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.
Length and location notes
There are five academic semesters and three mandatory paid Co-operative Education work terms. Semesters and co-op work term time patterns are listed in Courses below.
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.
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.
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.
Diploma to degree
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.
Career and salary information
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.
|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)|
- Grade 12 with Pre-Calculus 30*
- English Language Requirement
*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.
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 methodFirst 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 feesEstimates 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
CoursesThe 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.
- Candidate Guide
- Candidate Guide (Department of Arts and Sciences courses)
- communications, mathematics, sciences, social sciences
- More 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 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)
|Cape Breton University||Graduates of the Environmental Engineering Technology Diploma 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|
|Royal Roads University||Royal Roads University agrees to facilitate full block transfer of student(s) from SaskPolytech with appropriate prerequisite qualifications into BS Environmental Science, BS Environmental Practice, and BA Environmetal Practice|
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.
AccreditationTechnology 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.
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