Chemical Technician

Technology Careers

About the Career

Many South Carolina industries are seeking chemical technicians for promising careers as process operators or lab technicians. Graduates of the MTC Chemical Technology program work in laboratories, manufacturing plants and environmental facilities under the supervision of engineers and scientists.Employers include chemical, textile or pharmaceutical companies, paper mills and environmental testing laboratories.

Chemical plant operators, under the supervision of engineers, run the commercial scale chemical processes and maintain the plant equipment. They are trained to understand how the equipment functions and how process controllers operate.

Chemical laboratory technicians generally work in quality-control labs under the supervision of chemists, where they use laboratory equipment to analyze samples from the chemical processes. Technicians also run lab-scale chemical experiments to help solve plant problems or develop new processes.

Academic Programs

Chemical Technology

The Chemical Technology certificate (CHT) is a three-semester (two regular semesters and one summer session) program that prepares students for employment as technicians playing a major role in the synthesis, manufacture, and analysis of engineered materials, and basic chemical constituents and intermediates.

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Environmental Systems Technology

The Environmental Systems Technology Certificate is a two-semester program that covers the fundamentals of analytical instrumentation, water treatment principles, and environmental systems technology.

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Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. They can earn a degree, certificate, or diploma at MTC or transfer to another school to complete their studies. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

Academic Programs


Training students—sometimes called "Continuing Education" students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They don't have to apply to the college; they can register directly for classes. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

Training Programs