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Chemical Engineering Technology

Open for Fall 2022

Length: 2 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Prepare for a career as a chemical or process engineering technologist, environmental technician or process designer with training in all aspects of chemical engineering technology, from environmental engineering to industry safety.

Your formula for success starts here. In the Chemical Engineering Technology program, you’ll study engineering design calculations, chemical process unit operations, process simulation and control, safety and environmental engineering. 

In this program, you’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of unit operation, process control and equipment design while you learn to operate, troubleshoot, maintain, and design safe processing units and plants. In addition, our industry-trained instructors will teach you design calculations, process simulation and control, industry safety and environmental engineering. You will also learn to work with engineering software that will give you an edge to jump-start your career.

Is this the right fit for me?

An interest in science and mathematics is an asset. Specific interests in physics and chemistry are desirable.


The program is nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). Periodical registration agreements exist with U.S. and British societies.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in engineering design, computer-based process simulation, technical sales, field operations and environmental work. Potential positions include: 

  • engineering design assistant 
  • production operator 
  • chemical engineering technologist 
  • technical sales 
  • environmental field technician 
  • production technologist 

Related careers include: 

  • instrumentation and control technician 
  • non-destructive testing technician 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,434
Year 2: $6,191
Year 1 (International): $19,744
Year 2 (International): $19,702

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for fall 2022 open Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021  April 29, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 April 28, 2023

How to apply

Nationally accredited education

Our Chemical Engineering Technology program has been evaluated and is accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada — a national accrediting body for the engineering technology and applied science profession. This process represents excellence in education and the high standards of the industry awaiting our graduates.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Fall 2022 start: applications are open Oct. 6, 2021.

Admission requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or at least 75% in Math 30-2
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 75% in English Language Arts 30-2
  • At least 60% in Chemistry 30
  • At least 60% in Physics 20

All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Chemical Engineering Technology and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 


Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
CHEM-224 Engineering Chemistry I 1.5
COMM-256 Professional Communications and Presentation Skills 3.0
COMP-220 Computer Fundamentals 3.0
INRY-200 Introduction to Chemical Engineering 1.5
MATH-238 Math for Engineering & Tech I 3.0
THRM-235 Thermodynamics 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

 Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
INST-256 Instrumentation and Process Control 3.0
ENGD-275 Flow Diagram Development & Auto CADD 1.5
FLDS-255 Industrial Fluid Systems 3.0
MATH-288 Math for Engineering & Tech II 3.0
CHEM-264 Engineering Chemistry II 3.0
STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering & Tech I 3.0
Semester 2 Total 16.5
First Year Total 31.5

Second year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
CHEN-308 Chemical Engineering Calculations 3.0
CHEN-309 Process Computer Simulation Lab 1.5
CHEN-312 Unit Operations Laboratory 1.5
CHEN-313 Heat Transfer 3.0
CHEN-314 Mass Transfer 3.0
PROJ-327 Technical Project Management 3.0
Semester 3 Total 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
CHEN-350 Analytical Instrumentation 3.0
EMTL-350 Materials 1.5
ENVS-365 Environmental Engineering & Management 3.0
OCHS-350 Occupational Health & Safety 3.0
PETR-310 Petroleum Production 1.5
PROJ-396 Energy Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 61.5


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • Lakehead University
  • NAIT
  • Royal Roads University
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of Calgary

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $5,101 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,434
2 $4,858 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,192

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*  

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $18,411 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $19,744
2 $18,762 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $19,702

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies cost approximately $1,800 in the first year and $900 in the second year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021


Your program orientation will take place Sept. 2 on campus. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about your orientation.

We are expecting to meet you at student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes that begin on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enroll in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

You'll require a scientific calculator capable of performing linear regression.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

You'll need a lab coat and CSA-approved safety glasses (with uvex and side shields) to enter the chemistry labs.

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through  Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


Phone: 403.284.8543
Email: MacPhail.students@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

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