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Chemical Engineering Technology

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

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

Program Highlights

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.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,860
Year 2: $5,639
Year 1 (International): $18,964
Year 2 (International) : $18,129

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

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This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.  

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 

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.

Program Details

Program description

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. Upon graduation, you may find yourself working as a chemical technologist, an environmental technician, a process engineering technologist or a process designer.

Your career

Graduates find work as engineering design assistants, production operators, technologists, technical sales, environmental field technicians and production technologists. Career opportunities exist in engineering design, computer-based process simulation, technical sales, field operations and environmental work.

Student success

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

Credentials and accreditation

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


This program has national accreditation under the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board. Graduates are eligible for registration in the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists.

The program is also accredited by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists. Periodical registration agreements exist with U.S. and British societies.

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.


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Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019

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

View additional Chemical Engineering Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

First year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
CHEM-224 Engineering Chemistry I 1.5
COMM-256 Professional Communication 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 & 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.


Domestic tuition and fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $4,638 $682 $288 $235 $5,860
2 $4,417 $682 $288 $235 $5,639

International tuition and fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $17,534 $682 $288 $460 $18,964
2 $16,699 $682 $288 $460 $18,129

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure.


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $460
  • 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.

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.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Fall 2020

Orientation date

Friday, Aug. 30


This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. 

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol 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, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices, MATH 123: Mathematics Refresher and SAFE 160: Safety Orientation.  

Required textbooks

The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.


Phone: 403.284.8543
Email: mse.student@sait.ca

Academic chair

Mitch McNeil, Academic Chair
Email:  mitch.mcneil@sait.ca

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