This Biotechnology program is a nationally accredited offering that will prepare you to work as a bench technician (in quality control and quality assurance) in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
During your training, you will receive practical application in industrial microbiology as well as chemistry (analytical), organic and biochemistry. Laboratory techniques, including appropriate safety procedures, will also be extensively highlighted.
A special feature of the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science program will be a project approach that will use independently designed microbiology projects to enhance your problem-solving and research skills.
In the Biotechnology program, you will learn to:
Isolate, enumerate and identify microorganisms from many types of samples (water, soil, air, your body, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products);
Prepare specimens for staining and become an expert light-microscopist;
Become proficient in aseptic handling of materials;
Accurately calibrate and use a range of instruments such as pH and BOD meters, gas chr
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
Intro to Biological Systems
College Communications 1
Occupational Health and Safety
Microcomputer Applications for Technology A
Mathematics for Applied Science
Inorganic Chem. for Microbiology
College Communications 2
Statistics for Applied Science
Microbiology Project 1
Report Writing in a Technical Environment
Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action
Microbiology Project 2
Recombinant DNA Technology
General Education Elective
Quality Assurance Technician
Microbiology Lab Technician
Chemist – Calibration
Analytical Chemist / Microbiologist
Microbiology Lab Analyst
QC Raw Material Analyst
Areas of Employment
Not only does national accreditation support program quality, it will also provide mobility once you graduate. Additionally, you will be eligible to apply for certification through the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) to use the CTech (Certified Technician) professional designation. Graduates typically start their careers as quality control technicians.
The growing field of environmental protection will offer a range of challenging opportunities. Besides laboratory work, you may choose to work in product development, production or sales management.
Among the industries in which you may launch a career will be:
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Post-Secondary Program Biotechnology Technician - Industrial Microbiology
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