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Sutharshiny Sritharakumar
Chemical Laboratory Technician
Chemical Laboratory Technician

Chemical Laboratory Technician

Chemical Laboratory Technician

Chemical Laboratory Technician

Chemical Laboratory Technician

Be part of the future

Chemicals are everywhere. Plastics, soaps, shampoos, food ingredients and additives, new alternative fuels, pharmaceuticals, batteries – all of these are products created using chemistry.

Chemical Lab Technicians often work in a team environment developing new products, using advanced testing methodologies to assure quality with chemical manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, food ingredient manufacturers, consumers product companies, energy producers and the emerging green product sector.

Be part of the future – become a Chemical Laboratory Technician.  

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Program Description

This program will provide you with the entry-level qualifications needed to obtain a chemical and/or biological laboratory technician position in a broad range of industries including:

  • Cosmetic
  • Environmental
  • Food production
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Scientific

You will learn how to:

  • Compile records and interpret experimental or analytical results
  • Develop and conduct sampling and data analysis
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment
  • Set up and conduct chemical experiments

Industries of employment:

  • Cosmetic manufacturers
  • Chemical production and industrial chemical manufacturers
  • Environmental sector
  • Federal and provincial governments
  • Food production companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C, M or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 chemistry and biology (recommended)

Please note: Applicants who do not have the admissions criteria for the Chemical Laboratory Technician program may want to consider applying to Durham College’s General Arts and Science one-year certificate program to better prepare themselves and possibly obtain a transferable/elective credit from the School of Science & Engineering Technology. For more information, please contact or 905.721.3000.

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Career Options

Graduate employment may be found in:

  • Chemical or quality assurance laboratories
  • Chemical plant operations
  • Energy generation and distribution
  • Food manufacturers
  • Research and development
  • Sales and technical support
  • Water treatment plants

Past Durham College graduates have found employment with the following job titles:

  • Analytical Services
  • Chemical Process Operator
  • Chemical Technician / Technologist
  • Inorganic Data Analyst
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Laboratory Technician /
  • Technologist
  • Process Operator
  • Quality Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Research & Development Analyst
  • Sample Entry Technician
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary$1,057$1,617
Program Incidental$125$125
Total Fees:$3,870$13,920

Please note: fees are based on the 2014-2015 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Qualified graduates may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at Durham College in programs such as Biotechnology - Advanced, Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology and Environmental Technology.

In addition, qualified graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities. 

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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