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

  • 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 

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 1162 Chemistry I 3
CHM 1163 Chemistry I Lab 1 3
CHM 1160 Occupational Health and Safety 3
QUA 1002 Quality Assurance and Quality Control 3
MTH 1050 Algebra I 3
CHM 1161 Introduction to Sampling Techniques 3
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
Semester 2
CHM 1280 Physical Chemistry 3
CHM 1281 Physical Chemistry Lab 3
CHM 1282 Chemistry II 3
CHM 1283 Chemistry II Lab 1 3
ENG 1754 Technical Communication 3
MTH 1250 Algebra II 3
CHM 1284 QA QC Data Analysis 3
One General Education Course. 2 3
Semester 3
WTR 2300 Water Treatment 1 3
CHM 1300 Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHM 1301 Analytical Chemistry I Lab 3
CHM 1302 Instrumental Analysis I 3
CHM 1303 Instrumental Analysis I Lab 3
CHM 1109 Mineral Processing 1 4
One General Education Course. 2 3
Semester 4
CHM 1420 Organic Chemistry 3
CHM 1421 Organic Chemistry Lab 1 3
CHM 1422 Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHM 1423 Analytical Chemistry II Lab 1 3
CHM 1424 Instrumental Analysis II 3
CHM 1425 Instrumental Analysis II Lab 1 3
CHM 1426 Pyrochemistry 4
One General Education Course. 2 3
 Total Credits92

Course with Lab Component


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)

Additional admission requirements


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

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

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.

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

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.