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  • Chemical Engineering Technology

    Chemical Engineering Technology

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:CHY
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

In this program, you’ll prepare for a fulfilling career as a chemical technologist with three specializations:

  • Chemical analysis and material testing
  • Applied chemical engineering, fluid flow, process control, QA/QC systems
  • Environmental chemistry

Choose between the co–operative education option (CHYC) and the non–co–operative education mode (CHY). In each option, the sequence, time of delivery and scope of the academic semesters is the same (excluding professional theory and practice courses required by the co–operative education students).

All students in this program follow the inte– grated model shown under “Co–operative Education Option”. Students in the non–co–op mode (CHY) will be “on vacation” when co–op students are on work–term.

Since the number of seats at the third semester is limited, students who fail to maintain a semester grade point average of at least 2.5 during their first year and each subsequent semester, will be transferred to an alternative program within the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply mathematical, physical, and chemical concepts to the performance of assigned tasks and the analysis of problems.
  • Conduct and interpret manual and instrumental quantitative and qualitative analyses* and tests accurately using prescribed laboratory procedures.
  • Prepare organic and inorganic compounds using standard synthetic* and purification procedures.
  • Perform statistical calculations to report the results of analyses and tests.
  • Perform relevant Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures.
  • Apply computer skills relevant to the chemical engineering technology field.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot* process and laboratory equipment.
  • Apply knowledge of design principles to industrial chemical systems.
  • Analyze the operation of industrial chemical processes.
  • Operate chemical processes.
  • Apply problem-solving skills to chemical engineering technology.
  • Use interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to the chemical engineering technology environment.
  • Ensure that all assigned work is performed in compliance with relevant occupational health, safety, and environmental law, legislation, and regulations; established policies and procedures; and in accordance with ethical principles.
  • develop a plan for continued professional growth.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 11 Biology: (C) or (U)
    • Grade 12 Chemistry: (C)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Your advanced diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology will help launch your career in analytical chemistry, quality control/ quality assurance, manufacturing technology, chemical engineering and process control. Our students are currently successfully employed in the following areas: chemical analysis, waste water, plastics, pharmaceutical, mining analysis, metallurgical and environmental assessment.

School Guidelines

All students are required to follow guidelines, policies and procedures set down by the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry.

Common First Year

In the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry, the Technician (2–year) and Technologist (3–year) programs have a common first year, that is, saemesters one and two.

Areas of Study

As a student of CHY, you’ll focus your studies on analytical and instrumental chemistry, organic and industrial chemistry, polymer chemistry and technology, metallurgy, ceramics, composites, environmental analysis, health and chemistry, as well as a common first year of basic biology, chemistry and mathematics.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) through the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT)

Transfer Options

Graduate with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or greater in this program and you may be eligible to enter the B.Sc. programs at the University of Guelph or York University.

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Guelph• Bachelor of Science
Lakehead University• Bachelor of Engineering
McMaster University• Bachelor of Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Nipissing University• Bachelor of Science in Science and Technology – Engineering Technology Stream
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) (Honours) in Nuclear Power – Bridge


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Cape Breton University• Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Environmental Studies
• Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Petroleum
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice or Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University at Buffalo• Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category), for which EAC150 is a pre-requisite.

A general education course (other than EAC), is a pre-requisite for SES391.

Upper Level Entry

With existing postsecondary education in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceutical or technology disciplines, applicants may qualify to begin their Seneca College studies in a higher semester than 1. At the discretion of the academic area, upper level entry may be granted to applicants who partially qualify with the understanding that they need to take additional courses from previous semesters.

Co-operative Education Option

Should you choose the co–operative education option, you’ll find that it’s an important partnership between the employer, the College and you. Following the third semester, you’ll begin to integrate your academic study with practical work experience in industrial, governmental and university laboratories. The experience you’ll gain during these work–placement semesters provides considerable reinforcement to your overall studies and is a way for you to connect with employers for potential future employment.

As part of the graduation requirements, you’ll be required to successfully complete the professional theory and practice courses, and two out of the three available work–terms. In this option, you must achieve a high academic standing (G.P.A. 3.0) in each semester, while maintaining a full course load (5 courses), as well as fulfilling other responsibilities in order to continue in the program or qualify for the work-terms.

A “Policies and Guidelines for Students” document, that elaborates on this cautionary note, is available from the School or the Faculty of Technology Co–operative Education office.

Admission to the Co–operative Education program is by application during the third semester. Note that a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 (cumulative from semesters one and two, as well as a minimum “B” grade in EAC 150 is required to be eligible, but does not necessarily guarantee entry into the co– operative education option. As part of the selection process, the Promotion Committee will play a key role in assessing the suitability of students to participate in co–operative education.

  • Co–op students must complete a minimum of two work–terms to qualify for a co–op designation.
  • Co–op students are eligible for a four–month work–term after semester three.
  • Co–op students are eligible for a four to eight– month work–term after semester four.
  • Co–op students are eligible for a four to eight–month work–term after semester five:
Co-op Model
  Sept-Dec Jan-Apr May-Aug
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2/1 Vacation/Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 3 Work-Term 1 Semester 4
Year 3 & 4 Completion of Semester 5 (Jan-Apr) and Semester 6
(Sep-Dec), as well as completion of Work-Term 2/3
(various pathways dependent on work-term length).


Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIO173 Biology 6
CHM173 Chemistry 6
EAC150 College English 3
MTH173 Mathematics 5
SSA001 Science Survival 1
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACA273 Advanced Computer Applications 3
BIO273 Biology 6
CHM273 Chemistry 6
MTH273 Mathematics 5
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CHO333 Chemistry - Organic 3
CIT333 Inorganic Chemistry Theory 3
CMI333 Chemical Instrumentation 3
SES391 Effective Technical Writing 3
TAC357 Techniques in Analytical Chemistry 5
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only) 1
CWT100 Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIC633 Biochemistry for Analytical Chemistry 5
OCC433 Occupational Health and Chemistry I 4
PHY453 Physics 3
STA453 Statistics 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only) 1
CWT200 Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CNG533 Chemical Engineering Fluid Transfer and Heat Transfer 5
CMI533 Chemical Instrumentation 6
ECI533 Electronics for Chemical Instrumentation 4
EII533 Environmental Impact of Industrial Processes 3
MTR533 Materials and Metallurgy 6
CWT300 Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CHP633 Physical Chemistry 3
CNG633 Process Control and Industrial Safety 5
CPM633 Ceramics and Composite Materials 4
PTC633 Polymer Technology 6
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Diane Duerden
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33006
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Monica Russell
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33769
Co-op Coordinator: Zahra Hirji
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33218
Program Chair: Paola Battiston
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33760
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