May 25, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Chemical Engineering Technology

Location(s): In Person (Main Campus)

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We bring all the elements together for a dynamic career with our Chemical Engineering Technology program.

Designed for those who seek a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, this diploma program offers a hands-on learning experience. Our labs are crafted to mirror common equipment and process units, giving you a real-world feel of the industry.

This program offers:

  • in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge, delving into the intricacies of unit operations, process simulation and equipment design
  • training in the essentials of operating, troubleshooting, maintaining, and designing safe and efficient processing units and plants
  • industry-trained instructors with a wealth of knowledge and experience who will guide you through design calculations, process simulation and control, along with crucial aspects of industry safety and environmental engineering
  • advanced engineering software training, giving you the tools and skills to excel in the modern chemical engineering landscape
  • a capstone project where you’ll apply and enhance your skills in a practical setting in sectors such as chemical process engineering, water treatment and others.

Benefit from our strong ties with industry leaders and professionals, with networking opportunities and insights into current industry practices.

This program encourages ongoing learning, ensuring you remain current with the latest trends and technologies in chemical engineering-related fields such as renewable energy development, environmental engineering, biotechnology, pharmaceutical industries, oil and gas processing and beyond.

The versatility of the skills you acquire opens doors to numerous industries. Start your career as a chemical technologist, environmental technician, process engineering technologist or process designer. Opportunities also exist in engineering design, process simulation, technical sales, field operations and environmental sectors.

Alternatively, leverage your education for further studies with transfer options to universities or colleges.

Whether your goal is to jump-start your career or to pave the way for further academic pursuits, our Chemical Engineering Technology program is a great launchpad for your ambitions.

Traits, skills and aptitudes

Those in the chemical engineering field tend to be objective, innovative and methodical.

You need:

  • attention to detail
  • persistence
  • accuracy
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to speak and listen well
  • leadership and people skills
  • the ability to work on a team
  • the ability to supervise others.

You should enjoy working with people, analyzing data, math, taking a methodical approach to your work and being innovative.

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities

In your second year, you’ll participate in a capstone project where you’ll apply what you’ve learned in your classes to resolve an issue and present your work to an industry partner. 

Accreditations, designations or certifications

This program is accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC).

Graduates are eligible to register in the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists. Periodical registration agreements exist with U.S. and British societies. 


After successfully completing this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Chemical Engineering Technology diploma.

Program length

2 years

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible

This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies. 

Not eligible for CAJG

This program is not eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education. 

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Chemical technologists and technicians (22100)
  • Civil engineering technologists and technicians (22300)
  • Chemists (21101)
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (22312)
  • Drafting technologists and technicians (22212)
  • Biological technologists and technicians (22110)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet all of the following requirements or equivalents:

  • at least 60% in Math 30-1 or 75% in Math 30-2, and
  • at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 75% in English Language Arts 30-2, and
  • at least 60% in Chemistry 30, and
  • at least 60% in Physics 20.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Program outline

The Chemical Engineering Technology diploma requires 61.5 credits (24 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with two semesters each year.

Suggested schedule of study


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies

Books and supplies cost approximately $1,800 in the first year and $900 in the second year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date. Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn’t receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term. 

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you’ll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

PPE is required in various labs. You’ll need a lab coat and CSA-approved safety glasses (with UVEX and side shields) by the first day of class to enter the chemistry labs.

Energy program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our MacPhail School of Energy.

Phone: 403.284.8451

Program outcomes

  1. Research, critically analyze, prepare, document, submit and defend a Technology Report.
  2. Apply the knowledge of algebra, matrix manipulation and introductory calculus to resolve applied science/engineering technology problems.
  3. Apply the knowledge of best statistical processes to resolve applied science/engineering technology problems.
  4. Apply the current practices of project management to applied science and engineering technology projects consistent with the discipline requirements.
  5. Apply the principles of physical and natural science, applicable to a discipline, to the solution of applied science/engineering technology problems.
  6. Apply knowledge of management principles, ethics, sustainability, contract law, codes and standards.

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