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The Process Engineering option has an emphasis on chemical and biochemical processes. Graduates are versatile and can pursue a variety of related careers as well as degree studies.

Program delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the coming semester.
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The Chemical and Environmental Technology diploma program offers the student a broad background in technology and skills that can be applied to many industries. Near the end of their first year in the program, students will choose one of two options: Analytical Science or Process Engineering. These options are not exclusive — all students will have enough exposure to both topic areas to qualify for a full spectrum of varied employment opportunities. Choosing an option allows students to pick an area of interest for increased emphasis while still keeping their future options open.

Core courses

The first-year curriculum is common to both options and emphasizes environmental science, bioprocesses, materials technology, laboratory techniques and safety along with math and science basics. The student is also introduced to environmental science, materials technology, and a wide range of industrial chemical processes. The core second-year subjects for both options include several courses in environmental sampling and analysis, chemical engineering technology, instrumental analysis, physical chemistry, and statistics that will prepare students for employment in a broad range of industries and technical occupations. Students will participate in an industry-sponsored project (practicum or directed studies) in the second year of the program. This may involve work experience activities at the industry sponsor’s regular place of business.

Process Engineering option

The Process Engineering option will interest students who would enjoy an increased emphasis on chemical and biochemical processes, with a more in-depth introduction to engineering principles and design software. The strong core courses will ensure that the graduates have sufficient knowledge to compete for jobs in analytical laboratories too, if that later becomes their choice. It is anticipated that graduates who choose to continue into degree studies would be able to choose from BEng (chemical engineering) programs as well as from BTech or BSc degrees.

All Chemical and Environmental Technology graduates will be versatile and be awarded the same Diploma, regardless of their assigned options.

Entrance Requirements

Find out more about getting started in the program!

If the Chemical and Environmental program interests you, review the entrance requirements. If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements and equivalents, please contact Program Advising.

If you qualify, you may want to attend an information session, or spend a day exploring the program. You’ll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.

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Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

A broad set of skills allows graduates to pursue employment from a wide array of opportunities in many industries. Typical examples include:

  • Chemical/Environmental analysts in commercial, industrial and research labs
  • Research technologists for fuel cell and energy companies
  • Specialists in air/water quality monitoring and remediation for government and consulting firms
  • Production supervisor trainees in production or recycling plants
  • Quality assurance officers for pharmaceutical and process industries
  • Engineering technologists or materials testing specialists for engineering firms
  • Process technologists for producers of chemical, metallurgical, paper, or pharmaceutical products
  • Technical service representatives for chemical or equipment supply companies

Faculty, Advisors & Staff


Lynn Erickson, PhD, PEng
Program Head
Tel: 604-456-1102

Rodger Beatson, PhD
Tel: 604-432-8951

Amir M. Dehkhoda, PhD
Tel: 604-432-8550

Farzan Ghaffari, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-451-6847

Yassaman Babaee, PhD
Tel: 604-432-8258

Hamed Karimi Sharif, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-432-8326

Elaine Woo, BSc, Certified Assayer
Tel: 604-432-8393

Assistant Instructors

Harry Chang, MSc
Tel: 604-456-8186

Arvinder Dhaliwal, BSc
Tel: 604-432-8401


Kacem Habiballah, MA, EdD, PhD (Candidate)
Associate Dean
Tel: 604-451-7075

Stephanie Ly
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 604-456-8052

Advisory committee

Paul Bicho
Manager, Innovation and Optimization, Canfor Pulp Innovation

Ish Grewal
Executive Vice President, Enviroleach Technologies Inc.

Aaron Hineman
Inorganic Product Line Leader, Perkin Elmer Life and Analytical Sciences Ltd.

David Houghton
Project Engineer, AECOM

Richard Jornitz
Consulting Scientist, Maxxam Analytics

Oge Moss
Environment Technician, Vancouver Airport Authority

Lawrence Ng
Vice President Global Minerals, SGS Canada

Scott Varley
Manager, CESL Operations,Teck Resources Limited

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