Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology


Program Description


Imagine a career working in a laboratory environment extracting valuable metals from raw materials, working on environmental sustainability, developing new and improved fuels, or developing the next generation of medications. Chemical engineering is a broad field that delves into all of these areas and more.

Cambrian's Chemical Engineering Technology program is the only one of its kind in Ontario and is designed to develop the skill sets you will need to work in any of these exciting fields. It couples fundamental theory with the necessary hands-on, practical laboratory training required for employment in various chemical industries and environmental sectors. You will work independently and in groups to build the self-directed study and teamwork skills you will need within various workplace settings.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 7 semesters
  • 2 paid co-ops
  • The only lab and process control program in Ontario
  • Quality control practices embedded throughout the program
  • Master report writing techniques that meet the standards set by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists


You are required to complete two co-operative work terms upon meeting the course pre-requisites. You may complete the two work placements during any of the non-academic semesters prior to graduation. These work terms provide you with the opportunity to apply classroom studies to an actual work situation.

Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS):

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U) (MCT4C) is highly recommended)
  • Any grade 11 or 12 chemistry (C) or (U)


  • Any grade 12 physics (C) or (U)
  • Computer competency in relevant software

Additional Information

Some employers require the students to provide proof of the completion of the WHMIS course and the First Aid/CPR certification prior to starting their first co-op placement. These courses are available through NORCAT and Continuing Education at Cambrian College.

Program Delivery

This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Program of Study

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian. This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Semester 1 Credits
CHM 1100 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 1101 General Chemistry I 1 2
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
MTH 1050 Algebra I 3
PHY 1112 Physical Principles 1 4
CHM 2455 O.H.S.A 1
The following General Education course: 3
PSY 2700
Client Comm. & Leadership Develop
Credits 20
Semester 2
CHM 1201 General Chemistry II Lab 1 2
CHM 1211 General Chemistry II 4
ENG 1754 Technical Communication 3
INT 3101 Instrumentation I for Chemists 1 3
MTH 1250 Algebra II 3
PHY 1271 Physical Aspects of Chemistry 1 4
CHM 1109 Mineral Processing 1 4
Credits 23
Semester 3
CHM 2320 Analytical Chemistry 1 5
CHM 2435 Chemical Instrumentation I 1 4
EPT 2407 Field Sampling Camp 1 1
INT 2310 Instrumentation II 1 3
MTH 2400 Calculus I 3
CHM 2445 Smelting and Refining 1 4
One of the following General Education courses: 3
FIT 1115
Health & Wellness
BIO 1000
Fungus Among Us
PSY 1125
Positive Psychology
PSY 1001
Psychology of Evil
Credits 23
Semester 4
CHM 1008 Unit Operations & Calculations I 1 4
CHM 2421 Analytical Chemistry II 1 5
CHM 3601 Chemical Instrumentation II 1 4
INT 3201 Instrumentation Practices for Chem 1 3
TEC 3501 Technical Report Research 1
MTH 2325 Technical Math III 3
CHM 2335 Organic Chemistry I 1 6
Credits 26
Semester 5
CHM 2500 Co-op Work Placement and Report 12
Credits 12
Semester 6
CHM 1009 Unit Operations & Calculations II 1 4
CHM 3635 Industrial Organic Chemistry 1 5
CHM 3653 Inorganic Chemistry 3
PHY 1272 Fluid Mechanics 1 4
TEC 3601 Technical Report 1 1
WTR 2300 Water Treatment 1 3
MTH 3631 Calculus II 3
One of the following General Education courses: 3
ECN 1002
BIO 1000
Fungus Among Us
FIT 1115
Health & Wellness
Credits 26
Semester 7
CHM 3700 Co-op Work Placement and Report II 12
Credits 12
Total Credits 142

Course with Lab Component

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment as:

  • Chemical technologists/technicians in mineral processing, petrochemicals, nuclear energy, food processing and testing, water treatment, pharmaceuticals, composite materials, and/or environmental conservation and control
  • Water and wastewater operators
  • Water quality analysts

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Last updated Oct 2019

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