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Chemical Engineering Technician

CHLNSchool of Engineering Technology

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

January 2025

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Diploma

Program Duration

4 Semesters

Program Contacts

Hadi Fergani

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.7478
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Program Overview

Combine your interest in science and technology with the art of researching, developing, producing, and testing chemical products and processes

Train for a compelling career as a chemical technician, assisting chemists and chemical engineers at manufacturing facilities and labs in developing and testing chemical products for impurities, environmental impact, quality assurance, and regulatory adherence.

From general and organic chemistry to lab equipment use, you’ll gain the hands-on experience needed to conduct experiments and maintain quality standards in a broad range of industries. Our campus in Sudbury, Ontario, provides a rich opportunity to learn in the mining capital of Canada. We’re the only lab and process control program in the province that includes a focus on mineral processing and wastewater.

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • Industry-standard practices gained through group work and independent studies
  • Unique program in Ontario that focuses on mineral processing, pyrometallurgy, and water/wastewater
  • Quality control practices embedded throughout the program
  • Option for grads to enter directly into semester 5 of Cambrian’s Chemical Engineering Technology – Lab and Process Control program and earn an advanced diploma in just 1 year


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

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Additional admission requirements


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

Academic Upgrading

Are you missing admission requirements? Strengthen your academic skills for free at your own pace through Academic Upgrading!

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year

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.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
CHM 1162Chemistry I3
CHM 1163Chemistry I Lab 13
CHM 1160Occupational Health and Safety3
QUA 1002Quality Assurance and Quality Control3
MTH 1050Algebra I3
CHM 1161Introduction to Sampling Techniques3
ENG 1002College Communications3
Semester 2
CHM 1280Physical Chemistry3
CHM 1281Physical Chemistry Lab3
CHM 1282Chemistry II3
CHM 1283Chemistry II Lab 13
ENG 1754Technical Communication3
MTH 1250Algebra II3
CHM 1284QA QC Data Analysis3
One General Education Course. 23
Semester 3
WTR 2300Water Treatment 13
CHM 1300Analytical Chemistry I3
CHM 1301Analytical Chemistry I Lab3
CHM 1302Instrumental Analysis I3
CHM 1303Instrumental Analysis I Lab3
CHM 1109Mineral Processing 14
One General Education Course. 23
Semester 4
CHM 1420Organic Chemistry3
CHM 1421Organic Chemistry Lab 13
CHM 1422Analytical Chemistry II3
CHM 1423Analytical Chemistry II Lab 13
CHM 1424Instrumental Analysis II3
CHM 1425Instrumental Analysis II Lab 13
CHM 1426Pyrochemistry4
One General Education Course. 23
Total Credits92
Course with Lab Component
2 For more information regarding General Education courses, click here


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$3,996.30Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$17,608.33Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

College may be more affordable than you think!

Have you said, “school can wait another year”? Don’t sacrifice your future any longer – you can do it!

Whether it’s fear, financial reasons, or something else that is impacting your decision to start school, we’re here to listen to you and help in any way we can!

Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Engineering Technology

Imagine a career in a cutting-edge laboratory or inside a mine 5,000 feet below the ground or on-site constructing a skyscraper. At Cambrian, learning isn’t confined to textbooks. From chemical and civil engineering to mechatronics, mechanical, and more, at our School of Engineering Technology, you’ll gain the skills you need to bring a wide range of engineering theories to life.

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Specific program pathways

Furthering your studies

Cambrian’s CHLN program graduates may apply to enter directly into semester 5 of the Chemical Engineering Technology – Lab and Process Control (CHLP) program.  This is a competitive process.

College or university degree opportunities

If you are a graduate from this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information.

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities with research and development and quality control laboratories, consulting engineering companies, in chemical,
petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and a variety of other manufacturing and processing industries, health, educational, and government establishments as:

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Process Technology Technicians
  • Water and Wastewater Analyst/Operator
  • Quality Control Technician
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Need a career coach?

Explore how this program can lead to a great career! Cambrian’s Career Coach platform is a user-friendly, online tool that provides up-to-date and comprehensive labour market data to help you explore career options, salary expectations for the Greater Sudbury region, and more!

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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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