What to Expect
The chemical engineering technologist acquires knowledge and skills in process design and operations, including:
- performing design calculations involving common processing units such as distillation, absorption, refrigeration, heat exchange, and separation equipment using both computer-aided engineering and hand calculations
- performing material and energy balances for reactive and non-reactive systems
- calculating power requirements for pumps and compressors
- performing design calculations for pipeline and piping systems for size, wall thickness, capacity and heat loss
- drawing process flow diagrams and mechanical flow diagrams, either by hand or using computer-aided drafting systems
- performing sizing calculations for control and relief valves
- starting up, running to specification and shutting down process equipment including distillation columns, sweetening units, heat exchangers, pumps and compressors
- troubleshooting common process equipment such as pumps, separation equipment and heat exchangers
- employing ASTM laboratory quality control tests and pollution analysis for process applications
- following corrosion inspection testing and corrosion protection programs
- operating hazardous-gas detection equipment and portable gas analyzers
- calibrating different types of process variable measurement equipment, including online analyzers
- using various distributed process control systems
During the fourth sememster, students are required to take part in:
- a one-week course at the Enform Nisku Training Centre, for hands-on learning in gas/oil production and gas processing
- a two-week work experience term, during which they should expect to work 40 hours per week or more
Course delivery is based on the lecture/lab model, supported by field trips and guest lectures.
- in classroom lectures - 40-45 students
- in lab sessions - 20-25 students
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend on average
- 30 hours per week attending lectures or labs over the course of a semester
- 10-20 hours per week studing and completing class assignments outside of scheduled class time
Our facilities include computer and technology-based labs, field labs, drafting studios and a number of centres including NAIT’s Centre for Chemical Studies. These provide our students with practical, job-ready experience using a variety of modern laboratory and field instruments, simulation and computer applications, along with work experience, field trips, applied research and other opportunities. A large number of classes are taught in the Engineering Technologies Annex (Building L on the campus map). Specialized labs in other Main Campus buildings are also used.
Is This Program For You?
An interest in and aptitude for applied sciences, especially chemistry and physics, is a definite asset to anyone considering this program. All applicants are encouraged to obtain a high-school diploma, as some employers may require it.
Learners and their personal and professional success are extremely important to us. Our dedicated group of expert faculty and staff are second to none and we strive to provide the best learning environment possible by maintaining a high level of teaching and programming excellence. Many of our faculty are also actively engaged in applied research activities with industry which informs their teaching and enhances the educational environment for our learners.
Skills you will acquire
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Apply health and safety environmental practices.
- Operate and troubleshoot process systems.
- Specify and size chemical engineering process equipment.
- Specify and size piping systems.
- Interpret and adjust instrumentation and control systems.
- Communicate effectively using written and oral skills and/or software applications.
- Model professionalism in industry environments.
Women in Technology and Trades
The Chemical Engineering Technology program is supported by Women in Technology and Trades (WITT), an offering of NAIT Student Engagement. The goal of WITT is to ensure that all female students are aware of and prepared for the career opportunities that are available to them in diverse technical fields. Throughout the year, WITT provides networking events, lunch and learns, mentorship opportunities and support services that are available to women in technology and trades programs at NAIT.