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Chemical Engineering Technology

CHLPSchool 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 Advanced Diploma

Program Duration

7 Semesters

Program Contacts

Hadi Fergani

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.7478
International Admissions
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Program Overview

Hone your engineering and chemistry skills to design better chemical products. 

Learn to extract valuable metals from rock, develop new and improved fuels, create the next generation of pharmaceuticals, or operate chemical processes in nuclear plants by training as a chemical technologist in the mining capital of Canada. 

You’ll build your knowledge and skills in the only lab and process control program in the province that focuses on mineral processing and pyrometallurgy methodologies used in the mining industry, as well as water and wastewater treatment methods and regulations. You’ll complete two paid co-op work terms that give you real-world, résumé-building experience. Grads are prepared to work in mineral processing, geochemistry, nuclear, petroleum, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, oil and gas, and food and beverage industries. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • 2 paid co-ops 
  • Common first and second year with Cambrian’s Chemical Engineering Technician program 
  • Grads are eligible to join the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists (OACETT) and the Canadian Technical Employment Network (CTEN) 
  • Unique program in Ontario that focuses on mineral processing, pyrometallurgy, and water/wastewater 


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)

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
SEMESTER 5:  Spring 2026
SEMESTER 6:  Fall 2026
SEMESTER 7:  Winter 2027

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026
SEMESTER 5:  Spring 2026
SEMESTER 6:  Fall 2026
SEMESTER 7:  Winter 2027

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
MTH 1050Algebra I3
QUA 1002Quality Assurance and Quality Control3
CHM 1160Occupational Health and Safety3
CHM 1161Introduction to Sampling Techniques3
CHM 1162Chemistry I3
CHM 1163Chemistry I Lab3
ENG 1002College Communications3
Semester 2
MTH 1250Algebra II3
CHM 1280Physical Chemistry3
CHM 1281Physical Chemistry Lab3
CHM 1282Chemistry II3
CHM 1283Chemistry II Lab3
CHM 1284QA QC Data Analysis3
ENG 1754Technical Communication3
One General Education Course 23
Semester 3
CHM 1109Mineral Processing 14
CHM 1300Analytical Chemistry I3
CHM 1301Analytical Chemistry I Lab3
CHM 1302Instrumental Analysis I3
CHM 1303Instrumental Analysis I Lab3
WTR 2300Water Treatment 13
One General Education Course. 23
Semester 4
CHM 1420Organic Chemistry3
CHM 1421Organic Chemistry Lab3
CHM 1422Analytical Chemistry II3
CHM 1423Analytical Chemistry II Lab3
CHM 1424Instrumental Analysis II3
CHM 1425Instrumental Analysis II Lab3
CHM 1426Pyrochemistry4
One General Education Course 23
Semester 5
CHM 2500Co-op Work Placement and Report12
Semester 6
CHM 3653Inorganic Chemistry 13
CHM 1600Unit Operations and Calculations4
CHM 1601Industrial Organic Chemistry3
CHM 1602Industrial Organic Chemistry Lab3
TEC 3603Capstone Project3
INT 1500Lab and Process Automation4
MTH 2332Applied Calculus3
One General Education Course. 23
Semester 7
CHM 3700Co-op Work Placement and Report II12
 Total Credits142

 Course with Lab Component


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

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of 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 as:

  • Lab Technologist in Mineral Processing, Geochemistry, Nuclear, Petroleum, Pharmaceutical and Food Industries
  • Water and Wastewater Analyst/Operator
  • Researcher
  • Chemical Process Control Operator
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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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