This program trains individuals to become chemical process technicians.
Chemical process technicians use different processes within many sectors of the chemical industry: petrochemical product refining and transformation; electrochemistry and electrolysis; polymerization; and, bioprocess (including treatment of discharges). All of the processes are used in either continuous or discontinuous modes.
Chemical process technicians work in small and medium-sized businesses as well as in larger companies. They are responsible for overseeing the operation and proper functioning of machines and equipment as well as optimizing production. They analyze information gathered by measurement instruments, conduct laboratory analyses, ensure the proper functioning of production equipment, regulate flow, temperature, pressure and levels, and handle the start-up and stopping of machines and equipment. They must also perform preventive maintenance and minor repairs. All tasks must be carried out effectively and safely, in keeping with environmental and quality standards.
Generally speaking, technicians work as part of a team. Depending on the type of company they work for, they might be under the supervision of production managers, day-shift supervisors, factory managers, head technicians and team leaders. In certain cases, teams may be self-directed.
The specialized skills provided through this program address the main processes used in Quebec, thereby ensuring students’ versatility within the field. General skills enable students to master different machines and equipment, and foster students’ ability to adapt to different technologies.
This program aims to help students become more autonomous as well as develop their sense of observation and problem-solving abilities.