Friday – January 18, 2019

Chemical Processing Technician (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences / Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 31-603-1

For Information: 414-297-6584
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC


Overview – Apply your interests in preparing chemical solutions and using chemical apparatus to the work performed in industrial operations.

This one-year program focuses on the role of a chemical processor through the structure and operations of an industrial chemical plant. The responsibilities and functions of the various plant activities are examined from the perspective of the chemical process technician working in a pilot plant operation and/or industrial chemical processing.

Career Outlook – Employment prospects for program graduates are strong, locally and nationally. Success in the workplace requires the ability to work independently and accurately, with a minimum level of supervision. 

Employers will require you to  demonstrate the ability to follow standard operating procedures, utilizing six sigma and lean methodologies, and have compliance with regulatory rules and company policies related to manufacturing the products.

Career Pathway– After earning this technical diploma, your credits can be applied toward completing the Chemical Technician associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

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Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect program graduates to:

  • Apply knowledge of chemical apparatus, equipment and procedures in various production, research and control operations
  • Communicate and receive precise chemical data and procedures
  • Use software for process control and chemical inventory
  • Understand and practice plant safety procedures, understand and use safety data sheets and global harmonization system
  • Maintain, clean, or sterilize chemical processing equipment
  • Develop or conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of raw materials, chemical intermediates, or products
  • Monitor product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications
  • Prepare chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized formulas, or create experimental formulas
  • Demonstrate initiative and willingness to learn and grow in responsibility on the job

Admission Requirements  — The following are required for admission to the program:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • One year of high school chemistry, or equivalent
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment

Possible Careers
Pilot Plant Technician
Quality Control Lab Technician
Process Control Technician

Related Programs
Chemical Technician
Associate in Science: Chemical Technology Track
Medical Laboratory Technician
Environmental Health and Water Quality Technology

Start Dates: August and January

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students




(1)  CHEMT-101

Chemical Laboratory/Process Safety ‡



(1)  CHEMT-103

Introduction to Chemical Technology



(1)  CHEMT-111

General Chemistry 1 ‡
(or) NATSCI-211 Chemistry 1 ‡



(1)  CHEMT-105

Introduction to Instrumental Methods



(1)  ENG-151

Communication Skills 1 ‡
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡



(2)  CHEMT-112

General Chemistry 2 ‡
(or) NATSCI-212 Chemistry 2 ‡



(2)  MATH-197

College Algebra and Trigonometry with Applications ‡ 
(or) MATH-230 College Algebra and Trigonometry ‡



(2)  NATSCI-137

Comprehensive Technical Physics ‡
(or) NATSCI-274 Calculus-Based Physics 1 ‡



(3)  CHEMT-107 Instrumental Methods of Analysis ‡
(3) CHEMT-116

Instrumental Analysis ‡
(or) NATSCI-216 Instrumental Analysis ‡

(3)  CHEMT-117
Organic Chemistry 1 ‡
(or) NATSCI-217 Organic Chemistry 1 ‡

(3) CHEMT-119
Organic Chemistry Lab 1 ‡
(or) NATSCI-219 Organic Chemistry Lab 1 ‡





‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For course descriptions, class times and locations, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Page updated March 2017.