Chemical Laboratory Technology

Chemical Laboratory Technology

Applications for Fall 2015 are accepted Oct. 15, 2014 to March 1, 2015

Program Description

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.

Your Career

Graduates find work as chemical technologists, laboratory technologists, research technologists, technical sales and service specialists and technical assistants in the chemical industry. Opportunities 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.

Student Success

Students are expected to learn about the program (open house, student for a day, program information session) and the occupation (industrial labs, service labs) prior to their application to the program.

The Chemical Laboratory Technology program (CLT) requires an interest and aptitude for laboratory work, chemistry, math, and instrumentation. The courses designed in the Chemical Laboratory Technology program consist of theory and laboratory components.  The theory component introduces the students to courses in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, industrial chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, chemical unit operations. The laboratory section emphasizes the acquisition of basic laboratory techniques, analytical chemistry techniques, and instrumentation techniques. The students experience hands-on-training in the operation of sophisticated analytical instrumentation and computer applications.

Contact time with instructors in lectures and labs is thirty hours per week. The student is expected to spend about an additional twenty five hours per week on lab reports, assignments, studying and projects. Students who experience success in this program have an aptitude for lab work, good work ethics, ability to follow verbal and written instructions, perform analysis with accuracy and precision, ability to learn in a team environment, possess excellent communication skills (oral and written) and interpersonal skills, attention to detail and scientific honesty.  

If you are interested in applying to this program, please consider the following:

  • Can you handle a rigorous academic program that requires commitment?
  • Do you enjoy working in a team environment?
  • Are you a good communicator (both verbally and written)?
  • Are you a self-starter who likes to critically think through problems and challenges?
  • Are you adaptable?