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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 7 semesters | Barrydowne

Imagine a career working in a laboratory environment developing the next generation of medications, developing new and improved fuels, extracting valuable metals from raw materials, or working on environmental sustainability. Chemical engineering is a broad field that delves into all of these areas and more.

Cambrian's Chemical Engineering Technology program is the only one of its kind in Ontario and is designed to develop the skill sets you will need to work in any of these exciting fields. It couples fundamental theory with the necessary hands-on, practical laboratory training required for employment in various chemical industries and environmental sectors. You will work independently and in groups to build the self-directed study and team work skills you will need within various workplace settings.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 7 semesters
  • 2 paid co-ops
  • The only lab and process control program in Ontario
  • Quality control practices embedded throughout the program
  • Master report writing techniques that meet the standards set by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists


You are required to complete two co-operative work terms upon meeting the course pre-requisites. You may complete the two work placements during any of the non-academic semesters prior to graduation. These work terms provide you with the opportunity to apply classroom studies to an actual work situation.

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Engineering Technology

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


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

Additional Information

Students are responsible for the completion of the WHMIS course and a safety orientation course prior to going out on their first co-op placement. These courses are available through NORCAT. The students are also responsible for obtaining First Aid/CPR certification prior to the first co-op placement. This course is available through Continuing Education at Cambrian College. Proof of the completion of these courses must be presented to the Program Coordinator.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020
  5. SEMESTER 5 Spring 2020
  6. SEMESTER 6 Fall 2020
  7. SEMESTER 7 Winter 2021

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule which posted on our website.

Program of Study

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.

Semester 1Credits
CHM 1100General Chemistry I 4
CHM 1101General chemistry I 12
ENG 1002College Communications 3
MTH 1050Algebra I 3
PHY 1112Physical Principles 14
CHM 2455O.S.H.A 1
The following General Education course:  3
Client Comm. Leadership Develop 3
 Term Credits: 20
Semester 2
CHM 1201General Chemistry II Lab 12
CHM 1211General Chemistry II 14
ENG 1754Technical Communication 3
INT 3101Instrumentation I for Chemists 13
MTH 1250Algebra II 3
PHY 1271Physical Aspects of Chemistry 14
CHM 1109Mineral Processing 14
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 3
CHM 2320Analytical Chemistry 15
CHM 2435Chemical Instrumentation I 14
EPT 2407Field Sampling Camp 11
INT 2310Instrumentation II 13
MTH 2400Calculus I 3
CHM 2445Smelting and Refining 14
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Health Wellness 3
Fungus Among Us 3
Positive Psychology 3
Psychology of Evil 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 4
CHM 1008Unit Operations Calculations I 14
CHM 2421Analytical Chemistry II 15
CHM 3601Chemical Instrumentation II 14
INT 3201Instrumentation Practices for Chem 13
TEC 3501Technical Report Research 1
MTH 2325Technical Math III 3
CHM 2335Organic Chemistry I 16
 Term Credits: 26
Semester 5
CHM 2500Co-op Work Placement and Report 12
 Term Credits: 12
Semester 6
CHM 1009Unit Operations Calculations II 14
CHM 3635Industrial Organic Chemistry 15
CHM 3653Inorganic Chemistry 13
PHY 1272Fluid Mechanics 14
TEC 3601Technical Report 11
WTR 2300Water Treatment 3
MTH 3631Calculus II 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Economics 3
Fungus Among Us 3
Health Wellness 3
 Term Credits: 26
Semester 7
CHM 3700Co-op Work Placement and Report II 12
 Term Credits: 12
 Total Credits: 142


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 & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,000. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment as:

  • Chemical technologists/technicians in mineral processing, petrochemicals, nuclear energy, food processing and testing, water treatment, pharmaceuticals, composite materials, and/or environmental conservation and control
  • Water and wastewater operators
  • Water quality analysts

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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