Chemical Laboratory Technology
Chemical Laboratory Technology combines a laboratory orientation with a broad theoretical background to provide students with the skills needed to work alongside professional chemists in a wide range of industrial and research settings. The program's training in fundamental chemical principles, basic laboratory techniques and modern chemical instrumentation enables graduates to adapt to exciting technological advances in chemistry.
This program is currently only offered full time; distance and continuing education options are not available. Each academic year consists of two 15-week semesters and students generally take two years to complete the program. All students must pass the pre-requisite courses before proceeding to the next courses. A co-operative work study program in Chemical Technology is also offered following the third semester, combining the traditional academic program with a 12 month paid term of related industrial work experience. Co-op students are selected from those who have successfully completed the first three semesters of the Chemical Laboratory Technology program. CHEM 325 (Technical Project and Report) is a one-week industry practicum for all graduating students, excluding the co-op class. This practicum will take place in February.
Chemical laboratory technologists conduct experiments on products being developed or improved, and are responsible for the installation, maintenance and operation of analytical equipment and technical instruments.
Graduates find work as chemical technologists, laboratory technologists, research technologists, physical sciences technologists, technical sales and service specialists, and technical assistants.
Opportunities for employment exist in petroleum and natural gas processing, petrochemicals, metallurgical refining, food and beverage processing, agriculture, environmental consulting and government departments of agriculture, forestry and education.
Chemical laboratory technologists have good colour vision, high attention to detail, a passion for science (particularly chemistry) and mathematics, and exceptional analytical skills.
Students with strong communication skills, a good work ethic, attention to detail, good analytical skills, good colour vision, higher grades and recent upgrading in Pure Math 30 and Chemistry 30 generally experience greater success in this program.