WET Student Ryder Fortes
Three OC Water Engineering Technology students tap into cash awards

September 20, 2021

Three Okanagan College students in the Water Engineering Technology (WET) Diploma program were recently awarded financial prizes in recognition of their commitment to their field and good grades. Ryder Fortes is one of the three students who has received the Outstanding Student Award from the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP). Fortes became interested in the WET Diploma as a way of giving back to his community and being a part of the solution in providing safe drinking water. “In my experience, the WET program fosters a ...

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 Photo credit: WSABC. Kyra Marsden receives a $1,000 scholarship from lifetime WSABC member Bruce Wilson
Support flows in for two OC Water Engineering Technology students

April 26, 2021

The Water Supply Association of B.C. turned on the taps to support for two Okanagan College Water Engineering Technology (WET) students in April.  Kyra Marsden and Kyle Giesbrecht are the recipients of $1,000 scholarships from the Association. In her award application, Marsden noted that currently in B.C., only 8% of the operators in the water and wastewater fields are women. She is aiming to change that by landing a career in water treatment. Kyle Giesbrecht says he initially had doubts going into the program, but his hard w...

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Gary Brown sitting on a couch with papers in hand
In Memory of Gary Brown

October 27, 2020

The flag at the Kelowna campus has been lowered in memory of Gary Brown, a former OUC instructor in the Water Engineering Technology (WET) program, who passed away on Oct. 23.      Gary began teaching in the Water Quality Technology (later WET) program at Okanagan University College in 1992. He retired in 2002.      “Gary was a colourful character who was a founding professor in the WET program (formerly WQT). He was a key developer of the instrumentation programing that laid the g...

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Water Engineering Technology students
Okanagan College Water Engineering Technology students recognized

October 21, 2020

Three Okanagan College students were honoured recently by Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) with the organization’s annual Outstanding Student Awards. Presented to students who have displayed distinctive leadership and meritorious service in the water and wastewater industry, the award, which includes a cash prize, was disbursed in early October to Ruben Kubbenga, Daniel Soroka and Peter Wilson. All three students are enrolled in the Water Engineering Technology Diploma program at the College’s Kelowna campus and have sei...

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Katie Reynders and her children
New OC grad proud of setting an example for her children

January 16, 2020

It was being a role model for her children that motivated Katie Reynders to return to school as a mature student. She wanted to show them it’s never too late to follow your dreams. “There were days I wanted to give up, but I knew I had two little people not only counting on me, but looking up to me,” says Reynders. “I think it’s really important that they got to see me go back to school while also raising them. As parents we constantly question if what we are doing is good for our kids and there was a lot of guilt when I wasn’t able to do ...

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Department of Water Engineering Technology

Experienced faculty teach students to monitor, assess and protect both public health and water in the environment. Students will learn about water quality, water testing, treatment, biology and chemistry, through classroom, laboratory and field learning. 

Program spotlight

Pipes. Storage. Microbes. Runoff. Stream protection. Treatment. Erosion. There’s a lot more to the Diploma in Water Engineering Technology than you think. 

Courses

Water Engineering Technology students learn what goes into treating water for safe drinking, protecting bodies of water like lakes and streams, testing water for microbes and chemicals and securely storing and moving water through pipes.

Faculty

Allison O'Neill

Chair - Water Engineering Technology
Office: Lab Building 163
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4633
Water Engineering - Allison Oneill

 

I am a professional engineer with more than 12 years of civil and environmental engineering experience. I have consulted on projects primarily located in British Columbia and Alberta with a focus on brownfield redevelopment. I have been with Okanagan College Water Engineering Technology program since 2004, and am currently the Department Chair. During my time with OC, I have taught a wide range of applied courses including hydrology, hydrogeology, municipal distribution and collection systems, surveying and environmental law. I am also a long-time member of the Okanagan Water Stewardship Council. I was elected to the EOCP Board of Directors in June 2018 and am currently the Board Treasurer.

Credentials:
MEd, Leadership and Administration, Gonzaga University
BASc, Civil Engineering, University of Calgary
P.Eng.

Frank Carey

Water Engineering Technology
Office: Lab Building 104
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4379

Owen Lloyd

Lab Tech - Mechanical Engineering Technology
Office: Lab Building 245
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4557
Water Engineering - Owen Lloyd

Credentials:
RSE, General Machinist, BCIT
Technologist, CNC Programmer, BCIT
Journeymen Automotive Machinist, BCIT

Roland Oliynyk

Lab Tech - Water Engineering Technology
Office: Lab Building 245
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4493
Water Engineering - Roland Oliynyk

David Teasdale

Water Engineering Technology
Office: Lab Building 128
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4478
Water Engineering - David Teasdale

 

My background includes more than 18 years of operational and management experience across several Class IV Water and Class IV Wastewater Treatment plants located in British Columbia and Alberta. I was the primary lead for the construction and management of the worlds largest and most state of the art Class IV enhanced membrane water treatment plants in North America from pre-design stage to completion. This 48-million dollar project presented extensive research opportunities working with various government agencies and organizations. I was also a key player in a 38-million dollar wastewater treatment plant expansion completed in 2014. My industry experience compounded with several technical and academic research projects provide students enrolled in the Water Engineering Technology Program a solid background for success after graduation.

Credentials:
BEnvSc
Level IV EOCP Certified

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Teasdale, David

Last Name
Teasdale
First Name
David
Department
Water Engineering Technology
Building
Lab Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4478
Unlisted
No
Email
dteasdale@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
128
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Water Engineering - David Teasdale
Bio

 

My background includes more than 18 years of operational and management experience across several Class IV Water and Class IV Wastewater Treatment plants located in British Columbia and Alberta. I was the primary lead for the construction and management of the worlds largest and most state of the art Class IV enhanced membrane water treatment plants in North America from pre-design stage to completion. This 48-million dollar project presented extensive research opportunities working with various government agencies and organizations. I was also a key player in a 38-million dollar wastewater treatment plant expansion completed in 2014. My industry experience compounded with several technical and academic research projects provide students enrolled in the Water Engineering Technology Program a solid background for success after graduation.

Credentials
BEnvSc
Level IV EOCP Certified
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No

Carey, Frank

Last Name
Carey
First Name
Frank
Department
Water Engineering Technology
Building
Lab Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4379
Unlisted
No
Email
fcarey@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
104
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
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Oliynyk, Roland

Last Name
Oliynyk
First Name
Roland
Department
Water Engineering Technology
Building
Lab Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4493
Unlisted
No
Email
roliynyk@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
245
Employee Group
SUP
Active
Yes
Water Engineering - Roland Oliynyk
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Lab Tech - Water Engineering Technology
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MacMillan, Allison

Last Name
O'Neill
First Name
Allison
Department
Water Engineering Technology
Building
Lab Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4633
Unlisted
No
Email
aoneill@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
163
Employee Group
CHR
Active
Yes
Water Engineering - Allison Oneill
Bio

 

I am a professional engineer with more than 12 years of civil and environmental engineering experience. I have consulted on projects primarily located in British Columbia and Alberta with a focus on brownfield redevelopment. I have been with Okanagan College Water Engineering Technology program since 2004, and am currently the Department Chair. During my time with OC, I have taught a wide range of applied courses including hydrology, hydrogeology, municipal distribution and collection systems, surveying and environmental law. I am also a long-time member of the Okanagan Water Stewardship Council. I was elected to the EOCP Board of Directors in June 2018 and am currently the Board Treasurer.

Credentials
MEd, Leadership and Administration, Gonzaga University
BASc, Civil Engineering, University of Calgary
P.Eng.
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Okanagan College’s technology programs awarded new national accreditation

October 29, 2018

Four engineering technology programs at Okanagan College have earned a new national accreditation designed to help create streamlined pathways toward professional certification for graduates.TAC Oct 2018 Richard Stamper, Executive Director of Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), visited the Kelowna campus recently to present certificates recognizing national program accreditation for the College’s Civil Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Water Engineering Technology programs. E...

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