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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 7 semesters | Barrydowne

Imagine a career working in a laboratory environment extracting valuable metals from raw materials, working on environmental sustainability, developing new and improved fuels, or developing the next generation of medications. 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

Some employers require the students to provide proof of the completion of the WHMIS course and the First Aid/CPR certification prior to starting their first co-op placement. These courses are available through NORCAT and Continuing Education at Cambrian College.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2020
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2020
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2021
  5. SEMESTER 5 Spring 2021
  6. SEMESTER 6 Fall 2021
  7. SEMESTER 7 Winter 2022

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.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
CHM 1100 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 1101 General chemistry I 1 2
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
MTH 1050 Algebra I 3
PHY 1112 Physical Principles 1 4
CHM 2455 O.H.S.A 1
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 2
CHM 1201 General Chemistry II Lab 1 2
CHM 1211 General Chemistry II 1 4
ENG 1754 Technical Communication 3
INT 3101 Instrumentation I for Chemists 1 3
MTH 1250 Algebra II 3
PHY 1271 Physical Aspects of Chemistry 1 4
CHM 1109 Mineral Processing 1 4
Semester 3
CHM 2320 Analytical Chemistry 1 5
CHM 2435 Chemical Instrumentation I 1 4
INT 2310 Instrumentation II 1 3
EPT 2408 1 1
MTH 2400 Calculus I 3
CHM 2445 Smelting and Refining 1 4
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 4
CHM 1008 Unit Operations & Calculations I 1 4
CHM 2421 Analytical Chemistry II 1 5
CHM 3601 Chemical Instrumentation II 1 4
INT 3201 Instrumentation Practices for Chem 1 3
TEC 3501 Technical Report Research 1
MTH 2325 Technical Math III 3
CHM 2335 Organic Chemistry I 1 6
Semester 5
CHM 2500 Co-op Work Placement and Report 12
Semester 6
CHM 1009 Unit Operations & Calculations II 1 4
CHM 3635 Industrial Organic Chemistry 1 5
CHM 3653 Inorganic Chemistry 1 3
PHY 1272 Fluid Mechanics 1 4
TEC 3601 Technical Report 1 1
WTR 2300 Water Treatment 3
MTH 3631 Calculus II 3
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 7
CHM 3700 Co-op Work Placement and Report II 12
 Total Credits142

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties and are unable to update new course information and descriptions at this time.  Current students can view updated Course Outlines via their student portal on myCambrian.  New and prospective students are encouraged to contact the Enrolment Centre ( for inquiries.  


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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