Overview

Work in a chemical laboratory, manufacturing facility, environmental laboratory, or chemical processing plant with this certificate. You’ll be assisting engineers and chemists as an operator, process technician, or manufacturing technician.

The Chemical Technology certificate (CHT) is a three-semester 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. Chemical technicians work primarily as assistants to engineers and chemists doing basic research, manufacturing, analyses, and quality control. There is a significant need for qualified technicians to assist chemists, chemical engineers, and the allied materials industries to implement new technological advances and to develop new materials and new analytical techniques. The certificate goes well with the Chemical Process Technology Certificate to create an Associate in General Technology degree.

Certificate curricula are reviewed and updated periodically in response to community and industry demands. The student is cautioned to discuss certificate choices and course selections with an academic and career advisor before each registration cycle.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(13 Credit Hours)
CHM-110 College Chemistry I

College Chemistry I

ID: CHM-110

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first course in a sequence that includes the following topics: atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria.

4
MAT-110 College Algebra

College Algebra

ID: MAT-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; simple linear programming; solutions of higher degree polynomials; combinatorial algebra, including the binomial theorem; and introduction to probability.

3
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
EGR-120 Engineering Computer Applications

Engineering Computer Applications

ID: EGR-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the utilization of applications software to solve engineering technology problems.

3
Semester 2
(13 Credit Hours)
QAT-102 Quality Concepts and Techniques

Quality Concepts and Techniques

ID: QAT-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the basic theory and concepts of quality. The total quality system, basic statistics, variable control charts, and the commitment to quality are emphasized.

3
CHT-250 Methods in Analytical Chemistry I

Methods in Analytical Chemistry I

ID: CHT-250

Credit Hours: 3

Topics in this course include wet chemistry techniques & standard non-automated laboratory procedures used in engineering and manufacturing environments, including separations, titrations, gravimetric analysis, volumetric analysis, pH, refractive index, molecular weight & other standard procedures.

3
EGR-170 Engineering Materials

Engineering Materials

ID: EGR-170

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the properties, material behaviors, and applications of materials used in engineering structures and products.

3
CHM-111 College Chemistry II

College Chemistry II

ID: CHM-111

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a continuation of the study of atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria. Other topics included are kinetics, thermodynamics,and electrochemistry.

4
Semester 3
(9 Credit Hours)
CHT-275 Chemical Process Technology

Chemical Process Technology

ID: CHT-275

Credit Hours: 3

Topics in this course include lecture & labs designed to teach systematic methods for the qauntitative description of chemical engineering systems including the theory of chemical processing, modeling, simulation, process control, systems control & analytical software common in the industry.

3
CHT-252 Methods in Analytical Chemistry II

Methods in Analytical Chemistry II

ID: CHT-252

Credit Hours: 3

Topics in this course include the theory & operation of instruments used for chemical analysis in engineering and manufacturing environments including spectroscopy, chromatography, & electrochemical analyses among others. It covers both automated and semi-automated systems, sample preparation, etc.

3
CHT-230 Survey in Engineering Chemistry

Survey in Engineering Chemistry

ID: CHT-230

Credit Hours: 3

Topics in this course include supplement to general chemistry with emphasis on engineering applications, basic physical chemistry principles,organics and the properties of polymers, chemical nomenclature, chemical thermodynamics and other topics of interest to the chemical technician.

3
      Total Credit Hours 35
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$6,580.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(7 Credit Hours)
CHM-110 College Chemistry I

College Chemistry I

ID: CHM-110

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first course in a sequence that includes the following topics: atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria.

4
MAT-110 College Algebra

College Algebra

ID: MAT-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; simple linear programming; solutions of higher degree polynomials; combinatorial algebra, including the binomial theorem; and introduction to probability.

3
Semester 2
(6 Credit Hours)
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
EGR-120 Engineering Computer Applications

Engineering Computer Applications

ID: EGR-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the utilization of applications software to solve engineering technology problems.

3
Semester 3
(6 Credit Hours)
QAT-102 Quality Concepts and Techniques

Quality Concepts and Techniques

ID: QAT-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the basic theory and concepts of quality. The total quality system, basic statistics, variable control charts, and the commitment to quality are emphasized.

3
CHT-250 Methods in Analytical Chemistry I

Methods in Analytical Chemistry I

ID: CHT-250

Credit Hours: 3

Topics in this course include wet chemistry techniques & standard non-automated laboratory procedures used in engineering and manufacturing environments, including separations, titrations, gravimetric analysis, volumetric analysis, pH, refractive index, molecular weight & other standard procedures.

3
Semester 4
(7 Credit Hours)
EGR-170 Engineering Materials

Engineering Materials

ID: EGR-170

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the properties, material behaviors, and applications of materials used in engineering structures and products.

3
CHM-111 College Chemistry II

College Chemistry II

ID: CHM-111

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a continuation of the study of atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria. Other topics included are kinetics, thermodynamics,and electrochemistry.

4
Semester 5
(9 Credit Hours)
CHT-275 Chemical Process Technology

Chemical Process Technology

ID: CHT-275

Credit Hours: 3

Topics in this course include lecture & labs designed to teach systematic methods for the qauntitative description of chemical engineering systems including the theory of chemical processing, modeling, simulation, process control, systems control & analytical software common in the industry.

3
CHT-252 Methods in Analytical Chemistry II

Methods in Analytical Chemistry II

ID: CHT-252

Credit Hours: 3

Topics in this course include the theory & operation of instruments used for chemical analysis in engineering and manufacturing environments including spectroscopy, chromatography, & electrochemical analyses among others. It covers both automated and semi-automated systems, sample preparation, etc.

3
CHT-230 Survey in Engineering Chemistry

Survey in Engineering Chemistry

ID: CHT-230

Credit Hours: 3

Topics in this course include supplement to general chemistry with emphasis on engineering applications, basic physical chemistry principles,organics and the properties of polymers, chemical nomenclature, chemical thermodynamics and other topics of interest to the chemical technician.

3
      Total Credit Hours 35
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$6,580.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Chemical Technician

A chemical technician assists chemists and chemical engineers research, develop, produce, and test chemical products and processes by using laboratory techniques and instruments. They usually work full-time in laboratories or manufacturing facilities where they conduct experiments and monitor production processes.

Average Annual Salary

$76,848

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Nuclear Energy Suppliers
  • Paper and Packaging Manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical Corporations
  • Resin and Fiber Producers
  • Water Treatment Corporations

Careers

Chemical Operator

Chemical operators maintain plant machines such as mixers, vessels, and the control functions. Chemical operators also oversee the production process to ensure it runs smoothly and safely and produces a quality product.

Projected Job Growth

+31.6%

Average Annual Salary

$50,990

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Nuclear Energy Suppliers
  • LED Lightning Manufacturers
  • Paper and Packaging Manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical Corporations
  • Resin and Fiber Producers
  • Water Treatment Corporations

Careers

Water Treatment Operator

Water treatment plant and system operators work in water treatment plants to run the equipment, control the processes, and monitor the plants that treat water to make it safe.

Projected Job Growth

+10.5%

Average Annual Salary

$41,183

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Water Treatment Corporations

What’s next after I complete this program?

Go straight to the workforce

Graduates of this certificate can immediately enter the workforce, getting jobs as chemical plant operators, chemical technicians, or water treatment operators.

Associate in Applied Science in General Technology at MTC

Graduates of this certificate can take additional coursework in general education areas as well as specialized coursework in the area of Chemical Process Technology to complete an associate degree.