FOREST TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

COURSE OVERVIEW

All students attending the Maritime College of Forest Technology are enrolled into the two-year Forest Technology Diploma program. The program focuses on developing a student’s proficiency in the use of various tools and technologies used in gathering data across forested environments, as well as developing knowledge of forestry dynamics, wildlife, management, and current issues. As a forest technologist, you will be doing field work in ever-changing forested locations, and applying the skills you’ve learned to research, management, and natural resource conservation tasks. Upon successful completion of the Forest Technology program students receive a diploma in Forest Technology. Unlike traditional high schools and universities, students enrolling at MCFT all receive the same class schedule each semester.

YEAR ONE
FIRST SEMESTER

September to December

  • Botany
  • Communications
  • Computer Applications
  • Dendrology & Silvics
  • Fish & Wildlife Ecology
  • Forest Ecology
  • Forest Fire Management I
  • Forest Measurements I
  • Forest Navigation
  • Introduction to Forestry Operations
  • Mathematics

YEAR ONE
SECOND SEMESTER

January to April

  • Biostatistics for Natural Resource Technicians
  • Fish & Wildlife Biology
  • Forest Fire Management II
  • Forest Measurements II
  • Geomatics I
  • Ground Vegetation Identification
  • Land Measurements
  • Photogrammetry
  • Silviculture
  • Supervisory Development

YEAR TWO
THIRD SEMESTER

September to December

  • Advanced Silviculture
  • Entomology & Pathology
  • Forest Harvesting
  • Forest Roads
  • Geomatics II
  • Non-Timber Forest Products I
  • Outdoor Survival

YEAR TWO
FOURTH SEMESTER

January to April

  • Ethics & Environmental Issues
  • Fish & Wildlife Management
  • Forest Business
  • Forest Management
  • Non-Timber Forest Products II
  • Public Speaking
  • Scaling
  • Urban Forestry
  • Wood Technology

 

An essential piece of any Forest Technologist’s equipment is their Field Book. Field books are used to log information related to dates, times, activities, crews, and surroundings while in the field. Through the information catalogued in a field book, a technologist should be able to account for their location and activities on any given day. It should also act as a resource that can be referred to when key bits of past information need to be reviewed. Throughout the duration of the Forest Technology program, students will be required to log field book entries for all outdoor labs and activities.

Work Practicum

April to September

All MCFT students are required to complete a 10-week work practicum in the summer between their first and second year of study, with the only requirement is that a student’s position to be forestry or wildlife related. Many students use this opportunity to travel to experience work in other provinces for the first time. Students are required to secure their own positions and negotiate their employment directly with the employer. However, MCFT will forward job postings for summer positions directly to students beginning as early as November. In certain cases interviews and physical testing required for certain positions are held on campus. Students will be evaluated by their most immediate supervisor on a pass fail basis. A passing summer work practicum evaluation is required in order for a student to graduate from the program. MCFT will also have students evaluate their employers. Students enrolled in the Advanced Fish & Wildlife program are encouraged to obtain wildlife related work experience during this work term, although this is not mandatory. Prospective students are encouraged to begin thinking of possible work placement options prior to enrolling at the college.

Note: Special provisions and arrangements for the summer practicum may be made for students who are members of family-owned companies who wish to continue work with the family firm.

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