Program Information

In manufacturing today, there is a continuous need for employees with highly developed skills in testing, processing, and quality assurance of materials. In addition, employers are looking for management skills to plan, implement and coordinate in manufacturing facilities. Encompassing many areas of science, including material science, chemical and material engineering and chemistry, and combining business management curriculum, the Lambton College Applied Manufacturing Management - Advanced Materials Processing, Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides students with real-world experiences to learn and apply the knowledge and skills required to study the properties and behaviours of engineering polymeric materials used in a range of manufacturing applications in Ontario, Canada, and abroad.

In the program, students develop skills in applied material science and manufacturing. Additional courses include hands-on introductions to chemical analysis, material characterization, composites, nanocomposites and polymers. In addition, students learn the underlying theoretical principles in materials processing and additive manufacturing. Graduates are technically skilled problem-solvers with well-developed business, ethics, communication and analytical skills that can be applied to future careers in advanced manufacturing technology for a variety of industrial, government or consulting organizations.

Fall 2021 Delivery Format

For the Fall 2021 term, this program will be fully remote. Students in first year will not be expected to attend classes on campus between September 2021 and December 2021. 

For upper year students, information about delivery format is available on

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Admission Requirements

A university degree in science, chemistry, bio-technology, environmental, industrial, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, or related field of study).

The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by submitting one of the following scores:

  • IELTS of 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT 79
  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test 

Please Note: IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.

Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

Course List

COM-3013: Professional Communications

This course is designed for international students with diplomas or degrees. It focuses on polishing communications skills acquired through one's academic career and workplace experience. Through various business writing and speaking scenarios, students learn Canadian business practices and communication styles. Close attention is paid to proper incorporation of the intellectual property of others to ensure academic integrity. Students will practice organized and dynamic speaking and will strive for polished business documents.

AMM-1003: Engineering Design for a Circular Economy - A Canadian Management Perspective

In this course, students delve into the economic activity that builds and rebuilds overall system health, both globally and more specifically from a unique Canadian manufacturing management perspective. The curriculum focuses on various models of bio-sustainability in the economy, and how these models effect management decisions. Biological materials and technical cycles are studied, as well as overall material and product design and re-design to better fit within a restorative economy.

OHS-1402: Canadian Workplace Health and Safety

In providing an overview of Canadian Labour laws, workplace rules and regulations, and Health and Safety Hazards in the workplace, students gain an understanding of the responsibilities of employers, worker's rights as well as the responsibilities of various organizations in the Canadian labour industry. Awareness and recognition of various health and safety risks arising from a variety of occupations is also covered.

BUS-1234: Business Applications

Strong computer skills are essential to finding employment in management and administration. This course provides students with resources and guidance to develop skills in Microsoft Office applications. While the focus will be spent learning and applying document processing, presentation and extra time on spreadsheet management tools, students will also develop skills in time management, self-discipline, and attention to detail. Students will also have an opportunity to improve their ability to read and follow written instructions. Computer Applications for Business is a course delivered using practical hands-on applications and comprises additional online skills assessment and training tools purposefully designed to provide flexibility in learning. This course further prepares students to apply these professional business application skills, with enhanced emphasis on spreadsheet management as they continue and expand in their program areas of study.

CHM-2712: Laboratory Techniques

The student will be introduced to Canadian laboratory techniques, including good laboratory practices for analytical labs (such as appropriate lab record keeping and documentation), laboratory chemical safety (WHMIS/SDS), and lab procedures. Students will learn techniques useful in later areas of the program, such as preparing solutions, proper chemical labelling and storage, and maintaining a laboratory notebook.

QEM-1504: Total Quality Management

This course reviews the history and guiding principles of Total Quality Management (TQM) leading to an understanding of critical success factors for implementing total Quality Management. Students are introduced to the pioneering quality philosophies of Crosby, Deming, Ishikawa and Juran. Areas covered include developing an organizational culture for quality, quality strategy, employee involvement, data analysis and effective communication for implementing TQM in manufacturing or service industries.

CHM-5816: Reinforced Plastics

Engineered materials systems with the combined benefits of plastics and reinforcement are explored with an emphasis on natural product reinforcement; things like hemp, rice hulls and crystalline cellulose. The recycling benefits and technology are covered in general and as they pertain to these naturally sourced reinforcement materials.

CHM-5916: Petrochemical and Polymer Chemistry

The petrochemical industry from extraction to processing into energy and materials products is covered in this course. Polymer chemistry and production is explored. Polymers and energy products (or example; bio-diesel and bio-ethanol) from renewable resources is also covered.

IMT-4523: Solidworks AutoCAD

This course is designed to introduce the fundamental skills in using AutoCAD (2D) and Solidworks (3D) parametric computer aided design (CAD) software for the creation and/or modification of parts, assemblies and drawings. The construction and constraining of assemblies will be covered as will the creation of detail and assembly drawings using the software.

CHM-4913: Quality Assurance and Control

Quality in the chemical laboratory is about the data being produced being free of error and with well defined and understood limits, consistence and uncertainty. There are national and international standards for quantifying quality. This course will understand the importance of quality in the laboratory, be familiar with the standards that control and define quality, know how to sample to ensure quality through appropriate sampling, method selection, measurement practices and documentation.

CPS-1001: Co-op Preparation and Success

This course provides students with an introduction to work-integrated learning paths (Co-op and WIL Project) and assists with the preparation for successful transitioning from the classroom to the professional workplace. Students are introduced to the services and support systems available through the Co-op and Career Services Department as well as the Work Integrated Learning Policy. The process of career planning and development is introduced with a focus on the design of preliminary job search strategies. Emphasis is placed on valuable self-assessment and reflection that allows for skills discovery and personal development. Topics including teamwork, interpersonal expectations, intercultural communication as well as navigating conflict in the workplace are introduced to assist in the development and enhancement of in-demand soft skills. Learners will develop marketing materials including a cover letter and resume, and practice interview techniques.

Academic Break

QEM-1303: Materials and Testing

This course introduces students to the basics of materials and testing techniques for metal, plastic, composite, and ceramics. Students conduct mechanical property testing on various material types and learn to interpret material properties such as strength, elongation, and hardness. Students also perform both destructive and non destructive testing in the lab environment.

AMM-3004: Introduction to Polymer Characterization

This course gives students an overview of the polymeric materials from the synthesis of polymers to characterization, properties, and applications of polymers. Material properties including elastic response of materials, plastic response of materials, fracture toughness, mechanical and thermal properties, electrical, magnetic and optical properties. Emphasis is placed on how the various synthetic methods are used to control structural features such as molecular weight, branching, crosslinking, and crystallinity. The effect of molecular structure on these properties and the utilization of polymers are discussed in detail.

MAN-2103: Project Management

This course will provide the student with an overview of the structured processes and knowledge areas of project management within the context of organizations. It will contrast the differences between operational management and project management. It will provide the student with numerous tools and techniques used to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, and close a project. Students learn the vocabulary, definitions, principles and concepts of project management and working in a project team.

AMM-3014: Introduction to Materials Processing

This course introduces processing of solid materials forms as the cornerstone of operations for a diverse range of industrial sectors. Students study the basic structural concepts of materials and the relationships between processing, structure, properties and performance. The topics will range from mixing and milling, through micro-and macro-structures and their influence on properties, to the processing techniques required for solids and bio-mass to produce the desired structures. Types of engineering materials studies include polymers, synthetic composites and biomaterials. There is an experimental laboratory to illustrate the principles presented in the course along with some ASTM testing techniques.

AMM-3024: Additive Manufacturing and Printing

This course provides students with the practical skills to learn concept of additive manufacturing and 3D printing of synthetic materials. Students will apply materials processing concepts to 3D printing via hand drawing, extruding into a 3D model, and preparation of 3D model to 3D print. The course teaches students the basics of 3D modelling and printing, converting images to 3D models, and critical basic concepts in computer aided design (CAD), including extrusion, scaling, mesh, water tight, and interlocking parts.

AMM-3032: Advanced Topics in Canadian Materials Manufacturing

This is an advanced materials science and manufacturing course, which covers a range of topics pertinent to today's Canadian manufacturing sectors. The objective of this course is threefold: (i) to build a common background for all students in (bio)polymer design and development and the production of such in a Canadian mass production operation (ii) to provide an in-depth look at a few selected core topics in materials science and manufacturing, and (iii) to expose students to the analysis of seminal and top recent research papers. This course is designed to provide in-depth analysis of timely and relevant topics rather than superficial analysis of a wide variety of topics.

CPS-2001: Career Preparation and Success

This course will provide students with key employment skills. Students will develop their skills in researching employers, networking, informational interviews and job search resources. As well, students will learn how to utilize social media, prepare effective cover letters & resume. This course will also prepare the students in the fundamentals of behavioural based interviewing

CPL-1049: Work Term - Full-Time*

Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to:


CPL-5559: WIL Project

Work Integrated Learning Project is aimed at enriching student success by connecting different program areas of study, cutting across subject -matter lines, and emphasizing unifying concepts. The focus is on making connections, allowing students to engage in relevant, meaningful activities that are connected and practiced in real life. This will attempt to enhance and strengthen the student's employability prospects post-graduation by exposing them to skills and knowledge in demand from today's employers. Students are required to attend the scheduled shifts in the WIL office, reporting to the WIL Supervisor. Weekly real-world challenges are presented in the WIL office, designed by industry professionals. In addition to the weekly assigned deliverables, students are also offered professional development sessions, and exposed to industry guest speakers, enhancing their opportunity to develop their professional network.

*In order to be eligible to participate in a full-time Co-op Work Term (CPL-1049) students must have a GPA of 2.8 or greater.

Failing to do so will require the students to enroll in CPL-5559 WIL Project at an additional cost to the student.

See the Costs tab for current fees.

Program Maps

Current Students

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Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program may find employment in areas of engineering research and development or as engineering department managers, engineering managers or production managers.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

905-890-7833 x 222
Sarnia/Main Campus
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