The Environmental Science Technician A.A.S. program is a workforce education program with two concentrations. Students can prepare to become an Environmental Science Technician with a concentration in Environmental Studies. Students in the Environmental Studies concentration will be prepared to obtain employment as environmental sampling and testing technicians, environmental monitoring technicians, water and wastewater technicians, provide environmental mitigation services and other environmentally related jobs.
Upon completion of the Environmental Studies concentration, the student should be able to:
- Recognize and evaluate the effects of exposures in the workplace.
- Monitor and evaluate compliance with NPDES and air permits in field applications.
- Evaluate the interaction between human activities and the condition of a watershed.
- Apply GIS to analyze environmental data in a real-world application.
Students can prepare to become an Environmental Science Technician with a concentration in Occupational Safety. Students in the Occupational Safety concentration will be prepared to become Occupational Health and Safety Technicians in manufacturing settings or environmental settings. Occupational Health and Safety Technicians inspect workplaces for adherence to regulations on safety, health and the environment. Technicians work with specialists to test and measure potential hazards to help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public.
Upon completion of the Occupational Safety concentration, the student should be able to:
- Apply safe work practices in fire safety and confined space rescue.
- Respond with the appropriate techniques to uncover all pertinent facts of a safety incident.
- Incorporate good record keeping, hazard identification, product safety, and behavioral-based safety practices into a coherent safety management program.