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Chemical Technology - Diploma

Saskatchewan Polytechnic
2 years
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Chemical Technology - Diploma

If you love lab work and you're looking for a program that can launch you into a great career in just two years, check out the Chemical Technology program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Chemical Technologists find employment throughout the province of Saskatchewan and beyond its borders. Many different industries employ graduates from the program including food manufacturing, mining, agriculture, cannabis, chemical manufacturing, and oil and gas. A Chemical Technology diploma will allow you the flexibility to choose a career path that suits you.

Chemical Technology is a nationally accredited, two-year diploma program offered through Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, Idylwyld Dr. The program is designed to give you a well-rounded foundation in scientific principles and analytic practices--essential building blocks for a flexible career. You'll build knowledge and skills in:

  • analytical instrumentation
  • organic, physical, analytical and environmental chemistry
  • handling and manipulating chemicals
  • laboratory quality control and assurance
  • recording, processing and reporting data

Learning is hands-on--you'll spend almost as much time in labs as in the classroom. And you'll apply what you've learned during a four-week industry research project.

Admission requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum 60% in each of the following subjects: English Language Arts, English Language Arts, Chemistry 30 and Pre-Calculus 30*
  • English Language Requirement

Meeting English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction and examination at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. If your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you will need to provide evidence of your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. These skills are required to be successful in a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.

Saskatchewan students graduating from Fransaskois and French Immersion high school programs are not required to meet further English Language Proficiency requirements.

The following tests are available at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Test Centres.

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic Module

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the school website.

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Program content


Semester 1

  • Organic Chemistry 1
  • Organic Chemistry 1 Lab
  • General Chemistry 1
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel 1
  • Analytical Instrumentation 1
  • Analytical Instrumentation 1 Lab
  • Mathematics 1
  • Laboratory Mathematics
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Introductory Statistics and Computer Applications

Semester 2

  • Organic Chemistry 2
  • Organic Chemistry 2 Lab
  • General Chemistry 2
  • Plant and Process Chemistry
  • Analytical Instrumentation 2
  • Analytical Instrumentation 2 Lab
  • Mathematics 2
  • Physics

Semester 3

  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • Sampling Techniques
  • Statistics and Computer Applications

Semester 4

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry Lab
  • Physical Chemistry 1
  • Analytical Instrumentation 3
  • Analytical Instrumentation 3 Lab
  • Laboratory Preparation Techniques in Chemistry
  • Quality Control in Laboratories
  • Quality Control in Laboratories Project
  • Workplace Communication

Semester 5

  • Physical Chemistry 2
  • Water Chemistry
  • Communications 2
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Analytical Instrumentation 4
  • Analytical Instrumentation 4 Lab
  • Applied Research 2
  • Practicum

Program delivery

Length and Start Date

  • Start Date(s): September
  • Length: 70 weeks
  • Year 1 - 38 weeks; Year 2 - 32 weeks
  • Students will enroll in a four week industry specific research project in January of semester 3.*Relocation may be required

Tuition fees

The Tuition fees for 2022/23 Academic Year:

  • Year 1: $9,420
  • Year 2: $7,605

Please visit the school website for more information about tuition fees


Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

Career opportunities

Chemical technologists can choose from a variety of job possibilities. Saskatchewan Polytechnic graduates are working as laboratory analysts, laboratory technologists, research technical assistants and sales managers.

Chemical Technologists work in a wide range of industries: agriculture, mining, oil and gas, chemical production, environmental protection, ethanol and malt production, food research, product testing, occupational health, and new opportunities are available in the cannabis industry. Job openings are often available in commercial, industrial or government laboratories, or in chemical product sales.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is recognized around the world for our international engagement and development projects. With campuses located in the province's four largest cities (Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon), and through extensive distance education opportunities, we offer career-focused, applied education...

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

1130 Idylwyld Dr.
S7K 3R5 Saskatoon Saskatchewan

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