Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

In this two-year diploma program, you will be training for an exciting career as a chemical technician gaining hands-on experience needed to perform your duties with the precision required in a broad range of industries.  With our campus located in Sudbury, Ontario, the mining capital of Canada, our program has a unique focus that will build your knowledge and skills in analytical, inorganic and organic chemistry, and laboratory techniques.

You will learn industry-standard lab practices through group work and independent studies, including sampling, analysis, proper use of instruments, quality assurance/quality control, and health and safety.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years - 4 semesters
  • We are the only lab and process control program in the province that focuses on the mineral processing and water/wastewater areas of study
  • Quality control practices embedded throughout the program

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How to Apply

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) 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)


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

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2023
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2024
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2024
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2025

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

Program of Study for 2023-24 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



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 average cost of textbooks is approximately $1000 per year. Personal protective equipment: Lab coat, safety glasses and safety boot, could cost around $150.  WHMIS, First Aid and CPR training will have additional fees. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

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
  • Water and Wastewater Analyst/Operator
  • Quality Control Technician

Furthering Your Studies

Graduates of Cambrian's CHLN program may apply to enter directly into Semester 5 of Chemical Engineering Technology - Lab and Process Control (CHLP) program.  This is a competitive process.

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.