Lambton College to offer diploma for Drinking Water Operators

Two-year diploma will include 12 months of co-op experience

Lambton College is adding a brand new program to its growing roster of technology diplomas.

The Environmental Technician – Water & Wastewater Systems Operations, a two-year diploma, includes 12 months of co-op experience.

Bryan Aitken, Dean, School of Technology, Energy & Apprenticeship, at Lambton College, says the program is designed to prepare students to write the Ontario Operator-in-Training (OIT) examinations and the Drinking Water Operators entry-level course through the Walkerton Clean Water Centre and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Water Wastewater Certification Office.

“Environmental Technicians specializing in water and wastewater are in demand in Ontario for a variety of sectors,” explains Aitken. “What’s really innovative about this program is that it has been designed in collaboration with Northern College and utilizes the strengths in both our curriculum and subject matter expertise.”

The hybrid program delivery means students will access course theory both in class and online. Training of practical systems operator experience will be conducted using water testing equipment available at Lambton College and the Lambton Water Centre located at Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.

The program also boasts 12 months of built-in co-op work terms, which is sufficient time for students to obtain their OIT Class 1 Drinking Water Operator certification. Training will conclude with a week-long water operator systems course at Northern College’s pilot water treatment lab in Kirkland Lake, which is a requirement of OIT certification.

Interested applicants can learn more about this new program and the rest of Lambton College’s diploma, degree and certificate offerings during the college’s annual Open House taking place on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information on the Environmental Technician – Water & Wastewater Systems Operations diploma, please visit

To speak to one of Lambton College’s knowledgeable enrolment advisors about applying to this program for September 2016, please contact 519-541-2403 or email [email protected].

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