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Chemical Technology Program

The Chemical Technology (Chem Tech) Program is a four semester, career-oriented program, in which students are trained as chemical laboratory technicians. The program is structured to develop fundamentals of chemistry with emphasis on laboratory applications and techniques. This is achieved through “hands on” laboratory experience in CCRI’s new chemistry laboratories using State-of- the art instrumentation (see list).

Course Requirements

Jobs

Graduates are in great demand in the chemical industry (see list) and related fields (see list).

Job Placements within the first six months of graduation are nearly 100% with a starting salary of around $40,000.00 with credits transferring to four-year colleges/universities. (See Transfer Opportunities) A Chem Tec degree creates an open-ended chemistry career. Some graduates have gone on to get their bachelors through doctorate degrees, advancing their careers and increasing their earnings.

Enrolling in the Chem Tech Program:

  • Curriculum is geared towards individuals of all levels of workplace experience and/or education.
  • No prior chemistry experience necessary.
  • Most of the requisite math and basic science skills are taught as part of the Chem Tech program.
  • High School Diploma or GED is sufficient.

Goals of the program

Goal 1: Upon completion of program, students are expected to know and be able to develop a strong “Workplace Ethic”.

Achievement of this outcome is indicated by students exhibiting reliability, promptness and a positive work ethic. Health issues, not withstanding, students are expected to attend all lectures and labs. Furthermore, all work is to be handed in on time.

Goal 2: Upon completion of program, students are expected to know and be able to work effectively as a member of a team.

Achievement of this outcome is indicated by students demonstrating the following:

  • The ability to lead a team by setting direction, providing motivation, delegating tasks and integrating contributions.
  • The ability to effectively participate as part of a multi-disciplinary team by recognizing the potential of, communicating with, and exploiting the talents of persons with differing backgrounds.
  • The ability to effectively communicate orally and in written form.
  • The ability to maintain a lab notebook that is current, accurate, neat and concisely worded.
Goal 3: Upon completion of program, students are expected to know and be able to develop problem solving skills that relate to the chemical process/biotech industries.

Achievement of this outcome is indicated by students demonstrating the following:

  • The ability to conduct experiments and analyze results so as to achieve practical solutions to problems encountered in the chemical process industry.
  • The ability to use computers for information retrieval and as a data management system. Also to observe trends in data and to analyze these trends to achieve practical solutions to problems.
  • The ability to apply knowledge of chemical calculations to help solve problems encountered in the chemical process industry.
  • The ability to apply knowledge of separation technologies to help solve problems encountered in the chemical process industry.
  • The ability to apply knowledge of spectrophotometric, gravimetric and volumetric analyses to help solve problems encountered in the chemical process industry.
  • The ability to apply knowledge of organic synthesis and structure elucidation to help solve problems encountered in the chemical process industry.
Goal 4: Upon completion of program, students are expected to know and be able to maintain a safe and clean laboratory.

Achievement of this outcome is indicated by students exhibiting the following:

  • The ability to keep a clean work area and to correctly interpret the information on MSDS sheets so as to properly dispose of chemical waste.
  • The ability to safely execute a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).