Chemical Technology (Co-op)

CampusStart Date
Saint JohnSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Chemical Technologists focus on quality assurance and problem-solving. They install and maintain complex equipment and conduct sophisticated chemical analyses. Work settings may include labs, offices, or fieldwork. As a key member of a scientific team, you’ll learn the skills to excel in chemical research, pilot-plant operations, quality control, and process industries. Your frequent participation in co-op work terms will allow you to put your knowledge to practice while learning about unique client needs.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within three years of combined full-time study and co-op opportunities.

Admission Requirements

    Profile I

  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • Pre-calculus 110
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112
      • Total of two (2) sciences, including at least one (1) from the following:
        • Biology 112 or 122
        • Chemistry 112 or 122
        • Physics 112 or 122

      (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

      Career Possibilities

      As a graduate of this program, you may be employed as a laboratory technologist, quality assurance specialist or an engineering technologist in industries involved in pulp and paper, petroleum and plastic products, foods, fertilizers, metals, minerals, and pharmaceuticals. You may also find employment in government institutions concerned with pollution control or weights and measures. Some employment opportunities exist in educational institutions, primarily in laboratories. Advancement to supervisory positions is possible when you have acquired experience and/ or supplemented your initial training with additional specialized courses.

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      NOC Codes

      2211 - Chemical technologists and technicians

      What you will learn

      • Environmental Processes
      • Chemistry - Lab Instrument Analysis
      • Quality Assurance
      • Chemical Plant Operations
      • Environmental Water Quality
      • Communication
      • Mathematics
      • Project Management
      • Sciences
      • Safety
      • Computers
      • Applied Research Project

      Specific Considerations

      Local campuses can provide information on courses that provide the prerequisites for technology programs at New Brunswick Community College. Many universities give credits for courses completed in this program; however, assessment is normally completed on an individual basis. Though this is offered as a co-op program, there are limited seats available with this option. Co-op seats will be determined at the beginning of second year. The co-op option is only available at NBCC Saint John Campus.


      Organization: The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT)
      Accreditation Period: 2011
      Information: The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) nationally accredits this program at the technologist level.

      Organization: Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE)
      Accreditation Period:
      Information: The Chemical Technology Co-Op program has been accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) for a period of six years.

      External Certifications

      Chemical Technology (Co-op) graduates may have an opportunity to acquire the following external certifications upon meeting the external agencies certification requirements and paying any required fees to the external agency:

      Institution: Chemical Institute of Canada (C.I.C.)
      External Certification: Chemical Technology - C.I.C.
      Information: Certification by the NBSCETT with two years of acceptable work experience, and admitted as Certified Chemical Technologists by the Chemical Institute of Canada (C.I.C.). Further approved experience allows graduates to apply for professional membership in the Chemical Institute of Canada.

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