College of the North Atlantic- NL, Canada

Chemical Process Engineering Technology (Co-op)


  • School of Engineering Technology
  • Program Length: Three Years

Chemical Process Engineering Technologists play a vital role in the monitoring, operation, control and maintenance of equipment in a variety of industries including oil & gas. The program equips graduates with both the knowledge and practical skills necessary to begin their career as competent process operators and chemical engineering technologists.

The program covers safe work practices, process operations, chemical engineering principles and regulatory processes, process stream analysis, instrumentation and process control. Students will also acquire valuable work experience through the completion of a co-op work term.

Upon completion of this program graduates may choose to further their education by completing a bachelor degree in technology or engineering at one of several institutions that have articulation agreements with College of the North Atlantic.

This program is accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board under the mandate of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.

The academic credentials of graduates of accredited technology programs are recognized internationally by the signatories of the Sydney Accord.

As a chemical process engineering technologist, the graduate will have the knowledge and skills that will allow him/her to:

  1. Assist in safe and efficient design, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of chemical process equipment.
  2. Monitor and optimize petroleum, petrochemical, water and wastewater treatment processes.
  3. Establish and maintain a safe work environment by adhering to and enforcing established safety standards, policies and procedures.
  4. Work with other technologists, engineers and skilled trades persons to develop innovative solutions to problems in chemical process industries.
  5. Work and communicate as members of a team with other professionals, as well as supervise the work of skilled professionals and trades persons in a variety of chemical processes and procedures.

General education consisting of Project Management Skills (theoretical and applied), Communication Skills (oral and written), Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Electrical and Magnetic Theory, Engineering Graphics, Engineering Technology Awareness.

Specific education in various aspects (theory and principles) of the chemical process control discipline including industrial chemistry, fluid mechanics, and mechanical systems.

Practical education in various aspects of chemical process applications including process controls, chemical reactors, and separation processes.

Work exposure consisting of field experience, gained from compensated work terms, in the field of chemical processes.

Graduates of the Chemical Process Engineering Technology (Co-op) program can expect to find employment as process operators and technologists in areas such as oil & gas extraction and refining, offshore petroleum production installations, petrochemical industries, primary metal manufacturing, thermal power plants and water & waste treatment facilities.

Graduates with two years of progressive work experience may be eligible to receive the designation of Professional Technologist (P. Tech) upon completion of a Professional Practice and Ethics Exam.

Note: Students will also be required to complete a number of non-credit co-op education seminars throughout the program (resume writing, job search skills and interview preparation).

Students in the Chemical Process Engineering Technology (Co-op) program are required to obtain the following external certifications throughout the program:
– Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
– First Aid/CPR
– Transportation of Dangerous Goods
– H2S Alive

*Students should be aware that additional fees may apply to external certifications.  

Eligibility for admission to an Engineering Technology program requires the applicant to meet one of the following four academic criteria:

1.  High School
High School Graduation, plus:
i. English (2 credits) (minimum 60%) from: 3201 or 3202
ii.  Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:

Advanced:  2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
Academic:  2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)

iii. Science (4 credits) two of which must be selected from:

Biology: 3201
Physics: 3204
Chemistry: 3202
Earth Systems: 3209

Note: The remaining two Science credits to be chosen from the highest Science mark in level 1, 2 or 3.
2.  Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:
i.          Math (60% minimum) MA1040MA1041
ii.         Two Science courses chosen from one of the following three combinations:

a.         Introductory Biology:  BL1020BL1021
b.         Introductory Chemistry:  CH1030CH1031
c.         Introductory Physics:  PH1050PH1051
 Note:  It is strongly recommended that CAS students who intend to enroll in Engineering Technology programs complete both of the Introductory Chemistry courses and both of the Introductory Physics courses.

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