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    Project Management - Environmental

Program Code:PME
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

The PME program prepares you for project development and management in both the environmental and civil engineering industries. It enables students from these disciplines to gain highly desirable management skills and knowledge, and complete a graduate certificate in two consecutive semesters.Project Management Institute - Logo

You’ll learn about the roles of the team member, team leader, and project manager. Your studies will encompass all aspects of project management, from the competitive bid process to scheduling, risk management and finally, to the closing of projects. During the second semester, valuable industry related experience will be gained under the direction and guidance of a mentor.

Program Learning Outcomes:

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Link projects with organization’s strategic plans, documenting the business needs and justifications for the project.
  • Define and manage the overall scope of the project, documenting project goals, deliverables, constraints, performance criteria and resource requirements in consultation with project stakeholders.
  • Develop a comprehensive project plan while applying principles of management for sustainability:
    • Prepare effective plans for the approval of specialized profession specific practitioners.
  • Integrate project functions, making trade-offs among competing objectives and alternatives in order to meet or exceed project objectives.
  • Implement planning and control procedures, resource management, and risk management plans specifically related to the fields of environmental science and engineering.
  • Employ a range of methodologies, techniques, and tools available to project managers including the use of foundational engineering and scientific principles applicable to analysis and solutions approach:
    • Use mathematical and scientific analyses to identify and solve technical problems.
    • Apply decision tree principles of logic to determine conclusions.
    • Use principles of source-pathway-receptor model to identify potential areas of adverse impact, to define study sites and to select appropriate mitigative options.
    • Select appropriate scientific and technical reference material.
    • Relate physical and mathematical sciences to remediation and redevelopment work.
  • Develop, implement, and analyze key financial information, translating financial information into project terms and establishing financial benchmarks.
  • Identify, analyze, and refine project costs to produce a budget and control project costs.
  • Determine quality requirements and implement quality assessment activities.
  • Identify and allocate human resources required to manage project tasks, both within the core project team and the broader organization.
  • Manage communications to ensure the timely and appropriate generation, collection, dissemination, storage and disposition of project information to aid in the achievement of project activities:
    • Communicate information effectively and accurately by analysing, translating and producing relevant documents and reports, by written, oral and visual means.
    • Interpret reports of technical specialists and make informed recommendations based on these reports.
    • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences appropriate to their context and needs.
  • Identify potential risk events, monitor and control risk events, and assess risk management outcomes:
    • Monitor adherence to occupational health and safety regulations.
  • Identify procurement requirements, establish procurement processes, and implement and evaluate contracts.
  • Monitor project progress, identify variances and take timely action to deal with problems and opportunities:
    • Monitor the quality and quantity of work.
  • Anticipate and respond to challenges inherent in complex projects.
  • Develop creative and flexible solutions that bring projects in on time and within budget.
  • Practice of professional ethics and responsibilities:
    • Perform job related tasks in a manner consistent with those of professional associations and other relevant bodies related to the environmental field.
    • Exhibit a strong sense of integrity and ethical awareness.
    • Be cognizant of the expectations and limitations of technology in problem solving and the limitations of specific professional practices.
    • Recognize personal limits and seek assistance in a timely manner to resolve problems beyond own knowledge and skill.
    • Apply knowledge of existing confidentiality, privacy and reporting regulations to daily work.
    • Advocate adherence to ethical principles and standards.
    • Keep abreast of relevant technological change.
  • Interact with team and stakeholders in a professional manner, respecting differences, to ensure a collaborative project management environment.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree from an accredited institution in Environmental Studies, Planning, General Science, Environmental Science, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences; OR
  • A three–year advanced post secondary diploma in Environmental Technology or Engineering Technology from a recognized college/ university or equivalent with a minimum of 3 years documented, related work experience including references; OR
  • Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field. Relevant references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the college level.
  • Computer literacy.


  • Prospective students are required to be highly literate and have superior communication and analytical skills. Prospective students may be required to undergo testing to assess these skills.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Advance your career with this two–semester Project Management program designed specifically for the environmental and civil engineering sectors. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to take a more prominent role in your career with refined project management skills and an enhanced awareness of emerging environmental projects, programs and policies. You’ll find career opportunities in businesses of all sizes, as well as in all areas of government and non–profit organizations.

Important Academic Dates

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Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PME100 Applied Communications for Business and Industry 3
PME101 The Sustainability Matrix 3
PME104 Introduction to Internship 1
PME170 Business Principles 4
PME200 Project Management Fundamentals 4
PME201 Planning and Controlling the Baseline 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PME202 Geographic Information Systems and Data Management 3
PME230 Environmental Law 3
PME240 Civil Infrastructure 3
PME400 Applied Project Management II 4
PME707 Environmental Management Systems 3
PME808 Environmental Risk Management 3

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angela Sakellariou
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22802
International Admissions Advisor: Anne Paterson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sandra Phoon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: June Lewis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26038
Program Coordinator: Mahipal Jadeja
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26380
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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