FAQ & Links

How long is the program?
The normal duration is about 28 months from start to finish, including 12 months of Co-op placement.

How soon do graduates find employment?
We commonly state that if you are willing to move and are not picky about your starting position then there is a 90% chance of finding employment within 3 months of graduation. If you are unable to move or prefer work only in one sector then naturally the chances are reduced.

Can I transfer credit from my previous education?
Maybe! Transfer credit is considered on a case by case basis. Because specific skills are taught within the program it can be difficult to declare equivalency

I understand there are two options within the program—which has better career outcomes?
It is difficult to quantify a difference in employability between graduates from one option or another. A more significant factor is the experience gained during the Co-op terms.

Do I need a driver's license?
While it is not necessary for you to have a driver's license in order to complete the program, many Co-op employers require you to have one before they will hire you.  

Do you offer a Distance Education version of the program?
Because we use a hands on training style we don't support a Distance Education for the WET program itself.

Where are graduates working?
Our graduates work in a variety of water related industries, which vary based on economic and demographic factors. Municipal governments are the primary employers, and the most common jobs are in the water and wastewater treatment field. A growing number of students are now working for non-government organizations, including non-profits with an environmental focus. Many graduates also obtain jobs with other employers including provincial and federal governments and consulting engineering firms.

Can I apply anytime?
Registration opens in November for the following September intake.

I completed the program entrance requirements some time ago. Should I upgrade them before I come in?
If you have been out of school for an extended duration or feel that you might not have capitalized on your time in high school, we would recommend that students take upgrading courses in both Math and Chemistry.  These are the areas that students struggle with the most.

What can I expect to earn while on my Co-op placement?
Starting wages for the Co-op program this past year ranged from $13 to $28 per hour with an average wage of $24.

General Links 

Professional Organizations - Operators
  • EOCP Environmental Operators Certification Program

 Professional Organizations - Engineering Technology

  • ASTTBC  Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia

  • ASET Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists

  • SASTT Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists and Technicians

  • CTTAM Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba

  • OACETT Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

  • OTPQ Ordre des technologues professionels du Québec

  • NBSCETT New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

  • Tech Nova Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Nova Scotia

  • ACETTPEI Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Prince Edward Island

  • AETTNL Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland Inc.

  • CCTT The national body representing applied science and engineering technicians and technologists in Canada is the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). It assists in the development of standards used across the country and represents members both nationally and internationally.

  • CTHRB The Canadian Technology Human Resources Board (CTHRB) is a not-for-profit alliance of industry and educational institutions representing the interests of all partners in the technology workforce. Its principal mission is to sustain Canada's high ranking in the technology sector. CTHRB strives to do this through the development of youth initiatives and career development programs in the applied sciences and engineering field

Professional Organizations - Engineering

  • APEGBC Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists of British Columbia

  • APEGGA Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta

  • APEGS The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan

  • APEGM Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba

  • APEYT The Association of Professional Engineers of the Yukon Territory

  • NAPEGG The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of the Northwest Territories

  • PEO Professional Engineers Ontario

  • OSPE Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

  • OIQ Ordre des Ingenieurs du Quebec

  • APEGNB The Association of Professional Engineers of New Brunswick

  • APEPEI The Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island

  • APENS The Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia

  • APEGN The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland

  • Engineering Institute of Canada

For further information, please email the Department Chair at wetchair@okanagan.bc.ca.

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News and Events
  • Fall Semester Begins September 6th, 2017.