Program Objectives

Enable students to acquire competence in the exercise of the profession, i.e. carrying out the tasks and activities of the profession at the level required for entry into the job market; help students integrate into the working world by familiarizing them with the job market in general and the specific context of the selected profession; foster the students' personal growth and encourage their continuing professional development; ensure students' future job mobility by helping them to acquire career-management skills.

Length of training

Specific (hours)Total (hours)

Total length of training includes general training that is common to all programs for 420 hours, general training for this program for 150 hours as well as complementary general training courses for 90 hours.

Duration of training consists of theory and lab work for courses; personal time that the student invests is excluded.

Program Content

Number or Code Statement of the Competency
027A To analyze information on work environments in applied physics technology
027B To solve mathematics problems related to applied physics
027C To troubleshoot an apparatus used in applied physics
027D To analyze the dynamic and fluid dynamic parts of systems
027E To characterize a component or an apparatus using geometric optics set-ups
027F To validate a method of measurement
027G To assemble applied physics apparatus
027H To use design and simulation software
027J To set up a measuring chain
027K To establish the relationships between atomic models and material properties
027L To characterize materials
027M To analyze thermal systems
027N To characterize a wave, a component or an apparatus using wave optics set-ups
027P To characterize waves, components or apparatus using guided optics set-ups
027Q To program a data acquisition and processing system
027R To set up a positioning system
027S To characterize a wave, a component or an apparatus using acoustic set-ups
027T To develop an applied physics apparatus
027U To develop an applied physics component
027V To participate in setting up and managing a laboratory or production site
027W To participate in improving a manufacturing process in an applied physics context
027X To participate in designing an apparatus or component used in applied physics
Number of hours alloted to specific training: 2130 hours

Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

To be admitted to the program, a person must meet the general requirements for admission set out in the College Education Regulations, as well as the following special conditions, where applicable:

Must have passed the following secondary-level course(s):

• Sec. V TS or S – Secondary V Mathematics: Technical and Scientific (564506) or Science (565506) Options
• Sec. IV EST or SE – Secondary IV Environmental Science and Technology (558404) or Science and the Environment (558402)

Educational Organizations Offering the Program

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Cégep John Abbott

Physical Science Laboratory Technician

Physical science laboratory technicians assist researchers with the design and development of high-tech products. They use optics and acoustic set-ups to characterize components and apparatuses, they characterize materials and participate in setting up and managing a laboratory or production site in applied physics. This is an exciting job that takes place in quiet environments. It requires an aptitude for math, science and technology. This career is for versatile, diligent and methodical people who possess good manual dexterity and enjoy problem solving.

Related Training(s)


Average Salary

Physical Science Laboratory Technician — $31.00

Job Titles

Physical sciences laboratory technician

Targeted Professions

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Labour Market Relation

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