About the Program
Chemical Engineering Technology is a two-year diploma program that prepares the graduate for employment in the hydrocarbon and chemical processing industry (downstream petroleum industry). The program deals with the processing of oil, natural gas and bitumen into final products such as motor gasoline, diesel or jet fuel, propane, butane, utility gas and others. The program includes the study of the production of secondary petrochemicals such as ethylene, vinyl chloride, methanol and others.
Faculty and students in the School of Sustainable Building and Environmental Management are actively involved in applied research projects, working with industry partners to solve real business challenges.
The NAIT Ledcor Group Applied Research Chair in Oil Sands Environmental Sustainability is part of NAIT’s Green Chemistry and Engineering (GCE) Partnership. Under the chair's leadership, NAIT's technical staff is fully focused on developing breakthrough solutions that demonstrate environmental responsibility, cost-effective oil sands development, and cleaner energy production. Learn more about the Ledcor Chair.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085
Health & Dental: $132
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $1850
Semester 2: $2050
Semester 3: $1450
Semester 4: $650
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
- Grade12 English
- Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1 or 80% in Math 30-2
- One of: Physics 30 or Chemistry 30
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Applicants who have successfully completed other post-secondary courses may be eligible for advanced standing in Chemical Engineering Technology courses. Applicants wishing to investigate this option must present the following:
- mark transcripts of the previous related training
- course outlines or adequate description of the courses
Between the second and fourth Terms, students are required to complete either a two week or a 4 month summer / co-op field placement term in field/plant operations, laboratories or offices.
- Length: 2 weeks (80 hours) or 4 month summer / co-op (subject to available placements)
- Salary: none or paid summer / co-op placements
- Dates: May to August
- Relocation: Relocation is possible if there aren’t enough industry participants locally. Student circumstances are taken under consideration when assigning work term placement.
Accreditation & Industry Certification
This is a nationally accredited program leading to certification of the graduate as a technologist by the constituent associations of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists. In Alberta, the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta.
Scholarships & Bursaries
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.