Are you good at math and science? If you’re looking for a program that takes advantage of your strengths and can launch you into a good career in just two years, check out the Chemical Technology program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
Chemical technologists are involved in quality control testing, environmental analysis, product R&D and more. You could work in a variety of settings—industrial plants to commercial and government labs. The mining and resource sectors are big employers, but you’ll also find opportunities in agriculture, food, forestry, health and manufacturing.
Chemical Technology is a two-year diploma program offered through Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, Idylwyld Dr. You’ll get a well-rounded foundation in scientific principles and analytic practices—essential building blocks for a flexible career. You’ll build knowledge and skills in:
Learning is hands-on—you’ll spend almost as much time in labs as in the classroom. And you’ll apply what you’ve learned during a four-week industry training session.
Turn your Chemical Technology diploma into a university degree in just two years. Saskatchewan Polytechnic has transfer agreements with the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan. You can also transfer into programs at Athabasca University (Alberta), Memorial University (Newfoundland) and Royal Roads University (B.C.).
Because the program is designed with input from industry, your education matches real-world needs. And that’s why Saskatchewan Polytechnic Science graduates are so highly sought after by employers. A recent survey shows that six months after graduation, 9 out of 10 Chemical Technology graduates are employed in a training-related field.
Chemical technologists can choose from a variety of job possibilities. Saskatchewan Polytechnic graduates are working as laboratory analysts, laboratory technologists, research technical assistants and sales managers.
The mining industry is a major employer, particularly potash and uranium mining companies, but also many smaller exploration companies and agriculture, oil and gas, chemical production, environmental protection, ethanol production, food research, occupational health and pulp and paper industries. Look for jobs in commercial, industrial or government laboratories, or for positions in chemical product sales.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Chemical Technologist||Chemical Technologists and Technicians (2211)||$30,900 - $93,300|
|Laboratory Technologist/Technician||Chemical Technologists and Technicians (2211)||$30,900 - $93,300|
|Quality Control/Assurance Technologist/Technician||Chemical Technologists and Technicians (2211)||$30,900 - $93,300|
Year 1 - 36 weeks; Year 2 - 36 weeks
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Year 1 - $6,400
Year 2 - $6,800
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.