The Chemical Laboratory Technology program provides graduates with knowledge in the core sciences as well as problem solving fundamentals for chemistry, biochemistry, physics and math. This program now occupies a unique position where graduates demonstrate firm problem solving abilities that can be applied across the largest number of industries from pharmaceuticals and the petroleum industry to environmental, nuclear technology and alternative energy. No other program offers such a wide range of employment or further educational opportunities. The scope of the knowledge and skills that come from this program is unparalleled and graduates are highly sought after by employers across a broad spectrum of industries.
Solid business and industry partnerships provide students the opportunity to participate in R&D projects
Third year placement to conduct a research project
This program gives the graduate unparalleled versatility in the job market
Since chemistry is the central science, this program offers the greatest number of pathways to university education
Career opportunities include pharmaceuticals, petroleum, food, mining, electroplating, wine/spirits, paints, polymers, plastics, computer materials, manufacturing, environmental, water treatment, consulting, pulp and paper, automotive, agricultural, ethanol, nuclear technology, government agencies, new materials, solar energy, wind energy, geological, fuel cell technology, biochemical, forensics, optics, nanotechnology and more.
These are broad categories of industries where specific job opportunities can be found in quality control, process, sales, research and development, supervision and management. A Chemistry Diploma can get you a job anywhere in North America or the globe since that skill set is in such demand. The United Nations sanctioned 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry in part because of this need! Any of our graduates who have been willing to explore job opportunities throughout Ontario and even Canada/United States have found employment within six months of graduation.
University of Windsor: graduates with 3.00 cumulative grade point average or better are eligible to receive credit for:
-up to 17 of the 30 credits required for the 3-year General Science Degree (B.Sc.)
-up to 17 of the 40 credits required for the 4-year Chemistry Degree (B.Sc.)
The Chemical Laboratory Technology program at St. Clair College has set my life on to an exciting track. I had a science degree from the University of Windsor and wanted to expand my technical knowledge in the lab environment. My degree and diploma complimented each other and really expanded my future options. The two institutions willingness to work together made the transition easy for me.
The relationships that I developed with instructors and students was the best part. Students were willing to help each other and the instructors went out of their way to prepare you for the real work environment.
I now have the position of Hazardous Materials Technician at the University of Windsor. I am able to put the knowledge from the St. Clair program to work. The options for any student taking program are outstanding.
- Candy Donaldson
Reflecting on my own career, the Chemical Engineering Program at the St. Clair College was the perfect choice for me at that time in my life and helped me to balance my financial limitations while ensuring my ability to pursue my scholastic aspirations.
Firstly, the College was firm in helping me to develop the discipline and practical knowledge required for chemical sciences and their related industries. This made me employable in a job where I could both use my skills but that would also then assist me in furthering my education. In addition, the genuine interest of my teachers at the College inspired my own passion for the sciences and contributed to my subsequent decision to attend the University of Windsor and pursue biochemical research. Moreover, the practical laboratory skills I learned while at St. Clair were a direct benefit in helping me to obtain summer assistantships at a University lab, the same lab where I would ultimately work towards and obtain my PhD.
I think most importantly, the College was instrumental in opening my mind, establishing my academic confidence and helping to open the doors that would lead to my own success and fulfillment. Ultimately, this has led me to pursue post-doctoral studies at the Harvard Institute of Proteomics in Boston, Massachusetts with the hope of returning to Canada where I can one day run my own University research laboratory to train and inspire young minds to answer biochemical questions, while never forgetting the people and institutions that started me on my journey.
For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.