Analytical Chemical Technology Program

The Analytical Chemistry Technology Program (ACT) will be a two-year, four semester program for full-time study and will require the completion of 70 credits. 

This program will provide instrumental analysis skills that will equip students to readily enter laboratories, becoming productive employees with a minimum of specific job orientation and training. The program will provide graduates with a solid understanding of the protocols common to analytical laboratories including sampling and sample preparation, quality control, instrumental analysis and calibration, and data processing and interpretation. In particular, this program will involve thorough integration of statistical analysis, and quality control/quality assurance (QA/QC) within its curriculum while stressing effective and relevant report writing and communication skills. Students can also expect extensive experience with a variety of the modern instruments they will encounter in future work environments, to be trained in safe and environmentally sound laboratory practices, to develop technical report writing and public presentation skills, and to develop experience in the team-work approach to problem solving.

Admission to the second year of the program will require completion of Occupational First Aid Level 1 and WHMIS training. It is recommended students obtain this training prior to admission to the program.

Graduates can seek employment as trained chemical analysts in a wide variety of laboratories in industry, government, and institutions. These could include academic, environmental, chemical, mining/smelting, pulp and paper, petrochemical, food, beverage, brewer and vintner, and health laboratories. Graduates of the ACT program may have the option of pursuing Bachelor of Technology programs at other institutions in British Columbia and across Canada, or other Bachelor degrees that have completion of a two-year diploma level program as the admission requirements. The Analytical Chemistry Technology program is currently seeking national accreditation by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) which would allow graduates to be eligible for professional registration as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.) after two years of related work experience.

For more information, please contact the Chemistry Department Chair at the information given below.  We also ask you to consider completing our information survey.

Leonard Lermer
Department of Chemistry
Okanagan College
1000 K.L.O. Road
Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 4X8
phone: 250-762-5445 ext 4342
fax: 250-862-5430