Chemical Process Operator
Associate Degree Program
The Chemical Process Operator curriculum will prepare you for industrial plant employment in the chemical, petroleum refining, polymer and pharmaceutical industries. Laboratory facilities include high tech mechanical equipment, modern instrument trainers, and five pilot plant units.
This program is offered at the Stanton campus.
What You Can Do
In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for employment as a process operator in the following industries:
- Oil Refining
- Power Generation and Alternative Energy
- Water Treatment
- Food and Beverage
What You Can Earn
Competitive starting salaries range from $45,000–$60,000.
What You Will Learn
Program Graduate Competencies
The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.
- Maintain safety, health and environmental standards in a chemical plant.
- Handle, store, and transport chemical materials according to all applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
- Apply chemical process and quality systems.
- Operate, monitor, control, and troubleshoot batch and continuous chemical processes.
- Analyze samples of raw materials, intermediates, and finished products in a chemical plant.
- Perform routine, predictive, and preventive maintenance and service to process equipment and instrumentation.
- Apply mathematical and statistical concepts and principles to analyze and solve chemical process problems.
- Use computers and computerized equipment for communications and chemical process control.
- Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
- Function collaboratively in teams and independently.
Core Curriculum Competencies
The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.
- Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
- Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
- Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
- Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
- Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
- Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.