22100 – Chemical technologists and technicians



22100 – Chemical technologists and technicians
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, educational and government establishments.


Index of titles
Analytical chemistry technician
Analytical chemistry technologist
Biochemistry laboratory technician
Biochemistry laboratory technologist
Biochemistry technician (except medical)
Biochemistry technologist
Biochemistry technologist (except medical)
Brewery technician
Brewery technician - applied chemistry
Cellulose film solutions tester
Chemical analysis specialist
Chemical analyst
Chemical engineering technician
Chemical engineering technologist
Chemical forensic lab analyst
Chemical laboratory analyst
Chemical laboratory supervisor
Chemical laboratory technician
Chemical laboratory technologist
Chemical process analyst
Chemical process technologist
Chemical processing laboratory tester
Chemical processing quality control technician
Chemical processing quality control technologist
Chemical products quality control technologist
Chemical research technician
Chemical research technologist
Chemical technician
Chemical technician - heavy water plant and nuclear generating station
Chemical technologist
Compressed gases tester
Crime scene examiner
Documents examiner - applied chemistry
Dyeing and finishing technician
Dyeing and finishing technologist
Dyeing technician
Fingerprint identification technician
Food processing quality control technician
Food processing quality control technologist
Food technician
Food technologist
Forensic examiner - alcohol
Forensic handwriting expert
Forensic laboratory technician
Forest products technologist
Formulation technician
Fuel technician
Gas chromatographer
Geochemical technician
Geochemical technologist
Home economics technologist
Industrial hygiene technologist
Laboratory assistant - applied chemistry
Laboratory tester
Laboratory tester - pulp and paper
Latent fingerprint examiner
Mass spectrometer technician
Mass spectrometer technologist
Mass spectrometry technician
Master dyer - textiles
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) chemical technician
Paint technician
Petrochemical engineering technician
Petrochemical engineering technologist
Petrochemical laboratory technologist
Petroleum processing tester
Petroleum research technologist
Petroleum tester
Pharmaceuticals and toiletries inspector
Pharmaceuticals inspector
Pilot plant technician
Pilot plant technologist
Plastics and synthetic resins technician
Polymers tester
Production technician - pharmaceuticals
Quality control technician - cannabis
Quality control technician - chemical processing
Quality control technician - chemistry
Quality control technician - food processing
Quality control technologist - chemical processing
Quality control technologist - food processing
Spectroscopic technologist
Synthetic textiles technician
Technician - pharmaceutical production
Textile colour technologist
Textile dye technician
Textile dyeing technician
Titanium pigment test analyst
Water purification technician


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following 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 development of and compliance with standards
Assist in synthesis of small molecules for the purpose of creating drug candidates
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.


Employment requirements
Chemical technologists usually require completion of a two- or three-year college program in chemical, biochemical or chemical engineering technology or a closely related discipline.
Chemical technicians usually require completion of a one- or two-year college program in chemical, biochemical or chemical engineering technology.
National certification for chemical technologists and technicians is available through the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology.
Certification in chemical engineering technology or in a related field is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required by employers.
Chemical technologists and technicians are regulated in Quebec and Alberta.
A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.


Additional information
Considerable mobility is possible among jobs within this occupational group.
Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.
Some chemical technologists and technicians working in support of fundamental research in chemistry or biochemistry are university graduates.


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