The Environmental Engineering program provides the additional skills and knowledge that are required to work on assignments in the areas of sustainability, air quality, climate change, impact assessment, LCA, contaminated sites, water treatment, contaminant hydrogeology, solid waste management, resource management, and green energy technology.
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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Costs & Supplies
To recognize academic and non-academic achievements , the following are available:
BCIT Awards, Scholarships, and Bursaries
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 flexible learning courses are suitable for interested students as electives or professional development studies. These courses are not within the EE Program Matrix.
EENG 7000 Introduction to Climate Change, Ecology, and Systems Thinking
EENG 7211 Chemistry & Organic Chemistry
EENG 8288 Organizational Life Cycle Assessment
Individual timetables are available through myBCIT.
EENG courses are offered in the fall term (September to December, term 1 and 3) and winter term (January to April, term 2 and 4). Full-time students are registered in a set of courses each term allowing program completion in four terms. Flexible learning (part-time) students may register for the same courses individually that suit their schedule. All courses must be completed within seven years.
Sample schedules (subject to change):
Fall Term 2022 EENG timetable
Winter Term 2023 EENG timetable
Graduating & Jobs
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.
Completion of program courses, with a combination of graduate’s previous education and experiences, may satisfy registration requirements for the following organizations:
- Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC)
- Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC)
- British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA)
- College of Applied Biologists
- Association of the Chemical Profession of British Columbia (ACPBC)
Students should contact organizations directly for eligibility requirements and individual evaluation/assessment.
Faculty, Advisors & Staff
Olga Petrov, PhD (Chemical & Biological Engineering), Program Head
Ray Koenig, BSc, BBA, PGeo, Faculty
Zahra Tooyserkani, PhD, Faculty
Alan Weston, MSc, MBA, PGeo
Angela Duso, MSc
Brenda Martens, BSc, LEED Fellow, CSBA
Chikezie(Kezi) Nwaoha, PhD, PEng
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
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
Susan Kong, BSc, Program Assistant
Roxy Li, BSc, Lab Technical Staff
- 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
Capstones & Publications
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. The student will review their 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 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 2022 – EENG 8460 – Faculty: Olga Petrov, PhD
|Analysis and Examination of Emergency Response of Oil Spills on British Columbia’s Coasts||Zoran Milacic, BSc, PLog, EP|
|The Environmental and Social Benefits of Integrating Fruit-Bearing Trees within Metro Vancouver’s Urban Forests||Brenda Martens, BSc, LEED Fellow, CSBA|
|Warehouse Construction Environmental Protection Plan for Erosion and Sediment Control||Don Livingstone, MEng, PEng|
|Water Quality Monitoring of Metal Leaching and
Acid Rock Drainage in Local Watercourses Near Pennask Creek Wind Farm: 6-Year Trend Analysis
|Doug Bright, PhD, RPBio, PBiol.|
|Naomi George Oommen
|An Assessment of Nearshore Closed Containment Systems for Salmon Farming in British Columbia||Marvin Rosenau, PhD|
|Sung Kwon Shon
|Life Cycle Assessment Report on Single-use Plastic Bag and its alternatives– A Systemic Literature Review||Zahra Tooyserkani, PhD|
Featured Capstone Projects
- A Systematic Literature Review Assessing Nearshore Closed Containment Systems for Salmon Farming in British Columbia – Naomi George Oommen, BTech Environmental Engineering 2022 (Faculty: Dr. Olga Petrov, Project Adviser: Dr. Marvin Rosenau)
- Examining the Effects of the Garrison Lake Forest Fire of 2021 on the Surface Water Quality in Bell Creek’s Watershed – Tor Guttridge, BTech Environmental Engineering 2022 (Faculty: Dr. Goran Krstic, Project Adviser: Zoran Milacic)
- 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)
- 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)
*additional appendices for systematic literature review can be reviewed by request to EE department.
Past Capstone Projects
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