Chemical Technology

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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.

Upcoming Intakes

Select your preferred intake to see relevant program information. Program details, including tuition and course information, may vary by intake.

Selection Start Date Delivery Mode Time Campus Length Domestic Status International Status
Sep. 03, 2024 (Fall) In-person Weekdays - Daytime Main 2 Years (Full-time) Open Waitlisting
 
             
 

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Delivery Mode

  • In-person - All your class activity will be delivered in person, on campus.
  • Online - All your class activity will be delivered online.
  • Hybrid - Your classes will be a mixture of in person and online learning. You must be able to come to campus and participate remotely online.
  • Your choice - Your program offers a variety of class delivery options (in person, online, or a mixture of both) and you can select which type of classes to take. If you wish, you can complete your entire program either in-person or online.
  • HyFlex - All your classes are delivered for simultaneous participation in person and online. You can choose daily to attend your classes in person or join remotely online.

Time

  • Your choice - You can select class times and days that fit your schedule. There are a variety of class options for you to choose from including daytime, evening, weekdays or weekends.
  • No set time - No set class days or times, content is access on-demand. You can complete your studies on your own schedule within the scheduled class dates; may have set due dates and deadlines.
  • Evenings & Weekends - Classes are scheduled after 5 p.m. on weekdays or anytime on weekends.
  • Weekdays - Daytime - Classes are scheduled on weekdays, before 5 p.m.
  • Weekdays - Evening - Classes are scheduled on weekdays, after 5 p.m.
  • Weekends - Classes are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays.

Campus

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at this campus location.

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Length

  • Full-Time - This is the standard length to complete the program, with a full course load per term.
  • Part-Time - Students follow a structured schedule of classes so they can progress in their studies part-time while balancing everyday life.

Domestic Status

The program availability status for domestic applications is updated as applications are reviewed and assessed. Program availability is subject to change without notice.

  • Open - Program intake is accepting applications.
  • Waitlisting - Program intake is accepting applications, but qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Closed - Program intake is not accepting applications.
  • Upcoming - Applications will open soon for this intake. View the upcoming terms for open dates.
  • N/A - Not available for this intake.

International Status

The program availability status for international applications is updated as applications are reviewed and assessed. Program availability is subject to change without notice.

  • Open - Program intake is accepting applications.
  • Waitlisting - Program intake is accepting applications, but qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Closed - Program intake is not accepting applications.
  • Upcoming - Applications will open soon for this intake. View the upcoming terms for open dates.
  • N/A - Not available for this intake.

Credit programs that accept international applicants also meet the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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
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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
Fume hood

Career Outcomes

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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.

Click on the specific course for more information on the evidence that is required for each course.
 

CHEM1121

CHEM1132

PMGT2400
 

Please refer to the  Credit for Work and Life Experience page for more information on how to apply for PLAR credits.

 

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

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Thank you for your interest! We want to get you in contact with the right person to answer your questions. If you are a current or recently admitted student you can find program and course information as well as contact details for your program on the My Program page on the MyNAIT Portal.








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