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School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Chemical Technology

Sep 08, 2020
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  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
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Delivery Options

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

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 and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), 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)

Students in the program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the Applied Financial Services field, and you can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge to meet learning outcomes for courses within the program, you may be able to challenge courses through PLAR.

For all course challenges, you must first apply to the program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for up to 50% of any NAIT credit program.

To learn more and to begin the process, read through the following

  1. Fact Sheet - Chemical Technology (pdf)
  2. Candidate Guide - Chemical Technology (pdf)
  3. Applicaton Form (pdf)
  4. Payment Form (pdf)

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Learn to work with chemicals across a wide variety of industries

NAIT's nationally accredited Chemical Technology program will prepare you for work as a chemical technologist in industrial, government and commercial laboratories.

The program emphasizes the application of standard and specialized laboratory techniques across scientific disciplines. Training is lab-focused; you'll gain practical, job-ready experience using a variety of modern laboratory instruments and computer applications in NAIT's advanced Centre for Chemical Studies.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

In Chemical Technology, you'll learn to work independently and in teams to  design experiments and solve unique problems. You'll also use computers and software for data acquisition, analysis, literature searches and to prepare oral and written reports.

Throughout the program, you'll perform audits to identify safety hazards, and apply WHMIS principles to the storage, handling, preparation and disposal of hazardous materials.

First-year chemistry courses include chemical safety, laboratory techniques, organic and inorganic chemistry, quantitative analysis and physical chemistry. Additional courses in computers, math, physics and communications complete the first year. 

Second-year courses include instrumental analysis, environmental chemistry, applied biochemistry, industrial chemistry, oil, gas, and coal chemistry, and project management. 


Laboratory and analysis skills

  • Prepare reagents and calibration standards
  • Synthesize, isolate and purify organic and inorganic compounds
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative wet chemical analyses
  • Use standard industrial methods for sample analysis
  • Collect and prepare representative samples for lab and field analyses
  • Perform spectroscopic, chromatographic, potentiometric, coulometric, conductometric and thermogravimetric analyses
  • Operate and calibrate laboratory equipment

Instrumental analysis skills

  • Perform spectroscopic analyses using UV-VIS, FTIR, AA, ICP and NMR instruments
  • Perform chromatographic analyses using GC, GC-MS, LC-MS, HPLC and FPLC instruments

Discipline-specific training

  • Biochemistry: Isolate and analyze proteins, DNA and carbohydrates
  • Environment: Analyze air and water samples
  • Food: Analyze commercial food products
  • Industrial: Perform bench scale procedures for industrial unit operations and selected chemical processes
  • Oil, gas and coal: Perform product testing using ASTM and other industry-standard methods

 

Enter the workforce with confidence

Employment opportunities exist for Chemical Technology graduates in the following areas:

The chemical industry, involving the manufacture of a variety of inorganic and organic chemicals

The petroleum industry, involving the production and testing of fuels and lubricants

The environmental field, involving the identification and analysis of environmental pollutants

Laboratory support to the mining, food and agricultural industries

Biotechnology and forensic laboratories

Research laboratories at universities, colleges, industrial R&D facilities and government agencies

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Chemical 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. 

Opportunities for advanced education

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (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

Graduates are also eligible for advanced credit towards the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Griffith University in Australia
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management degree at Royal Roads University, Victoria
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology, Cape Breton University

Other universities may grant credit towards degree programs on a course-by-course basis.

BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.

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Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
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*Program availability is subject to change without notice.