“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”
Managing water is one of the primary concerns of any community, regardless of population or geographical location. From municipal waste water systems designed for North American cities, to monitoring the water quality of wells built in Africa, successfully managing this resource is vital to the human condition.
Okanagan College has been demonstrating its commitment to this field since 1989, training students to be at the forefront of the industry. The College’s close ties with industry experts ensure this program keeps pace with both the continuing technological changes and increased public demand for services.
Career choices, worldwideGraduates from Water Engineering Technology have taken up positions with organizations like Ducks Unlimited and government departments such as Environment Canada. They’ve worked in municipal and industrial water treatment facilities, analytic laboratories, engineering consulting firms and industrial equipment suppliers. Some have even taken their skills overseas to help with non-governmental agencies.
These skills can be applied to a wide range of careers including:
Careers in this field simply don’t go away. And as public expectations rise, so does the demand for water technologists.
Dive inThis two-year diploma program is accredited with Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists, and the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia. As such, the program immerses students in all aspects of water works.
First-year courses include:
Following first-year, students can specialize in either Water and Wastewater Technology (and industrial water and wastewater treatment) or the Environmental Monitoring (assessment and monitoring of natural waters) option.
Experience countsGraduates complete the program with three semesters of work experience under their belt, thanks to three staggered co-operative work terms made possible through the College’s two decade long relationship with industry.
“The full-time employees of many utilities are WET grads, who started out as co-op students.”
~ Andrew Marr, Vernon Water Reclamation Centre
This historic tie with industry helps graduates complete the program and get working. More than 80 per cent of Okanagan College’s WET graduates are working within two months of completing the program, according to the most recent statistics available from BC Student Outcomes.
“Metro Vancouver has supported Okanagan College by hiring co-op students for many years; some of those students have even come back after graduating to have a fulfilling career with us.”
Water never stops runningFor more details on the program and how to enrol, view the Okanagan College Calendar.
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