School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Chemical Engineering Technology

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Chemical Engineering Technology focuses on the technology, equipment and process used to convert raw material into consumer products. From processing tomatoes into ketchup to transforming natural gas into plastic students learn how to design, operate and troubleshoot the processing plants that create these products. Western Canada's energy and petrochemical industry provides lucrative and sustainable careers for program graduates.

This nationally accredited program also opens doors to further education should you desire to continue your professional development.

Sep 01, 2023

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Not Available

This program does not currently have any courses available for Open Studies.

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

Grad Employment Rate

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Median Starting Salary

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Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Chemical Engineering Technology is a 2-year diploma program that consists of four 15-week semesters. 

In year one, you'll develop foundational knowledge and skills around oil and gas processing techniques, safety and computer applications. You'll also brush up and grow your math, physics, statistics and calculus abilities. 

In the second year of the program you'll complete a 5-day training program at the world-class Energy Safety Canada Oil and Gas Production facilities in Nisku. You'll develop a real-world understanding of process theory while optimizing and troubleshooting working process equipment. 

Throughout the program you can expect to learn to:

  • Apply health and safety environmental practices
  • Operate and troubleshoot 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

Field placement

Between years 1 and 2, you'll be assigned to a 3-week industry placement with a refinery, government agency or exploration and production (E&P), pipeline or oilfield service company. 

Enter the workforce with confidence

Graduates are in high demand with a wide range of employers in the following areas:

  • Oil and gas production and refining
  • Pipeline operations
  • Petrochemical and chemical production operations
  • Oil field service and supply
  • Chemical sales
  • Equipment design and fabrication

Learn more about Chemical Engineering Technologist employment opportunities at alis.alberta.ca

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Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology. 

While enrolled in the program, you'll be eligible for student membership in the following professional associations:

After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible for professional accreditation. 

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology (BTech). Diploma grads can earn a BTech degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available. 

Learn more about NAIT's BTech program

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).   Find out more

Courses and Advanced Credit

Current and recently admitted students can find information and updates about their program on their My Program page in the MyNAIT Portal. To monitor your course progress and the courses still needed to graduate, visit your Academic Progress Report.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section, your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Please see below for the list of courses that available for PLAR credits in this program. Please click on the specific course for more information on the evidence that is required for each course.

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

Admission Requirements

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