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Science and Sustainability

For people who like science, care about progress with sustainability, and enjoy investigating problems, this newly-revised program can provide the skills to make a positive difference in an interesting career. Chemical and Environmental Technology is a rewarding two-year diploma program where students learn the latest chemical analysis techniques along with environmental science, process engineering and materials technology from experts in the field. This career can be pursued in any setting — laboratory, consulting, industrial or research. The program's combination of science theory with hands-on practice using sophisticated instruments provides a real "edge" in the job market. Graduates who want to continue into a degree may bridge into a BCIT BTech program or transfer to a university for a science or engineering degree.

Tara, a soon-to-be graduate of the program, talks about her plans for a career in environmental technology. The interview begins in the pollution science lab then moves outdoors:

Chemical and environmental technology is a big part of everyday life and most industrial processes. Environmental protection depends upon accurate sampling and chemical analysis of air, liquid and solid materials. Accuracy is also critical in research, quality assurance, forensic investigations, and precious metal analysis, where million-dollar decisions may hinge on a few analytical results. Chemical process technology is the key to sustainably making and recycling almost all of the products that we use every day — like paper, plastics, metal, fuels, foods and pharmaceuticals. Well-qualified technologists with analytical and process skills will also be well-positioned to work in emerging "green" industries, such as biofuel, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Chemical and environmental technologists will play key roles in any of these enterprises. The job outlook is excellent, with a great demand for skilled graduates.

Part-time Studies

Whether you are preparing for career advancement, refresher programs or continuing with professional development, the program offers an array of individual courses.

Email us for more information or phone Elaine Woo, Chemical Sciences Technology Part-time Studies Coordinator, at 604-432-8393.