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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.

4D Learning Opportunities

Chemical engineering conference – Students organize a conference each year with industry professionals to discuss jobs opportunities and trends in the industry, which also serves as a great networking opportunity.

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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

Semester 1 - Fall 2016
Semester 2 - Winter 2017
Semester 3 - Fall 2017
Semester 4 - Winter 2018
Semester 5 - Spring 2018
Semester 6 - Fall 2018
Semester 7 - Winter 2019

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
CHM 1100General Chemistry I 4
CHM 1101General chemistry I 2
ENG 1002College Communication 3
CHM 1109Mineral Processing 4
MTH 1050Algebra I 3
PHY 1112Physical Principles 4
The following General Education course:  3
Client Comm. Leadership Develop 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 2
CHM 1201General Chemistry II Lab 2
CHM 1211General Chemistry II 4
ENG 1754Technical Communication II 3
INT 3101Instrumentation I for Chemists 3
MTH 1250Algebra II 3
PHY 1271Physical Aspects of Chemistry 4
 Term Credits: 19
Semester 3
CHM 2320Analytical Chemistry 5
CHM 2335Organic Chemistry I 6
CHM 2435Chemical Instrumentation I 4
EPT 2407Field Sampling Camp 1
INT 2310Instrumentation II for Chemists 3
MTH 2400Calculus I 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Health Wellness 3
Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health Addictions 3
Positive Psychology 3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 25
Semester 4
CHM 2421Analytical Chemistry II 5
CHM 2432Unit Operations Calculations I 3
CHM 2445Smelting and Refining 4
CHM 2455O.s.h.a. 1
CHM 3601Chemical Instrumentation II 4
INT 3201Instrumentation Practices for Chem 3
MTH 3631Calculus II 3
TEC 3501Technical Report Research 1
 Term Credits: 24
Semester 5
CHM 2500Co-op Work Placement and Report 12
 Term Credits: 12
Semester 6
PHY 1272Fluid Mechanics 4
CHM 3635Industrial Organic Chemistry 5
CHM 3653Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHM 3672Unit Operations Calculations II 5
MTH 2325Technical Math III 3
TEC 3601Technical Report 1
WTR 2300Water Treatment 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Economics 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 27
Semester 7
CHM 3700Co-op Work Placement and Report II 12
 Term Credits: 12
 Total Credits: 142

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $3,655.48. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $13,614.00 for two semesters of study. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Books & Supplies

The estimated cost of books and supplies for 2015-2016 is approximately $1,000 for first year. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employments 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

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and receive credit for their 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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