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What do Pepsi, Pharmaceuticals & Water and Waste have in common?

April 30, 2013

PepsiCo, Pharmaceutical companies and the City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department have all hired graduates from Red River College’s Chemical & Bioscience Technology program. There is a great deal of crossover from industry to industry which means that career possibilities are broad and transferrable.

Many people think of the careers that we are most exposed to when you think about applying science to the job market. Careers like becoming a nurse, working in the medical field, are top of mind. But what if you love science but you don’t want to work hands on with people? Chemical & Biosciences Technology is a program that offers you skills that might be obscure to many of us….how does a program like this apply to the real world you ask?

Career options are broad and cover many industries – what’s even better, is the coop term is an opportunity to showcase their skills in industry allowing them to graduate with work experience! Here are a few examples very different example of what graduates of this program have done afterwards:

A graduate of the program in 2001 had worked in a couple different research and development institutes before joining Pepsi Co. as a Quality Assurance Technician. She worked as a QC (Quality Control) technician for over 6 years at Pepsi and the work included continually testing products that were manufactured to ensure they could be released for sale. This work involved performing a variety of chemistry based tests to ensure products met their specifications.She left Pepsi to return to Red River College as an educational assistant where she is now working with current students to prepare them for similar career opportunities.

A graduate of the program in 2012 had enrolled in the program because he had an interest in pursuing a more advanced career in the Pharmaceutical Industry. The student was able to work two consecutive co-op terms (part of his education at Red River College) at Apotex Fermentation Incorporated, one of the leaders in the Pharmaceutical Industry in Canada. He has since obtained a full time position with AFI.

A graduate of the program in 2004 has been working in variety of roles within the Analytical Services division of the City of Winnipeg’s Water and Waste department.  Along with many other graduates of the program, he has have been able to secure stable long term employment with the city. This work includes collection and analysis of samples from various locations and points within Winnipeg’s water treatment processes.

For more information about this program, please visit To register for this program, please visit There will also be an information session for registered and interested students at Notre Dame Campus on Monday, June 3 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Room A337.