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Student profile: David Sawatzky - 2017 graduate

Okanagan College Sustainable Construction Management Technology (SCMT) program graduate David Sawatzky used the knowledge and skills he acquired in the program to construct an ultra energy-efficient house in Lumby. Read his story below.

In search of an innovative building solution, David Sawatzky discovered much more than a new perspective when he enrolled in Okanagan College’s Sustainable Construction Management Technology diploma (SCMT): he adopted sustainability as a way of life. 

“I had worked in the building industry for years and was dissatisfied,” says 38-year-old Sawatzky. “I knew there had to be a better way to build.

 “The SCMT program was exactly what I was looking for,” explains the recent graduate who was part of the program’s first graduating class last month. “It was unique in Canada, a first of its kind. Right away I knew it could give me the leg-up on the industry competition.”

Inspired by the skills and theories learned in the classroom, he set out to build his own net-zero energy house.

Read full story here.

What is Sustainable Construction Management Technology (SCMT?)

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. SCMT is a forward thinking program designed to enable, empower and inspire the emerging generation of construction managers and technologists to deliver true sustainable development.

With an eye to lean and green building principles, a sustainable construction manager organizes and supervises large infrastructure building projects, including sourcing materials, budgeting, scheduling and managing safety procedures and protocols, in ways that minimize the impact of the project on the environment and maximize its energy efficiency.


Why Okanagan College?

  • Learn in one of the world's most sustainable buildings - The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College's Penticton campus. It provides an unparalleled living lab to learn about and work with the latest in green building technology and materials. 
  • Train in one of Canada's growing technology hotspots, with access to leading employers, producers and designers of green building materials and technology. 
  • Live in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley, a world-renowned four season food, wine and tourism destination. Check out the Okanagan lifestyle here.
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What will I learn?

  • Sustainability Studies: Sustainable Construction & Renewable Technologies, Sustainability Assessment, Sustainable Design & Practice, Sustainable Business Case courses                      
  • Core Studies: Mathematics, Civil Engineering, Business Administration, Technical Writing & Communications, Environmental Sociology courses
  • Building Studies: Construction Methods & Management courses
  • Commercial Studies: Procurement, Quantity Surveying & Estimating courses
  • Project: Project Planning & Delivery courses (final year project)

View full program outline for a complete list of SCMT courses. 

How does it work? Who is it for? When can I apply?

  • Two-year diploma with optional co-op term between Years 1 and 2 
  • Blends practical, problem-based learning approach with theory and academic rigor 
  • Accepts both high-school graduates and students with industry experience 
  • Yearly intake (September) of up to 40 students.
  • Blended learning approach for sustainability courses

How much does it cost?

Find more information about tuition, fees, and important dates here.

Contact us

Have a question? Explore the menu on the left for more information, or contact:

Dr. Amy Vaillancourt        
SCMT Program Chair/Professor     
(250) 492-4305 Ext. 3321

Liana Swedahl        
Recruitment and Events Coordinator    
(250) 492-4305 Ext. 3205