The Environmental Engineering program is intended to provide the additional skills and knowledge that engineering and science graduates require to successfully work on environmental assignments such as sustainability management, air quality, climate change, environmental impact assessment, life cycle assessment, contaminated sites, water treatment facilities, contaminant hydrogeology, integrated solid waste management, resource management, and green energy technology projects.
Program delivery mode: in person
- This program will be delivered in person for the coming semester.
- We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.
- Some courses designed to be delivered online will continue in this delivery mode. See individual course information for details.
Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
The Environmental Engineering program recognizes the wide range of science and engineering backgrounds associated with this industry and is structured to accommodate the needs of a diverse range of applicants. The combination of foundation courses, applied environmental engineering courses, management courses and communication and general education courses provides a unique balance of skill sets that prepares candidates for a broad range of career opportunities. The final, capstone project provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate the acquired depth and breadth of knowledge and skills learnt during the program. While many participants pursue this degree for the credential, others are seeking professional development to complement their existing professional and university credentials.
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Note: The Environmental Engineering program curriculum has been revised effective for the September 2019 intake.
Students that began the program prior to September 2019 please refer to the April 2019 matrix [PDF].
The following part-time studies courses are suitable for interested students as electives or professional development studies. These courses are not within the EE Program Matrix.
Graduates of the Environmental Engineering program are prepared to function as a member of a multi-disciplinary team that addresses the environmental challenges faced by the industry. Working as a member of an environmental team comprised of engineers, hydrogeologists, and environmental managers, chemists, biologists, toxicologists, climatologists, and energy managers, graduates will be uniquely positioned to operate across disciplinary boundaries.
Alan Weston, MSc, MBA, PGeo
Brenda Martens, BSc, LEED Fellow, CSBA
Diane Grady, BASc, PhD
Don Livingstone, MASc, PEng
Goran Krstic, PhD, RPBio
Inder Singh, MASc, PEng
Jason Azzam, EP, EMS-LA, ENV SP
Kim Hopkins, BA, Ad Dipl GIS
Laurie Izgerean, BA, TEFL, PID
Maria Tirado, MEng, PhD
Mircea Cvaci, PEng, MBA
Nicole Steglich, PEng
Paul Litt, PEng
Rob Sianchuk, MASc
Selina Lee-Andersen, JD, MA
Soizic Wadge, MSc
Terry Fulton, PEng
Timo Makinen, PEng, MRM, MBA
Zoran Milacic, BSc, PLog, EP
- Brian S. White, PEng, PAC Chair; Division Manager – Environmental Services, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
- Arvind Saraswat, PhD, PEng, Senior Project Engineer, Metro Vancouver
- Cindy Yu, BSc, Meteorologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Local Executive, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
- Eric Choi, PEng, Senior Environmental Engineer, Senior Manager & Partner, Envirochem Services Inc
- Jerry Holzbecher, BSc, Client Services Manager, Environmental Vancouver Laboratory, ALS Laboratory
- Kevin Nilsen, PMP, EP, CPHR, President & CEO, ECO Canada
- Stephen Pinto, BSc, PAg, EP, Program Manager, Environmental Chemical Corporation
- Travis Hickford-Kulak, Vice President, Contract Utilities and Energy Systems, District Energy Canada, Corix Utilities Inc
Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Technology students are required to complete EENG 8460 Capstone Project. The goal of the Capstone Project course is to provide the student with an opportunity to work independently on an applied research project associated with an environmental or sustainable development issue or procedure. Under the supervision of an adviser and guidance of a faculty, the student will review a research proposal (Developed in EENG 8430) outlining the project scope, goals, methods and deliverables. The research project options include either a systematic review of literature with recommendations for a future project or initiative; or a data gathering study that follows an established quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research design.
Students submitting their proposals, approved by advisers, to Program Head, Dr. Olga Petrov – must do so between August 1st and 15th for registration in fall term and between December 5th to 15th for registration in winter term. For detailed information, consult Student Handbook.
Recent Capstone Projects
Fall 2021 – EENG 8460 – Faculty: Olga Petrov, PhD
|Shaghayegh Arabzadeh||Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Potential of Electric Air-Source Heat Pumps Compared to Natural Gas Furnaces for Metro Vancouver||Ali Ergudenler, Ph.D.,P.Eng.|
|Louise Bantok||Hydropower in the Mindanao River Basin, Philippines||Dan Kovacek, B.Eng. P.Eng.|
|Ammar Keykoni||Regional Snowpack Depth Change Possibly Due to Climate Warming and the Potential Impact on Freshwater Resources in Metro Vancouver Watersheds||Ali Ergudenler, PhD, P.Eng.|
|Standard Harmonized Monitoring Methods for Microplastics in Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants: A Systematic Review of Current Methodologies and Capabilities||Yao Hung Lan, MASc., P.Eng.|
|Sarah Preiksaitis||Fire Retardants in Compost – assessing risks associated with brominated fire retardants in commercial composting operations||Goran Krstic, PhD, R.P.Bio.|
Featured Capstone Projects
- The Urban Heat Island Effect in Densely Populated Urban Areas and its Implications on Eco-city Planning: Investigation of Vertical Temperature Profiles in Downtown Vancouver – Dana May, BTech Environmental Engineering 2021 (Faculty: Dr. Olga Petrov, Project Advisers: Dr. Olga Petrov, Dr. Eric Saczuk)
- Effects of Acclimatization on Coral Heat Stress Tolerance – Micah Koroll, BTech Environmental Engineering 2021 (Faculty: Dr. Olga Petrov, Project Adviser: Dr. Goran Krstic)
- Standard Harmonized Monitoring Methods for Microplastics in Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants: A Systematic Review of Current Methodologies and Capabilities – Emma Norman, BTech Environmental Engineering 2022 (Faculty: Dr. Olga Petrov, Project Adviser: Yao Hung Lan)
*additional appendices for systematic literature review can be reviewed by request to EE department.
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