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  • Chemical Engineering Technology

    Chemical Engineering Technology

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:CHY
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
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 and QA/QC systems
  • Environmental chemistry.

Since the number of seats at the third semester level is limited, students who fail to maintain a semester GPA 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.

Areas of Study

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

Common First Year

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

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
    • Grade 11 Biology: (C) or (U)
    • Grade 12 Chemistry: (C)
  • 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).



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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.


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

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

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, Seneca and you. Following the third academic 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 subjects and two out of the three available work–term semesters. In this option, you must achieve a high academic standing (GPA 3.0) in each semester, while maintaining a full course load (5 subjects), as well as fulfilling other responsibilities in order to continue in the program or qualify for the work semesters.

A “Policies and Guidelines for Students” document, that elaborates on this cautionary note, is available from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology co–operative education office.

Admission to the co–operative education program is by application during the third academic semester. Note that a minimum GPA of 3.0 (cumulative from semesters one and two, as well as a minimum “B” grade in College English) 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
  Fall Winter Summer
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 (Winter) and Semester 6
(Fall), as well as completion of 2 work–terms
(various pathways dependent on work–term length).


Important Academic Dates

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


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
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

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Science Survival
College English
Semester 2
Advanced Computer Applications
General Education Option
Semester 3
Chemistry - Organic I
Inorganic Chemistry Theory
Chemical Instrumentation
Effective Technical Writing
Techniques in Analytical Chemistry
Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 4
Biochemistry for Analytical Chemistry
Occupational Health and Chemistry I
General Education Option
Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 5
Chemical Engineering Fluid Transfer and Heat Transfer
Chemical Instrumentation
Electronics for Chemical Instrumentation
Environmental Engineering
Materials and Metallurgy
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 6
Physical Chemistry
Process Control and Industrial Safety
Ceramics and Composite Materials
Polymer Technology
General Education Option

Note: Students graduating with a B+ average or better may be eligible to enter the BSc programs in Chemistry at York University through the Seneca–York Agreement.

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Contact Us

For more information, please visit our website at
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
Program Coordinator: Margot Wassenaar-Faber
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33248
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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