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Laboratory technologists are critical in many growing industries such as chemical products and materials, petroleum refineries, food processing, breweries, distilleries, pharmaceutical manufacturing and development, natural health products and the new cannabis sector.

New Exciting Opportunities in Chemical Laboratory Technology

Picture yourself in the exciting and exploding career of cannabis, ginseng and other natural health products. Part of a team making differences for people every day and in the future. Picture yourself as part of a team developing sustainable energy, bio-sourced plastics and composites, building a greener future for your children.

There are scientists required to analyze these technologies and conduct research to bring products to market. Lambton College's Chemical Laboratory Technology program will prepare you to work in these and other industries in a unique hands on way.

Unique Learning Opportunities

This program is a truly unique offering in the Ontario College System. The Chemical Laboratory Technology program builds on the curriculum of the Chemical Laboratory Technician, however does so by an entire term where students meet their learning outcomes by solving real world problems doing real world research. This unique project based hands-on curriculum in program's final year focuses on the areas of natural health products, including ginseng and cannabis, but also the chemistry of building environmentally sustainable solutions in bio-materials and energy.

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Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U
  • Grade 12 Mathematics C or U
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry C or U
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology C or U (recommended)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Physics C or U (recommended)

Please Note: Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology or any grade 12U mathematics is recommended; Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (MAP4C) minimum final grade is 60%. If the program is highly competitive, students with Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology or any Grade 12U mathematics will be given preference.

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For all other admission requirements applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, it is mandatory to own a reliable laptop to complete tests and assignments.

Course List

CHM-1106: General Chemistry I

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry through the integration of chemical theory and laboratory experiments. The theory portion includes the mole concept, gas laws, and electronic structure of atoms, the Periodic Table, chemical bonding and molecular structure. The laboratory portion is designed to apply the above theoretical concepts while developing basic skills of manipulation and careful observation through experiments in quantitative and qualitative analysis.

MTH-1904: Mathematics for Technology I

This course reviews and develops concepts in algebra, trigonometry, complex numbers, and vectors with technical applications.

CHM-1702: Analytical Techniques

This course serves as an introduction to the fundamental analytical techniques required for performance in chemical laboratory-related work. Students will learn techniques useful in later areas of the program, including proper use of the analytical balance, correct pipetting and volume-transfer techniques, and wet chemistry techniques. The course will also help students develop skills of good laboratory practices (GLP), proper recordkeeping and documentation, and chemical safety.

COM-1013: Critical Thinking and Writing

In this writing course, students respond to current issues and news articles via various styles of paragraphs and essays. Students strive for clarity of message and diplomatic expression of opinion based on fact. Students practice thinking critically and organize and hone their writing to ensure clarity and correctness in their messages. Critical Thinking and Writing lays the foundation for a subsequent research-writing course.

JSS-1001: Job Search and Success

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of how to conduct a job search and how to succeed in the work place. This includes self-reflection, effectively designing a cover letter and resume, online job searches utilizing social media, behavioural based interviewing as well as marketing oneself effectively in a job interview. Job safety, successful work strategies and harassment and discrimination plan of action is also discussed.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

CHM-2106: General Chemistry I

This course will provide an introduction to organic chemistry and selected common functional groups in that field, some of which are important monomers in biological polymers and plastics. Students will also explore physicochemical properties of solutions, such as gas solubility, colligative properties, acidity and osmotic pressure. A large portion of the course investigates the chemistry of reaction processes, including chemical equilibria and the energy balance of chemical reactions as it relates to the flow of heat energy (calorimetry) and electric energy (electrochemistry). Fundamental processes involving nuclear chemistry and the chemistry and control of process water are introduced. Many of these concepts are supported and reinforced in the laboratory portion of the course.

MTH-2904: Mathematics for Technology II

This course contains elements of algebra, and introduces the concept of functions including graphing. It also introduces differential and integral calculus with basic applications.

CHM-2702: Analytical 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.

COM-2043: Communications for Technology

Technical writing differs from most student writing; therefore, it is necessary for students to learn the structure, nuances, and style of technical writing to be successful in completing labs, summaries, and reports. Through research writing and documentation, and through oral presentations, successful students will gain important transferrable skills that provide the basis for technical communication required in their other coursework and the workplace.

BIO-2306: Biochemistry

This introductory course covers the structure and function of the biological macromolecules, the structure, metabolism and genetics of eukaryotes and prokaryotes, and an introduction to microbiology and biotechnology. Laboratory component provides the learners with hands-on experience in exercises which complement the lecture material. This course is designed to provide the detailed theory and refined skills needed for further study in microbiology and biotechnology.

OHS-2012: Health and Safety for Industrial Processes

The graduate of this course will have a good understanding of safety aspects of the law, the legal responsibilities of the workplace, and his/her own legal rights and responsibilities, as well as work processes and procedures being used in present-day industry. This course will give them a basic understanding of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and its associated Regulations, and an understanding of health and safety issues in an industrial setting.

CHM-3106: General Chemistry III

This course furthers the fundamental chemistry gained previously by continuing topics in organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. Topics covered prepare students for more advanced concepts covered in later course areas. The laboratory portion is designed to augment theory with appropriate techniques and methodology.

STA-1903: Statistics for Technology

This course contains descriptive statistics, basic probability, and regression analysis. The course also includes binomial distribution, normal distribution, Student's t-distribution and F-distribution. The statistical ideas of sampling, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing are introduced. This course also includes elements statistical process control, and system reliability.

CHM-3706: Analytical - Physical and Spectrometry Methods

The student will be introduced to good laboratory practices for analytical labs and appropriate lab record keeping. In each area listed next, both theory and practical understanding is developed. Physical methods of analysis will cover gravimetry, calorimetry and stress-stain evaluations. Electrochemcial methods of conductivity, and pH are covered and electromagnetic methods, focusing on infrared, Atomic Absorption, and Atomic Emission

CHM-2812: Introduction to Industrial Chemical Processes

This course, specifically designed to support students involved in Process Technology and related technology programs, examines the development of industrial complexes, refining and petrochemical and petroleum products, plastics and rubbers (polymers), and the manufacture of ammonia, steel and aluminum. Basic principles of industrial chemistry process units and energy production, with particular focus on nuclear power, are reviewed and applied to typical processes drawn from a variety of industry sectors. This course also includes a brief overview of the general factors which lead to the development of a petrochemical complex, with particular emphasis on the history and subsequent development of the Sarnia-Lambton industrial complex.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

BIO-4306: Biotechnology

This introductory course focuses on the theoretical background and practical application of the techniques employed in microbiology and biotechnology. Microbiological techniques include aseptic techniques, microscopy, and the use differential staining, growth media and metabolic tests. Biotechnological techniques include those utilized in cell culture, fermentation, and genetic engineering. An overview of the regulation, history and ethics of biotechnology will be explored. Laboratory exercises and lectures will provide the tools and basic knowledge to understand the application of techniques to the industrial, agricultural, environmental and medical fields of biotechnology.

CHM-4903: 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.

CHM-4706: Analytical - Separation and Imaging Methods

This course continues the exploration of analytical technology, beginning with the topics of sampling techniques. In this unit the students will learn about strategies for how and where samples are collected, and how they are stored and prepared. In the second unit chromatography in many of its variants is explored. The mechanisms of component separation are presented along with the hardware components of a typical system and how the generated data is analyzed. Some methods for improvement of separation are covered. In the third unit, methods of microscopy are covered, from the many optical methods to electron imaging and atomic force microscopy. In the final unit, a survey of new and potential methods are examined.

ENV-6114: Environmental Management

Leading-edge process operations are successful when the end product is produced safely and in an environmentally sound way. Modern technologists in the process industry are called on to carry out a wide range of tasks including environmental source control. This course is designed to develop a basic understanding of industrial process impact on environment, strategies of environmental protection as well as to appreciate responsibilities of process operators towards environment. The course emphasizes the importance of ecosystem concepts, societal demands, communication and environmental laws as they apply to chemical production facilities.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

CPL-1049: Co-op Work Term (optional)

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:

CHM-5706: Natural Health Products

Growing interest in natural health products, led by cannabis legalization, is explored in this course. Scientific work in the area of active components for products like cannabis, ginseng and kombucha will be covered. Sample analysis for active components and sample preparations are the main focus.

CHM-5806: 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-5906: 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 (for example; bio-diesel and bio-ethanol) from renewable resources is also covered.

CHM-5501: Proposal Writing

A student will work with a mentor to develop a proposal for their applied research project occurring in the next term. Steps in the proposal writing process will be covered.

CHM-6109: Applied Lab Skills I

In this course the leaning objectives are met through the lens of an applied research-based question. A student will work with a mentor to solve and explore an identified research problem through implementation of procedures and techniques explored in the preceding semesters of the program. Students will be involved in selecting the appropriate techniques, calibrating and maintaining equipment, and producing valid data for analysis.

CHM-6204: Applied Lab Analysis I

In this course the leaning objectives are met through the lens of an applied research-based question. A student will work with a mentor to design and analyze experiments to solve and explore an identified applied research problem. Students will be responsible for evaluating the quality of the data, statistical analysis of the data, and considering if the data meets compliance of any relevant industry or government standards.

CHM-6503: Scientific Communications and Dissemination I

A student will work with a mentor to plan, communicate and manage the solution to an applied research problem. The emphasis will be on proposal writing, project definition budget creation. Other reporting including health and safety reports, sustainability reports, press releases will be addressed.

One-Week Break

CHM-7109: Applied Lab Skills II

In this course the leaning objectives are met through the lens of an applied research-based question. Students will work on a research problem through implementation of procedures and techniques explored in the preceding semesters of the program. Students will be involved in selecting the appropriate techniques, calibrating, and maintaining equipment, and producing valid data for analysis.

CHM-7204: Applied Lab Analysis II

In this course the leaning objectives are met through the lens of an applied research-based question. The course will build on the project of Applied Lab Skills I, with the student expanding the experimental techniques used to address their question. Students will be involved in selecting and the appropriate techniques, calibrating and maintaining equipment, and producing valid data for analysis and managing timelines for completion of the project.

CHM-7503: Scientific Communication and Dissemination II

In this course students will document the completion of a project to demonstrate the culmination of their applied knowledge. Students will approach the project completion with a real-world focus on applied research to deliver tangible value to clients. Students will be expected to prepare professional level project documentation and communication through the lenses of budget, sustainability reporting, media/press release, and final project summary.

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Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment as chemical laboratory technologists in a range of settings including, research laboratories, government agencies, educational institutions and technical sales, and in industries such as pharmaceutical and bio-technology, cosmetics and consumer health products, petroleum, mining, water and wastewater, solid waste, environmental protection, energy and food science.

Career positions may include, but are not limited to: analytical technician, bio-chemistry technician, biological lab technician, chemical analyst or lab technician, formulation technician, pilot plant technician, quality control technician, validation and documentation technician, laboratory services following ISO 17025 standards.

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