About This Career
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 sources of contaminants. 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 contaminants that can impact the quality of environmental conditions and develop plans to restore them 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.
Education: 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.
Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil and gas services, oil sands and pipelines sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Environmental Field Technician, Environmental Field Specialist, Reclamation Technician, Hazardous Technician (Haz Tech), Air Instrument Technician, Environmental Specialist, Environmental Waste Technician
- Environmental Technician to Environmental Specialist to Environmental Advisor
- The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths:
- Waste Management, Reclamation Specialist, Remediation Specialist
As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:
· LNG export facility construction
· LNG export facility operations
· Natural gas pipeline construction
When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
Working from Heights
Some Overtime Required
Careers also exist in the following industries:
- Chemical manufacturing
- Federal government and public administration
- Forestry and logging
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Mining and Quarrying
- Non-residential and residential building construction
- Paper manufacturing
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Professional scientific and technical services
- Public administration, including regulatory
- Rail transportation
- Utilities, including renewable energy
- Warehousing and storage
- Wood product manufacturing
Technicians and Technologists
Oil and gas services
Exploration and production
- Post-secondary diploma
- Post-secondary degree
- To become a Certified Engineering Technician, a period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required.
- In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title Professional Technologist.
- The following health and safety courses may be required for this occupation:
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- H2S Alive
- Asbestos safety
- Fall protection
- Confined space entry
- Aerial lift training
- Respirator fit testing
- Traffic control
- Ground Disturbance
- Transportation of Dangerous good (TDG)