Chemical Laboratory Technology provides fundamental learning in chemistry, biochemistry, physics and math at a level beyond any other college program. This advanced diploma places the graduate in an exclusive position to choose their preferred career path or continue to University education. The range of employment and salaries are extensive in many industries such as pharmaceutical, biotechnology, environmental, geological, nuclear, petroleum, materials and alternative energy. The transfer towards university degrees includes two organic chemistry courses and two calculus-based physical chemistry (thermodynamic) courses, which are unique to this program. This is the best program choice for those who want to keep the largest number of options and pathways open.
Chemical Laboratory Technology is a unique science program in Ontario that results in the largest of pathways to employment and further education options.
- Industry partnerships provide students with the opportunity to participate in work placements or research and development projects.
- Each student will complete a Technical Project in their final year, which can be conducted on-site as a capstone project of the student’s choosing, or as a partnership with local industry.
- Unmatched Physical and Organic Chemistry laboratory courses that are equivalent to 2nd and 3rd-year university level courses.
- Complete and comprehensive Analytical Chemistry laboratory courses for chemical analysis, quantification, statistical evaluation, and writing of formal reports to prepare for industry jobs and scientific publications.
- Biochemistry and microbiology courses to broaden the capabilities of graduates.
- Graduates get a hands-on learning experience in cutting edge scientific instrumentation, including:
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
- High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
- Ion-Chromatography (IC)
- Gas Chromatography (GC)
- Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AA)
- Ultraviolet and Visible Spectroscopy (UV-VIS)
- Infrared Spectroscopy (IR)
Career opportunities include pharmaceuticals, food, ethanol, wine/spirits, agricultural, biochemical, forensics, petroleum, mining, electroplating, paints, polymers, plastics, computer materials, manufacturing, geological, environmental, water treatment, pulp and paper, automotive, nuclear technology, government agencies, new materials, solar energy, wind energy, fuel cell technology, optics, nanotechnology, consulting and more. These are broad categories of industries where job opportunities can be found in quality control, process, sales, research and development, supervision, and management.
An Advanced Chemistry Diploma can get you a job anywhere in North America or the globe since that skill set is in high demand. Graduates of this program who have been willing to explore job opportunities throughout Ontario, Canada and the USA have found employment within six months of graduation. The salary expectations for graduates start at $40,000/yr but extend to over $100,000/yr after a few years of experience for those who want to continue to progress in their profession.
A. Transfer Agreement with the University of Windsor for those with a 3.00 cumulative grade point average or better:
- For graduates of the program who started Fall 2009 - 2020:
- up to 15 of the 40 credits required for the 4-year Biochemistry Degree (B.Sc.)
- up to 17 of the 40 credits required for the 4-year Chemistry Degree (B.Sc.)
- For graduates of the newly updated program starting Fall 2021:
- We are working on a new agreement with the University of Windsor for this new version of our program. Additional transfer credits may be available beyond the previous program. Check back in the spring of 2022 for additional information.
B. Continue education at the Atlantic Technological University (Ireland)
- This very popular 4-year B.Sc. - Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development program only requires 8 months (2 semesters) additional study in Ireland. This program is priced competitively with a typical two-semester Ontario University program. More information: Atlantic Technological University
C. Other University Transfers:
- The broad collection of courses and content that we provide, has granted students many transfer credits to other Universities without a formal transfer agreement in place. You can take your diploma and its content anywhere you choose.
A. From High School
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level PLUS:
- Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
- Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)
- Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
- These are meant to give as many students as possible access to this exceptional program. Student success is best measured by how committed the student is regardless of having come from the college, university stream or the workplace.
- If you wish to obtain exposure to some of the content prior to registration, we recommend that high-school students take some university grade 11 and 12 math courses (such as the functions and data management) and a senior level physics course. To support this effort, Ontario’s largest online high school can be used to pick up any courses you might not have or you wish to improve: https://www.ilc.org/.
- If you have any questions or concerns about these admission requirements contact the chemistry program coordinator: Mike Siwek (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 519-972-2727 ext. 4912
B. Other than from High School:
- Academic and Career Entrance (A.C.E)
- This is free and is offered at St. Clair College for anyone who needs high school or grade 12 equivalent courses.
- Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees
- This pathway is another option for those who wish to be well prepared for our advanced diploma program. This is a one-year program offered at St. Clair College, and a certificate is earned.
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.
The curriculum below is for incoming students:
|CHM124||Laboratory Techniques I||3|
|CHM127G||Workplace Safety As A Societal Issue||3|
|CHM151||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHM161B||Introduction To Chemistry I (Laboratory)||2|
|MTH128||Technical Mathematics I||5|
|CHM251||General Chemistry II||7|
|CHM224||Laboratory Techniques II||2|
|CHM325||Organic Chemistry I||5|
|CHM327||Analytical Chemistry I||6|
|CHM503||Chemical Computer Applications||3|
|CHM408||Analytical Chemistry II||6|
|CHM421G||Environmental Legislations & Impact On Society||3|
|CHM429||Physical Chemistry I||3|
|CHM427||Organic Chemistry II||5|
|CHM614||Industrial Control Systems||4|
|CHM527||Organic Chemistry III||6|
|CHM508||Analytical Chemistry III||6|
|CHM529||Physical Chemistry II||3|
|CHM535||Seminar Presentations I||1|
|CHM613||Organic Chemistry IV||2|
|CHM635||Seminar Presentations II||1|
|CHM653A||Environmental Analytical Chem||6|
|ELEC1030||Choose 1 Elective Course||3|
Program Physical Demands Analysis
Program Vocational Learning Outcomes
Chemical Laboratory Technology (Ontario College Advanced Diploma) (MTCU Code 61302)
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Research, determine and perform procedures related to the purification, analysis and synthesis of chemical compounds and samples.
- Perform, coordinate and implement laboratory procedures to conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses and tests.
- Select, test, calibrate*, troubleshoot* and evaluate chemical analysis instruments and equipment to assure accurate results.
- Implement, coordinate and evaluate quality assurance and quality control procedures, including statistical analysis, in accordance with international and industry standards and government regulations.
- Complete, monitor and manage chemical laboratory tasks and projects using computer and information technologies.
- Participate in health and safety practices and initiatives in the chemical laboratory to ensure a safe environment for oneself and others.
- Promote the efficient, sustainable* and ethical use of chemical laboratory resources through the application and analysis of sustainability* practices.
- Communicate laboratory data, results, analysis and recommendations through the preparation, interpretation and presentation of technical reports.
- Collaborate with others and work in chemical laboratory teams to complete laboratory tasks and projects.
- Develop strategies for ongoing professional development to enhance competence as a chemical laboratory technologist.