Campus
Duration
6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program and course delivery

This program is offered in Seneca's hybrid delivery format. Some coursework is online and some must be completed in person. Students will need to come on campus to complete in-person learning requirements.

About the Program

In this three-year advanced diploma program, you will be training for an exciting career as an engineering technologist with specializations in chemical/process engineering, chemical analysis and materials science. This program will provide you with hands-on experience and a solid background in basic biology, chemistry and mathematics. In subsequent semesters, you will gain further expertise in process engineering; instrumental analysis for chemicals and materials; process and unit design; environment, health and safety (EH&S); and special topics including energy, sustainability and biological engineering.

As a student in this program, you may be eligible to participate in a semester exchange opportunity with Business Academy Aarhus in Denmark.

Your academic progress will be monitored during the first two semesters. As the number of seats in the third semester is limited, if you do not maintain a semester GPA of at least 2.5 during the first year and subsequent semester, you will be transferred to an alternate program within the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry. 

Common First Semester

The following programs have the first two semesters in common, allowing you to transfer between programs before the second year: Biotechnology - AdvancedChemical Laboratory Technician and Chemical Laboratory Technology - Pharmaceutical.

Skills

Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • design, operate and maintain chemical engineering processes and equipment
  • develop, perform and validate analytical methods using a variety of techniques and instrumentation
  • select or synthesize and utilize chemicals and materials for research and design
  • document and communicate technical findings clearly, ethically and effectively

Work Experience

Optional Work Term

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment. The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

Work-Integrated Learning Model Starting September
Year September January May
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Break
Year 2 Semester 3 Work Term Semester 4
Year 3 & 4 Completion of Semester 5 (Winter) and Semester 6 (Fall), as well as completion of 2 Work Terms (various pathways dependent on work term length).
Work-Integrated Learning Model Starting January
Year September January May
Year 1   Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 3 Work Term Semester 4
Year 3 & 4 Completion of Semester 5 (Winter) and Semester 6 (Fall), as well as completion of 2 Work Terms (various pathways dependent on work term length).

Your Career

Graduates of the program can explore the following career options:

  • plant operator (manufacturing, mining, fine chemicals, energy)
  • environmental and water/wastewater technologist
  • chemical/materials analyst
  • quality assurance and control technician
  • research and product development technologist

Affiliations/Associations

  • Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)
  • Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) through the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT)
  • Canadian Association of Surface Finishers (CASF)
  • National Engineering Month
  • Aarhus Business Academy