There’s never been a better time to enter the engineering technology and environmental studies fields

Let Georgian College help you get started on your career

For industries to survive in today’s global market economy, they must be able to draw on a pool of highly trained technicians, technologists and other trade specialties in a broad range of employment settings.

We offer a wide range of exciting programs designed to get you working in your field of expertise. In our programs, you’ll get hands-on experience combined with technical knowledge from industry-experienced professionals who love what they do.

Georgian is a recognized leader in experiential learning, and many of our programs contain co-op work terms. Our dynamic partnerships with business and industry allow for quality work experiences for our students. Not only will this give you an edge in the career marketplace, it means you can earn while you learn!

A growing number of companies are partnering with our students on applied research projects to find solutions to technical problems best tested at the technologist and technician level. This allows our students the opportunity to spend time with potential employers and to put their knowledge and skills to the test on real-life work projects.

Our facilities and technology are state-of-the-art. Check out the Facilities tab above to learn more about the Centre for Sustainable Technologies, where many of our classes are held.

Come study with us, and get ready for your exciting career in a high-demand field!

 

Three Georgian students stand behind their rocking chair creations.

Cabinetmaking students give back

Students from Georgian’s Cabinetmaking Techniques program showed off their work and gave back to the community at a Barrie Campus holiday bazaar this week. Several people came by to admire and purchase student-made wooden rocking horses, tables, medicine cabinets and more. Read more...

Alumnus Jeffery Vizza sits behind used meters

Jeffrey Vizza

Apprentice Meter Technician, PowerStream

Program:

Electrical Engineering Technology, Automated Systems

Year:

2007


When I started at Georgian, I wanted to be an electrician or work in electricity. My father works in the field, so I had a good sense of my career goals. I chose my program because I knew it could take me in different directions in that field. Read more...

Three Georgian students stand behind their rocking chair creations.

Cabinetmaking students give back

Students from Georgian’s Cabinetmaking Techniques program showed off their work and gave back to the community at a Barrie Campus holiday bazaar this week. Several people came by to admire and purchase student-made wooden rocking horses, tables, medicine cabinets and more. Read more...

Laura Formusa, Hydro One President & CEO, and Brian Tamblyn, Georgian College President and CEO, sign partnership documents together and smile at the camera

Hydro One finds future workforce in Georgian College students

Five years ago Hydro One launched a partnership with Georgian College to promote careers in the utility sector and train more students to become the company’s future workforce. The partnership has been so successful that Hydro One will continue the partnership with a second $750,000 investment. Read more...

A group of students in welding gear apply their welding skills in a lab.

Students score 100 per cent in welding qualification tests

First-semester students in the Welding Techniques program at the Midland Campus recently scored 100 per cent on the Canadian Welding Bureau structural qualification tests. These welding qualifications are recognized across Canada and are now a requirement for most structural welding employers. Read more...

PowerStream President and CEO Brian Bentz and Ford of Canada President Dianne Craig ceremonially energize their partnership with Georgian College by joining two power cables together

EV charging station powers up unique research

Georgian College students and faculty will initiate cutting-edge research on power use, quality, consumption and costing for electric vehicles (EV) thanks to a first-of-its-kind charging station supported by PowerStream and Ford Motor Company of Canada. Read more...

Georgian grad Simon Crank at the Hydro One facility in Barrie

Hydro One puts Georgian co-op students to work

Hiring 34 students this past fall 2013 Co-op semester, Hydro One has continued to support and provide employment experiences for our students within the areas of Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Computer Studies, Business, and Human Resources Management. Read more...

Environmental studies student Ryan Mueller standing next to the Hodge Research Area sign

Local Minesing research area named after Georgian student

A land donation to Georgian College made a number of years ago by Stan and Winnie Hodge in memory of their son Kerry (a Georgian student), has led to the establishment of the Hodge Research Area. The area, located in the eastern arm of the Minesing Wetlands, is a mixed deciduous-coniferous forest. Read more...

Dan Evans, Grant Patterson, Dustin White and Jason Davenport wearing their team uniforms and standing with their curling brooms

Curling for a cause in Owen Sound

Four of Georgian College’s first-year Marine Navigation students – Dan Evans, Grant Patterson, Dustin White and Jason Davenport – participated in the 12th Annual Charity Curling Funspiel, supporting mammography testing at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. Read more...

Georgian to host second annual GIS Day

Georgian's Engineering Technology program area has partnered with the County of Simcoe to bring together students, faculty and Geographic Information System (GIS) professionals for a full day of presentations and networking at the Barrie Campus. Read more...

OACETT creates endowment for Georgian Engineering Technology students

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) has created a $40,000 endowment to fund an annual financial award for Engineering Technology students enrolled at Georgian College.. Read more...

Young man bends down in field of grass, evaluating the local ecosystem

Students gain practical experience at Hodge Research Area

Environmental studies students have the opportunity to conduct hands-on field experience at the Georgian College Hodge Research Area (HRA). Located 20 minutes west of the Barrie Campus in Springwater Township, the eight-hectare HRA was established thanks to a land donation. Read more...

Cabinetmaking Techniques student Cindy Geyer takes some final measurements before working on the doors of her entertainment unit in the woodworking shop

Cabinetmaking students show off their best work yet

Students in the 2012-13 Cabinetmaking program at the Barrie Campus exhibited their work on Aug. 19 and 20 in the inaugural Student Cabinetmaking Exhibit. The event began with an opening night celebration. Students were on hand both days to discuss their work. Read more...

Akash sits in a small room full of large computers, buttons and wires

Toronto Hydro partners with Georgian to hire co-op students

Toronto Hydro provides a diverse range of employment experiences for our students within the areas of Electrical Engineering, Computer Studies, Business, and Human Resource Management; hiring approximately 10 students each Co-op work term. Read more...

Students checking out various booths at the career fair

Employers impressed by Engineering Career Fair

Co-op and Career Services held the 4th annual Engineering Career Fair in the Engineering Technology Building at the Barrie Campus on Jan. 30. The co-op engineering team helped welcome 24 industry partners, including more than 60 employer representatives – many Georgian College alumni. Read more...

Marine student Jessica Clement stands on board a ship

Marine student faces future with excitement and confidence

I was raised in a small Northern Ontario town which relies heavily on the mining industry for employment. A family friend introduced me to the idea of working on board ships –since I crave adventure and enjoy travelling. Read more...

Connor Finley inspects a plumbing joint that he was working on at the Midland Campus

High school students get hands-on experience in skilled trades

400 students from 32 high schools across Simcoe and Muskoka attended the third annual Skilled Trades Expo. Each student picked two interactive workshops. They worked in teams and, under the guidance of Georgian College instructors, solved assigned problems related to each skilled trade they chose. Read more...

Mike Azevedo, Chris Kerr, Iain Watson and Amber Stevenson stand in welding class

Students pass Canadian Welding Bureau exam

Mike Azevedo, Chris Kerr, Iain Watson and Amber Stevenson are now certified to legally weld anywhere in Canada. Over Reading Week, the students successfully passed testing organized by the Canadian Welding Bureau – the national licensing body for welders in Canada. Read more...

Faculty and alumni profiled in trades documentary

Georgian College faculty and alumni are featured in a new documentary created by Rogers TV as part of the Train in Trades initiative, or TNT. Led by Mayor Jeff Lehman and MPP Rod Jackson in partnership with Georgian, TNT aims to raise awareness about local job opportunities in the skilled trades. Read more...

A uniformed students stands in a navigation training room

Owen Sound Campus recognized as global leader in marine training technology

The Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre at the Owen Sound Campus is making waves across the globe. The Centre hosted an engine room simulator workshop, chaired by senior Transport Canada officials, in June, 2013. Program director Peter Buell hosted. Read more...

A group of power engineering professionals and students stands together

Power engineering group starts up in Owen Sound

The inaugural meeting of the Institute of Power Engineers (IPE) Northern Sub-Branch was held at the Owen Sound Campus on Sept. 16. The group consists of Power Engineering program students and staff, and industry professionals. Read more...

A view of the control panels and window in the new marine centre

$1.5-million gift makes waves for Georgian College's marine programs

The largest and most sophisticated marine navigation simulator at Georgian College’s marine training centre was named after one of the country’s shipping industry leaders, Jack Leitch. Leitch donated $1.5 million to the Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre in Owen Sound. Read more...

Six Georgian cadets with Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and Owen Sound Mayor Deb Haswell.

Six Georgian cadets honoured at international marine industry gathering

Six Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre cadets were once again honoured at Marine Club, a gathering at the Royal York Hotel of more than 2,000 Great Lakes marine industry executives. Read more...

Matthew Chandler is pictured with Lisa Whalen, Manager of Georgian’s Co-op / Internship and Career Services.

Georgian honours co-op student of the Year

It isn’t easy to balance a busy student life, maintain top grades and excel in volunteer activities and professional development, but Environmental Technician student Matthew Chandler, has managed to do just that. He was honoured with a Co-op Student of the Year Award for his accomplishments. Read more...

John receives his $1,000 cheque from Lise Mollon, Co-op Consultant, Owen Sound Campus.

Owen Sound student receives $1,000 from Co-op and Career Services

The Co-op and Career Services team congratulates John Hutchinson, winner of the 2013 Co-op Entrance Scholarship Award. John is currently a student in the Marine Engineering Technician co-op program at the Owen Sound Campus. Read more...

Paul Geniole Jr. standing with his race car at the Sunset Speedway

Paul Geniole Jr.

Student revs up his career

First-year Mechanical Engineering Technology student Paul Geniole Jr., recently stood in fourth place in the 2013 Point Standings (Super Stock) at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil. Point standings recognize drivers who consistently place well. Read more...

Students in a classroom watch a screen broadcasting an image of their professor at another campus

Making college history through technology

Video conferencing was used for the first time in Sep. 2013 to link students and faculty between two Georgian campuses. Introduction to Marketing was delivered in class to students by faculty at the John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus and to students at the Muskoka Campus through technology. Read more...

A large group of civil engineering technician - construction students sit inside the City Hall rotunda

Students talk development with Barrie mayor

As part of the Construction Practices: Methods course in the Civil Engineering Technician – Construction program, second-year Georgian students met with Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman in the rotunda at city hall to discuss long-term plans to redevelop Barrie’s downtown. Read more...

A large group of students and leaders on the deck of a ship, looking up at the camera

Ideas in Motion returns to Owen Sound

Marine industry leaders came to Georgian College to present technical papers to Marine Navigation and Engineering cadets. The event is an opportunity for students and faculty to meet with industry personnel, learn about the latest innovative technology and do some industry networking. Read more...

The front of the award-winning Christmas card, featuring important pieces of the Barrie waterfront and Santa's sleigh in front of the moon

Co-op student designs City of Barrie Christmas Card

The Mayor’s Office of the City of Barrie conducts an annual contest to choose a piece of artwork to be used as the official design for the Christmas Card of Barrie. This year, Georgian College HRAC student Gabriel Morales was chosen as the winner for his painting titled “Starry Night in Barrie.” Read more...

Alumnus Jeffery Vizza sits behind used meters

Jeffrey Vizza

Apprentice Meter Technician, PowerStream

Program:

Electrical Engineering Technology, Automated Systems

Year:

2007


When I started at Georgian, I wanted to be an electrician or work in electricity. My father works in the field, so I had a good sense of my career goals. I chose my program because I knew it could take me in different directions in that field. Read more...

Alumnus Paul Traynor stands in front of several old meters

Paul Traynor

Apprentice Meter Technician, PowerStream

Program:

Electrical Engineering Technology

Year:

2013


My team installs, tests and troubleshoots meters for all the residential, industrial and commercial buildings in our area. Every day I’m learning something new. I have a good combination of working outside and working in the office. Read more...

Rattan Chahal works on a piece of machinery

Rattan Chahal

Technical Services Specialist, New Flyer Industries

Program:

Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automotive Manufacturing

Year:

2008


My co-op work experiences from Georgian were a great asset on my resume and really helped me choose my career path. My placements were at various manufacturing and consulting companies and they allowed me to gain invaluable, practical knowledge. Read more...

Alumnus Myles Southorn in a parking garage filled with PowerStream trucks

Myles Southorn

Apprentice Lineperson, PowerStream

Program:

Electrical Engineering Technology, Automated Systems

Year:

2010


At Georgian you learn basic electrical theory. The co-op placements allowed you to take that information and apply it to the field. That combination of knowledge and experience is what got me the job at PowerStream. Read more...

Kyle Mitchell stands in front of Royal Roads University

Kyle Mitchell

Project Official III (Water / Wastewater), Environmental Services, City of Orillia

Program:

Environmental Technology

Year:

2011


After graduation, I decided to pursue a BSc in Environmental Management through an articulation agreement between Georgian and Royal Roads University. Today, I conduct environmental engineering and inspections of water and wastewater projects throughout the City of Orillia. Read more...

Alumnus Scott Little stands in front of a big white PowerStream truck

Scott Little

Station Maintenance Technician, PowerStream

Program:

Electrical Engineering Technologist – Automated Systems

Year:

2006


What surprised me when I started here was the magnitude of what I work on. We serve so many people, work with big technology, on big transformers with big impact. There are only seven guys in my department and it’s great to work with the same people every day – people I know and like. Read more...

Alumnus Calvin Hitch

Calvin Hitch

Environmental Technologist, Calder Engineering Ltd.

Program:

Environmental Technology

Year:

2011


The Environmental Technology program gave me the necessary skills to think critically, and allowed me to gain hands-on experience with industry concepts and equipment. I was fortunate to get a full-time job before graduating and haven't looked back since. Read more...

Alumnus Darryl Robinson

Darryl Robinson

Quality Engineer, Linamar Co.

Program:

Mechanical Engineering Technology - Automotive Manufacturing

Year:

2011


From the Office of the Registrar to the professors, everyone was very approachable and always helped out the students. The help and guidance I received from the International Student Centre made it easier for me to get around in a new city and helped me get accustomed to the environment. Read more...

Rob Davidson working with a student in class

Rob Davidson

Coordinator, Marine & Small Engines Program and Apprenticeship, Georgian College

Program:

Mechanical Techniques – Marine Engine Mechanic (formerly Marine Technology – Recreation)

Year:

1993


I completed my apprenticeship through Georgian College at a marina in the Orillia area, attended service schools for Mercury Marine and Volvo Penta to become a Master Technician, and then did American Boat and Yacht Council training to become a Certified Marine Electrician. Read more...

Uniformed alumnus Brad Hankinson standing in the control room of a ship

Brad Hankinson

Second Mate, Lower Lakes Towing Ltd.

Program:

Marine Technology - Navigation


Georgian’s Marine Technology – Navigation program really attracted me because it helped me get working in the industry within three years. Now I’m second mate on a lake freighter, responsible for a navigational watch twice a day. Read more...

Portrait of Alumnus Captain Scott Bravener, smiling and standing in front of a brick wall

Captain Scott Bravener

President and CEO, Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. and the Lower Lakes Transportation Company

Program:

Marine Technology - Navigation

Year:

1985


As president and CEO of Lower Lakes group of companies, and its U.S. subsidiary Lower Lakes Transportation, Captain Scott Bravener oversees 500 employees and the transportation of 18-million metric tons of materials annually on its 16 vessels throughout the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. Read more...

Carl Robb

Carl Robb

Product Manager, Sustainable Water Solutions, Canplas Industries Ltd.

Program:

Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automotive Products Design

Year:

2003


As a Product Manager, I’m responsible for the health of the product line. That means I’m involved with identification and development of new products, changing or updating existing products, setting direction for technical aspects of product marketing as well as administrative functions. Read more...

Darryl Hindle, in front of a Quench Buggy

Darryl Hindle

Owner, Quench Buggy

Program:

Mechanical engineering technology – Automotive Manufacturing

Year:

1999


I was working for a portable toilet company and a lady asked if I knew where she could fill up her bottle with water. I didn’t know but as she left we both agreed that water should be just as obtainable as a washroom. My creative mind went into overdrive and Quench Buggy was born. Read more...

Alumnus Ron Mori sits at a big desk, the large computer control system behind him

Ron Mori

Apprentice System Controller, PowerStream

Program:

Electrical Engineering and Automated Systems

Year:

2010


In my current role, I help manage all the distribution assets in PowerStream’s service territory. We respond to system challenges and make sure power is being distributed safely and efficiently. I love that it’s different every day. Read more...

Alumnus Joel Lacombe sits at his desk at PowerStream

Joel Lacombe

Design Technician, PowerStream

Program:

Electrical Engineering Technology

Year:

2013


I did all three of my co-ops at PowerStream in Barrie, in the capital design department. They do pole line designs. So when I applied for this position, I had a solid base of knowledge and the connections I needed to get the job. Read more...

Rick Hopper Alumni

Rick Hopper

Owner, Country Woodworkers

Program:

Cabinetmaking Techniques (formerly Furniture and Building)

Year:

1984 (approx)


When Rick Hopper decided to come to Georgian College in 1982, he brought with him a passion for two things he loved to do – woodworking and playing hockey. Fortunately Georgian was able to support Rick’s passions with both an Applied Arts furniture and building program and a varsity hockey team. Read more...

Alumna Tanya Pulfer in a canoe

Tanya Pulfer

Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Coordinator, Ontario Nature

Program:

Environmental Technology (Formerly Environmental Engineering Technology)

Year:

1997


The best thing that came from my Georgian College experience was my eight month co-op as an administrative assistant with the Natural Heritage Information Centre, a part of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) that tracks Ontario's rare species and space. Read more...

Bob Dundas holds two fish

Bob Dundas

Instructor, Georgian College

Program:

Mechanical Techniques – Marine Engine Mechanic (formerly Marine Technology – Recreation)

Year:

1992


My program at Georgian gave me the tools and knowledge to go out into the industry with confidence and then build a career from there through co-op placement and on-the-job experience. I learned that hard work in and out of the classroom is what it takes to succeed. Read more...

Kim Wallace

Kim Wallace

Occupational Health & Safety Coordinator, Ontario Clean Water Agency

Program:

Environmental Technology

Year:

2000


After graduating from Georgian, I started out as an Operator in Training at the Ontario Clean Water Agency. I then moved into a Corporate Compliance Advisor role, where I maintained OCWA’s environmental management systems. Read more...

Alumnus Mike Maurice at the 80th parallel north

Mike Maurice

Arctic Research Technologist, Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change

Program:

Environmental Technology

Year:

2013


My current role at CANDAC involves supporting operations for several programs that help detect atmospheric change in Eureka, Nunavut – an isolated northern environment. I also help with the logistics for Arctic expeditions. Read more...

Mike Brunner

Mike Brunner

High Performance Door Technical Consultant, TNR Industrial Doors

Program:

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Year:

2003


What I like most about my job is that it’s never the same day twice. I interact with a lot of different people, deal with unique challenges, and see interesting places. Read more...

Alumna Theresa Marcotte

Theresa Marcotte

Panel Builder, Walker Panels

Program:

Electrical Techniques

Year:

2012


I graduated in my program’s first year and am proud to say I got my job three days after graduating. My role at Walker Panels involves building custom panels for mines, factories and heavy equipment. I start from schematic drawings and build the whole panel myself. Read more...

There are many ways that Georgian works collaboratively with industry.

  • Curriculum – Senior staff from leading-edge companies participate on Georgian’s many advisory councils, helping faculty to develop industry-led contemporary curriculum that matches students’ learning experiences with the needs of employers.
  • Co-op - Georgian has co-op agreements with over 30,000 employers. A vast majority of students find employment with their co-op employer after graduation.
  • Corporate training – Georgian offers individualized training packages to companies who want to ensure that their workforce remains current with technologies and that they remain compliant with new regulations and standards.
  • Applied research – A growing number of companies are partnering with Georgian’s Engineering Technology students through the College’s Applied Research service to find solutions to technical problems best tested at the technologist and technician level. This allows students the opportunity to spend time with potential employers and to put their knowledge and skills to the test on real-life work projects.
  • Donations – Many industry partners contribute to Georgian to ensure its programs, facilities, technologies and tools are up-to-date, and represent what students will find in the workplace. These dollars are viewed as an investment by employers who want to ensure Georgian students are well prepared to make a positive impact in the workforce.

Large Industry Co-op Supporters

In our technology program area, Georgian is fortunate to have forged strong industry partnerships across both the private and public sector. Example employers for the engineering programs include:

  • Utilities providers: Hydro One, Powerstream, Toronto Hydro, Innisfil Hydro, Orillia Hydro, BC Hydro, Ontario Power Generation, etc.
  • Cities, Towns & Municipalities: City of Barrie, Town of Innisfil, York Region, Simcoe County, Bruce-Grey Township, Town of Midland, City of Toronto, etc.
  • Government: Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Auditor General, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, Ministry of the Environment
  • Crown Corporations: Independent Electricity Systems Operator (IESO), Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA)
  • Private Industry: Gunnell Engineering, Magna, Honda, Peto McCallum, Siemens, Eaton, Hatch, Morrisson Hershfield, AlarmForce, Elcan, Tycos Tool & Die

Co-op examples:

  • Waste-water Operators / Technicians
  • Lab Assistants
  • Tool & Die Makers
  • Machine operators / machinists
  • Quality Assurance
  • Project Co-ordinators
  • Provincial Lines
  • Substation Maintenance
  • Engineering Assistants
  • CADD / GIS Technicians
  • Energy Auditors
  • Field Service / Product Service Professionals
  • Research assistants
  • Compliance Technicians

For inquires please contact Jacqueline Huggard at (705) 728-1968 x 5225 or or fill out the form below.