Graduates of this course are able to apply basic principles and techniques of chemical quantitative and qualitative analysis, quality control of raw materials and finished products, and research and development. Learners benefit from the practical hands-on laboratory skills component with up-to-date equipment as well as direct exposure to the work situation.
Opportunities exist for graduates to pursue further educational qualifications. Graduates may apply for associate membership of SACI (South African Chemical Institute).
Employment opportunities exist in research and development laboratories, industries such as detergent, petroleum, plastics, food, metals, pulp and paper and pharmaceuticals and educational institutions. Graduates may be employed in a laboratory or do production work. Quality control and assurance is a field with a growing demand for these graduates. Graduates are able to conduct routine tests on raw materials, products or environmental samples or prepare basic chemical compounds.