About the Program
As a graduate of the Chemical Technology program, you will typically work in a lab environment. You will be prepared to make professional contributions to the petroleum, environmental, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, pulp & paper, mining, metallurgical, research & development, food, agricultural or forensic sectors. Graduates safely operate analytical instrumentation and process equipment essential to their employers. You will work in a technically challenging, dynamic and team based environment demonstrating your critical thinking and problem solving skills, mechanical aptitude and your ability to multitask. This expertise is attractive to employers worldwide.
Chemical Technology Students and New Grads Comment on the Program
"I am very confident that what I am learning will help me in the workforce, and the fact companies come saying they are interested in us specifically builds confidence for post-graduation job hunting. I have never been more confident about my future."
"The most enjoyable thing about the lectures is how engaging the instructors are. They are genuinely interested in seeing you participate and they welcome positive contributions to the learning process"
"Labs are really fun because you get to see and use all the instruments that you've never used before. And it's fun to learn something new every single week because you always have different experiments every week."
"The best part about labs was putting all the pieces together. Lecture explained why things are done and in the lab we got to see them happen first hand."
"The field trips gave me valuable insight regarding the employment possibilities open to me as a Chem. Tech. graduate."
"The balance between laboratory work and lecture material was excellent and the two branches of learning were very helpful for developing the skills required to succeed as a chemical technologist."
Chemical Technology Students and New Grads Comment on Their Instructors
"Instructors were very knowledgeable and more than willing to share their work experiences in the chemical field with students"
"Instructors welcomed students to visit them in their offices after classes if any assistance was needed regarding lecture material or laboratory questions."
"The best thing about extracurricular activities in the program was going against the instructors and bonding with your teammates."
Chemical Technology Students and New Grads Comment on the Keys to Being Successful in the Program
"Try to perfect every technique in the lab"
"Fellow students and instructors were always willing to assist in my learning and led me in the right direction to successfully complete my studies."
"Keep thinking, use time efficiently and be helpful as much as possible"
"Do homework! It's helpful. Practice, practice, practice, until you understand it."
Faculty and students in the Chemical Technology program are actively involved in applied research projects, working with industry partners to solve real business challenges.
- Chemical Technology students have taken summer, coop and graduate jobs working with the team of scientists at NAIT's Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability.
- A Chemical Technology graduate is currently working at NAIT for the Applied Bio/Nanotechnology Industrial Research Chair on his applied research projects.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $1,100
Semester 2: $850
Semester 3: $1,000
Semester 4: $1,000
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.
60% in each of:
- Grade 12 English
- Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1 or 30-2 or Applied Math 30
- Chemistry 30
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Participation in work experience is optional. Several work experience opportunities are generally available each year for Chemical Technology students who have successfully completed 2 or 3 semesters of full-time study. The number of work experience positions available each term is determined by the participating employers.
- Length: 500 hours
- Relocation: Relocation may or may not be required.
Accreditation & Industry Certification
In addition to receiving your diploma, this nationally accredited program leads to certification of the graduate as a technologist by the constituent associations of The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.
Scholarships & Bursaries
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.