The Chemical Technology Operator Certificate prepares students for positions in process technology industries, including chemical blending, processing, and manufacturing; food/beverages; pharmaceuticals; bioscience; and petrochemicals.

Students gain technical skills needed to manage basic control of systems and devices to monitor levels, temperatures, pressures, and transfer of products. Students also learn basic operation of pumps, valves, and vessels, as well as safety and quality standards.

Students who earn the certificate may continue their education in the Chemical Technology associate’s degree program.

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Chemical Technology (CMT)


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Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Monitor and maintain chemical plant machinery and equipment to produce, refine and pump chemicals, oil, gas and petroleum
  • Oversee the production process of a chemical plant facility
  • Improve the quality, efficiency and safety of the manufacturing plant

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Chemical Operator

Graduate Employment Outlook

Opportunities for employment in the region are very good, since about 24% of currently-employed chemical operators are at or near retirement age.

$20-$25 per hour

Graduate Starting Salary Projections


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Effective 2023-2024 academic year

  Chemical Technology Operator Certificate (CMTOC)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
ENG 101 English Composition 1 3 0 3
CMT 171 Chemical Operator 1 3 2 4
CMT 111 Chemical Technology 1 0 3 1
CHE 100 Basic Chemistry 2 2 3
MAT 124 Applied Algebra and Geometry 3 2 4
Semester 2
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3 0 3
CMT 112 Chemical Technology 2 0 3 1
CMT 172 Chemical Operator 2 3 2 4
EVT 115 OSHA 40-Hour Course 2 2 3
EVT 187 Materials Transportation Safety and Security 1 2 2
EVT 160 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 2 3 3
Total Credits: 22 21 31
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• This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
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