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Chemical Technologists and Technicians

Other titles : chemical analyst, laboratory tester, pharmaceuticals and toiletries inspector, quality control technologist, chemical products

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Description :

Chemical technologists and technicians provide technical support and services or may work independently in chemical engineering, chemical and biochemical research and analysis, industrial chemistry, chemical quality control and environmental protection. They are employed by research and development and quality control laboratories, consulting engineering companies, in chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and a variety of other manufacturing and processing industries, and by utilities, health, education and government establishments.

Main duties :

Chemical technologists

  • set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests and analyses using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical and chemical separation techniques and microscopy;
  • operate and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus and prepare solutions of gas or liquid, reagents, and sample formulations;
  • compile records and interpret experimental or analytical results;
  • develop and conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of raw materials, chemical intermediates and products;
  • assist in the development of chemical engineering processes, studies of chemical engineering procurement, construction, inspection and maintenance and the development of standards, procedures and health and safety measures;
  • operate experimental chemical or petrochemical pilot plants;
  • conduct or assist in air and water quality testing and assessments, environmental monitoring and protection activities and in the development of and compliance with standards;
  • assist in the design and fabrication of experimental apparatus.

Chemical technicians

  • assist in setting up and conducting chemical experiments, tests and analyses;
  • operate and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus and prepare solutions of gas and liquid, reagents and sample formulations;
  • compile records for analytical studies;
  • assist in developing and conducting programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards;
  • carry out a limited range of other technical functions in support of chemical research, tests and analyses, and environmental air and water quality monitoring and protection;
  • assist in the design and fabrication of experimental apparatus.

Regions where this career
has the best propspects:

  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Outaouais
  • Estrie
  • Côte-Nord
  • Nord-du-Québec
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Montérégie
  • Centre-du-Québec

Training

DIPLOMA OF COLLEGE STUDIES (DCS)

 

Programs

LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY

PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY

 

Training programs available in French only

ASSAINISSEMENT DE L'EAU

TECHNIQUES DE GÉNIE CHIMIQUE

TECHNIQUES DE PROCÉDÉES CHIMIQUES

TECHNOLOGIE DES PROCÉDÉS ET DE LA QUALITÉ DES ALIMENTS

TECHNOLOGIE DES PÂTES ET PAPIERS

 

Program length : 3 years

 

 

Other training

Occupation targeted under the Workplace Apprenticeship Program.

This program was created by Commission des partenaires du marché du travail and Emploi-Québec in partnership with sector-based labor force committees.

It supports workplace apprenticeship and skill recognition programs.

Training and skill evaluation are under the supervision of an experienced worker. Once the apprenticeship is finished and skills are mastered by the apprentice, a certificate of qualification is issued and recorded in a government registry.

For more information on the Workplace Apprenticeship Program, see the Emploi-Québec website