- Exploration and production
- Oil and Gas Services
- Oil sands
- Post-secondary diploma
- Post-secondary degree
About This Career
The river is your office. The forest is your cubicle. The sky is your workstation. You bring the world around you to engineers and scientists in the office. You monitor and test natural habitats to understand, measure and remediate any industry impacts. Do you love being outdoors? Do you want to improve emissions and the environment? Do you enjoy getting your hands dirty? If so, you may want to consider a career as an Environmental Technician.
Environmental Technicians undertake field or laboratory activities to investigate, monitor and remediate sites where the presence of hydrocarbons (e.g., diesel, gasoline, crude oil), salts or metals may have impacted soil, air and/or water quality. They may also undertake similar activities in non-hydrocarbon related sites. They are actively involved at the planning stages of projects by providing environmental information regarding existing soil, air and water quality conditions. This occupation also contributes to surveys and monitoring programs of the environment to identify potential impacts. This role tends to be heavily focused on prevention and abatement.
Environmental Technicians carry out field work and operate equipment and devices used in monitoring, prevention control and remediation of environmental conditions. They develop plans to restore conditions under the direction of engineering staff or consultants. Staying current with technology is important as this field is highly technology-based with advancements occurring frequently.
A thorough working knowledge of acts and regulations may be required to ensure employee safety and environmental protection regulatory compliance.
In this occupation activities may include:
- Understanding and applying the relevant regulatory requirements for site applications
- Carrying out field work (e.g. groundwater monitoring and soil sampling)
- Providing technical assistance to operations on environmental issues and activities requiring regulatory consultation.
- Evaluating and selecting technologies to clean up polluted sites, restore polluted air, water, or soil, or rehabilitate degraded ecosystems.
- Staying current on the acts and regulations that govern employee health and safety and environmental protection
- A two-year post-secondary diploma is typically required for a technician role. A post-secondary diploma or degree in environmental, geoscience technology or health and safety may be required by some companies to advance to a technologist role.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Respirator fit testing
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- H2S Alive
- Asbestos safety
- Fall protection
- Confined space entry
- Aerial lift training
- Transportation of dangerous goods (TDG)
- Ground disturbance
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Traffic control
- In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title Professional Technologist.
- To become a Certified Engineering Technician, a period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required
You are proficient in math and can use computers. You stay up to date with current technologies. You have strong critical thinking skills and are a member of a team, so you have excellent communication and strong interpersonal skills.
- Active listening
- Document use
- Public safety and security
- Law and government
- Quality control analysis
- Judgment and decision making
- Complex problem solving
- Planning and organizing
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
- Mining and quarrying
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration
- Transportation and warehousing
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Also known as
- Environmental Field Technician
- Environmental Field Specialist
- Reclamation Technician
- Hazardous Technician (Haz Tech)
- Air Instrument Technician
- Environmental Specialist
- Environmental Waste Technician
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