology program, Memorial University, Newfoundland (13 courses, totalling 39 credit hours, are required to fulfill the degree requirements; courses are available online)
Institution Agreement details
Cape Breton University Graduates of this program may be eligible for 36 cu in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Environmental Studies or Petroleum degree programs.
Lakeland College Graduates of this program may be eligible for admission to Lakeland College's Bachelor of Applied Science: Environmental Management (BAppSc) Degree program.
Memorial University Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer into Bachelor of Technology Degree with 39 credit hours (13 courses) to be completed, including a technical project and report.
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Graduates of this program may be eligible for direct admission into the two-year Bachelor of Technology program at NAIT.
Royal Roads University Graduates of this program may receive a block transfer of 60 credit units into BS Environmental Science, BS Environmental Practice, and BA Environmetal Practice.

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. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

More about scholarships


Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredits the program at the Technologist level.

TAC is a bold, world class accreditation organization, delivering accreditation services for the engineering technology and applied science profession in Canada.

Professional Registration 

Technology Professional Saskatchewan

Technology Professionals Saskatchewan is the provincial regulatory body for graduates of this Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.  As a graduate of an accredited program recognized by Technology Professionals Saskatchewan, your academic training places you on an expedited path towards obtaining professional registration as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.) or Certified Technician (C.Tech.).  For more information, visit tpsk.ca

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Additional information

Kaya Forest
Program head
Environmental Engineering Technology