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Chemical Engineering Technologist

Chemical engineering technologists work in process design, plant engineering, environmental control, engineering sales and plant operations.

  • Avg. Salary $62,913.00
  • Avg. Wage $30.64
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 2,300
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Engineering Technologist, Laboratory Technician / Technologist, Operations Engineering Technologist, Process Engineering Technologist, Technical Account Manager, Technical Support Representative.

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Chemical Technologists (2211.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Chemical Technologists and Technicians (C111) 
  • 2011 NOC: Chemical technologists and technicians (2211) 
Interest Codes
The Chemical Engineering Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Chemical Technologists
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to operate and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus, to operate chemical and petrochemical pilot plants, and to conduct air and water quality testing and assessments

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing data to develop and conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of raw materials, chemical intermediates and products

METHODICAL

Interest in supervising to oversee environmental monitoring and protection activities and compliance with standards; in assisting in the development of chemical engineering processes, standards, procedures and health and safety measures; in assisting in studies of chemical engineering procurement, construction, inspection and maintenance; and in preparing solutions of gas and liquid, reagents and sample formulations

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Chemical engineering technologists may work in engineering or sales offices, or in petrochemical and production facilities.

In engineering offices, they may work on process engineering, operation engineering, production engineering, or project co-ordination. In general, they work alone or as part of a team to:

  • run computer-based process simulations
  • provide technical engineering support
  • solve problems
  • improve operations
  • prepare engineering drawings
  • assess and prepare regulatory applications
  • redesign process equipment.

In technical sales offices, they:

  • connect plant engineering personnel and equipment suppliers
  • prepare quotes and technical documents
  • co-ordinate projects.

In petrochemical and production facilities, they:

  • operate process control equipment
  • gather plant operating data for design purposes
  • do feasibility studies
  • manage production
  • supervise construction.

They may also:

  • help with environmental assessments and audits
  • decommission facilities
  • do site reclamation work
  • prepare cost estimates and construction schedules (for production facilities)
  • help design new processes and plants
  • assess whether to change, replace, or install new equipment or chemistries
  • find ways to maximize production
  • prepare process and instrument drawings
  • design and apply corrosion management programs (for pressure vessels and pipelines)
  • operate complex plants and processes
  • make process improvements.

Chemical engineering technologists use scientific principles to solve technical problems safely and at the best cost. They may work as designers or operate small-scale equipment models (prototypes). They use these models to design or assess manufacturing processes or equipment.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Chemical engineering technologists may work in offices or plants. In production settings, they may work shifts. Their work can be physically demanding.

  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Chemical engineering technologists need to possess:

  • the ability to pay attention to details
  • persistence
  • accuracy
  • the ability to solve problems
  • the ability to speak and listen well
  • leadership and people skills
  • the ability to work on a team
  • the ability to supervise others

They should enjoy:

  • working with people
  • analyzing data
  • using math to solve problems
  • taking a methodical approach to their work
  • being innovative.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

At minimum, a chemical engineering technologist needs a related 2-year diploma of technology.


Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Certified Engineering Technologist

Under the supervision of a professional engineer or professional technologist in engineering, certified engineering technologists undertake the routine application of industry recognized codes, standards, procedures and practices. They use established engineering, geoscience or applied science principles and methods of problem solving. Duties may include design, production, marketing, testing, quality control, estimating, surveying, inspecting, diagnostic evaluation, supervision, management and technical sales.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and ASET Regulation (PDF), you must be a registered member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to use the title Certified Engineering Technologist (CET). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Certified Engineering Technologist.

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • successful completion of an applied science, engineering or information technology program accredited at the technologist level by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), or equivalent
  • at least 2 years of acceptable technical experience
  • 3 professional references
  • completion of a competency report
  • successful completion of ASET's Professional Practice Exam
  • demonstration of proficiency in English.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Engineering technologists who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta if certified engineering technologists in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization above.

To learn about the certification process for internationally educated engineering technologists, see Mechanical Engineering Technologist Certification Process (PDF) and Electrical Engineering Technologist Certification Process (PDF) on AlbertaCanada.com.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience)

Professional Technologists (Engineering) and Professional Technologists (Geoscience) are currently unique to Alberta. They practise independently in accordance with established methodologies and specifications in the fields of engineering, geology and geophysics, and they have the authority to sign off and stamp work within a prescribed scope of practice.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and Professional Technologists Regulation (PDF), you must be registered as a Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience) by the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to practise engineering, geology or geophysics within a prescribed scope of practice, or to use the titles Professional Technologist (Engineering) or Professional Technologist (Geoscience) or the abbreviations P.Tech. (Eng.) or P.Tech. (Geo.).

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • designation as a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) in good standing
  • at least 6 years of work experience in areas that relate to engineering or geoscience, with at least 2 years under the supervision and control of a Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist in the applicant's proposed area and scope of practice
  • at least 2 years of post-secondary education or 10 years of experience that matches the proposed scope of practice
  • 3 professional references
  • proof of compliance with ASET's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program
  • proficiency in English
  • successful completion of the National Professional Practice Exam.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Professional technologists are currently only recognized in Alberta. They may be eligible for a limited licence with engineering regulatory organizations in other jurisdictions. Information on obtaining a limited licence is available through the regulatory organizations.

A professional technologist may also transfer to another province and receive recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist by completing a transfer form and paying the associated transfer fee. Transfer forms are provided by the provincial regulatory organizations for technologists. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization below.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Chemical engineering technologists usually work on teams. These teams include engineers, other technologists, and technicians. Jobs are often at industrial plants, mills or refineries. They also may work in environmental consulting or in sales of chemicals or equipment. They may work as chemical process operators.

Typical employers are:

  • oil sands and heavy oil extraction plants
  • pipeline companies
  • chemical, fertilizer, and petrochemical producers
  • oil and gas plants
  • food processing companies
  • pulp and paper companies
  • technical sales businesses
  • environmental engineering firms
  • service and consulting firms.

Experienced chemical engineering technologists may advance to senior technical or supervisory roles. Some take more training and teach in technical institutes. Others work as technical writers or in sales for chemical products.

Chemical engineering technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2211: Chemical technologists and technicians. In Alberta, 83% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Chemical engineering technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2211: Chemical technologists and technicians.

According to the 2017 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Chemical technologists and technicians occupational group earned on average from $21.65 to $44.24 an hour. The overall average was $30.64 an hour. To learn more, see the Chemical technologists and technicians wage profile. 

Related High School Subjects
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Information Processing
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
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    • Agriculture
    • Environmental Stewardship
    • Primary Resources
  • Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) website:www.aset.ab.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Supports Centre near you.

Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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