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Hazardous Waste Management Technologist

Hazardous waste management technologists:

  • provide information and advice on the packaging, handling and disposal of toxic wastes
  • conduct inspections and waste audits
  • investigate environmental incidents
  • monitor and control the cleanup of contaminated land, water and air.
  • Avg. Salary $80,949.00
  • Avg. Wage $42.48
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 7,900
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Environmental Technician/Technologist, Laboratory Technician/Technologist, Waste Management Specialist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety (2263) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety (C163) 
  • 2011 NOC: Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

27%
27%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Hazardous Waste Management Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety
METHODICAL

Interest in handling materials to collect water samples and other materials for analyses; and to develop, implement and evaluate health and safety programs and strategies

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing data from investigations of health and safety related complaints, spills of hazardous chemicals, outbreaks of diseases and poisonings and from workplace accidents and illnesses

DIRECTIVE

Interest in speaking with employers, employees and the general public to deliver training and advise on public health, environmental protection and workplace safety issues; and in initiating enforcement procedures to fine or to close establishments that contravene municipal, provincial and federal regulations

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Jan 30, 2017

Hazardous waste management involves preventing and reducing the use of hazardous materials, reducing or eliminating the production of hazardous waste, reusing materials and disposing of hazardous waste safely.

Duties and responsibilities vary from one position to another but, in general, hazardous waste management technologists:

  • survey commercial and municipal organizations to investigate waste systems and disposal methods
  • maintain inventories of onsite hazardous materials, equipment inspection logs and facility records
  • collect representative samples of waste material to determine characteristics and classify wastes
  • monitor occupational hygiene standards and procedures
  • provide information and advice on ways to collect, transport, handle, store and dispose of toxic wastes
  • oversee the testing of emergency response plans and help clean up toxic waste spills and measure the extent of damage to the land, air and water
  • help monitor and control the cleanup of contaminated land, air and water
  • conduct inspections and waste audits of all types of industries to ensure that wastes are properly managed (stored, handled, recycled)
  • write inspection and technical reports for compliance with provincial and federal legislation and gather evidence for use in legal actions
  • write certificates of approval for recycling, treatment and disposal facilities
  • advise industry and government, and assist in drafting rules and regulations for managing hazardous wastes
  • inform industry and the public about hazardous waste management practices.

Hazardous waste management technologists often work in co-operation with environmental engineers to develop new methods of dealing with hazardous waste.

Working Conditions
Updated Jan 30, 2017

Working conditions vary. Hazardous waste management technologists may work in office environments or around dirty, noisy industrial sites. Depending on the circumstances, they may be required to wear personal protective equipment, work outdoors in all kinds of weather, travel frequently (sometimes internationally) or lift equipment weighing up to or over 20 kilograms. They may also be required to work for extended periods of time in emergency response situations.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Jan 30, 2017

Hazardous waste management technologists must be:

  • dedicated to personal and public safety
  • alert and able to quickly recognize unsafe conditions
  • patient, organized and orderly
  • comfortable working with mechanical devices and instruments
  • able to understand and keep up to date regarding regulations, guidelines and environmental legislation
  • able to keep accurate records and write reports
  • able to work independently with minimal or no direct supervision and to work with other members of a team

They should enjoy taking a methodical approach to their work, analyzing data, finding innovative solutions to problems and directing the work of others.

Educational Requirements
Updated Jan 30, 2017

Hazardous waste management technologists must be

  • able to operate sampling instruments
  • skilled at using computers to manipulate and analyze data
  • able to understand and interpret laboratory results
  • familiar with the operation of waste management and treatment facilities (landfills, hazardous waste storage sites, processing sites) and equipment

Hazardous waste management technologists may acquire the required skills and knowledge through a variety of educational routes combined with on-the-job training. For example, they may take a related 2-year diploma program (such as environmental science or natural resource management) or a related 3 or 4-year degree program (such as a bachelor of science degree in biology, chemistry or environmental science). Hazardous waste management technologists employed in mid-level positions may require a master's or a doctoral degree.

The following hazardous material courses may be required or recommended:

  • WHMIS (Workplace Hazards Management Information System) training
  • H2S Alive training
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Confined Space Entry training

 


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Concordia University of Edmonton

Yellowhead Tribal College Edmonton - AB

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Jan 30, 2017

Certified Engineering Technologist

Certified engineering technologists (CETs) apply industry-recognized codes, standards, procedures and practices to solve problems within their technological areas of expertise. Depending on their duties supervision by a Professional Engineer / Geoscientist or Professional Technologist (Engineering / Geoscience) may be required.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act [pdf] and ASET Regulation [pdf], you must be a registered member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to use the title Certified Engineering Technologist (CET). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Certified Engineering Technologist.

What You Need

Registration requires successful completion of:

  • an applied science, engineering or information technology program accredited at the technologist level by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) or equivalent
  • at least 2 years of acceptable technical experience
  • 3 professional references
  • completion of a competency report
  • successful completion of ASET’s Professional Practice Exam.

Other requirements may include:

  • ASET certification exam
  • proficiency in English
  • proof of legal entitlement to work in Canada.

For detailed official information about registration requirements, contact ASET.

Working in Alberta

Certified engineering technologists who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory body in another province may transfer to Alberta as a Certified Engineering Technologist or Applied Science Technologist if the two jurisdictions require similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the ASET website.

To learn about certification for internationally educated engineering technologists, see Mechanical Engineering Technologist Certification Process [pdf] and Electrical Engineering Technologist Certification Process [pdf] on the Opportunity Alberta website.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600, 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5C6
Canada

Call: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience)

Professional Technologists (Engineering) and Professional Technologists (Geoscience) are currently unique to Alberta. They practise independently in accordance with established methodologies and specifications in the fields of engineering and geoscience. They have the authority to sign off and stamp work within a prescribed scope of practice.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act [pdf] and Professional Technologists Regulation [pdf], you must be registered as a Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience) by the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to practise engineering or geoscience within a prescribed scope of practice, or to use the titles Professional Technologist (Engineering) or Professional Technologist (Geoscience) or the abbreviations P.Tech. (Eng.) or P.Tech. (Geo.).

What You Need

To register as a Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience), you must have:

  • A designation as a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) in good standing
  • At least 6 years of work experience in areas that relate to engineering or geoscience, with at least 2 years under the supervision and control of an Alberta Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist in the your proposed area and scope of practice
  • At least 2 years of post-secondary education in areas that relate to your proposed area and scope of practice
  • At least 4 years of experience under the supervision and control of an Alberta Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist or at least 10 years of experience if your post-secondary education does not match your proposed area and scope of practice
  • 3 professional references
  • Proof of compliance with ASET’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program
  • Successful completion of the National Professional Practice Exam

Other requirements may include:

  • ASET Certification Exam
  • Demonstration of proficiency in English
  • Proof of legal entitlement to work in Canada

For detailed, official information, contact ASET.

Working in Alberta

Professional technologists with a license to practice engineering or geoscience are currently only recognized in Alberta. They may be eligible for a limited licence with engineering regulatory organizations in other jurisdictions. Information on obtaining a limited licence is available through the regulatory organizations.

Registered professional technologists in Alberta may transfer to another province and receive recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist or Applied Science Technologist by completing the process set by the local provincial regulatory organizations for technologists. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the ASET website.

Contact Details

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600, 9888 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Canada

Call: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Jan 30, 2017

Hazardous waste management technologists are employed by the following types of organizations:

  • municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities
  • regional solid waste management facilities
  • public works departments
  • health care facilities
  • laboratories
  • municipal engineering firms
  • waste management companies, brokers and recyclers
  • government environmental regulatory services
  • pulp and paper processing companies
  • oil and gas exploration companies and contractors
  • petrochemical companies
  • environmental contracting and consulting firms
  • companies in other industries that generate hazardous waste, including: manufacturing, mining and transportation.

Some employers may require applicants to have a clean driving record.

Hazardous waste management technologists employed in larger organizations may advance to supervisory positions. Obtaining a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in science or environmental engineering usually is required to move into management, consulting or professional roles such as hazardous materials engineer, recycling manager or environmental auditor.

Hazardous waste management technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2263: Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety. In Alberta, 85% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook (PDF) in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 9,400 Albertans are employed in the Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.0% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 94 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As hazardous waste management technologists form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for hazardous waste management technologists.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Jan 30, 2017
Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $16.00 $55.00 $35.55 $35.90
Overall $20.00 $71.43 $42.48 $41.97
Top $23.00 $92.86 $48.87 $49.40

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Oil & Gas Extraction
Utilities
Public Administration
Health Care & Social Assistance
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
ALL INDUSTRIES
Transportation and Warehousing
Educational Services
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Manufacturing
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Construction
Retail Trade
Business, Building and Other Support Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

31%
31%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

27%
27%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

5%
5%

Vacancy Rate

2%
Related High School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Computing Science
  • Natural Resources
    • Environmental Stewardship
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Environment, Forestry and Related Studies
  • Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Jan 30, 2017

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) website: www.aset.ab.ca

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) website: www.apega.ca

Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board (CECAB) website: www.cecab.org

ECO Canada website: www.eco.ca

Environmental Services Association of Alberta website: www.esaa.org

For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Supports Centre near you.

Updated Jan 30, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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