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Chemical Engineering Technology

 What does it mean to major in Chemical Engineering Technology?

The chemical engineering technology program is a two-year curriculum leading to the Associate’s of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.  Students completing this program are prepared to enter the workforce as a chemical technician or process operator. Students majoring in chemical engineering technology will learn the important hands-on skills and develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills needed to work in the chemical industry. 

Operations Technicians are needed to help with many of the nation’s current energy needs: oil, gas, electric power and solar manufacturing - just to name a few. They also assist in developing new technologies for tomorrow's solutions in areas such as bioenergy, fuel cells and solar energy. The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Chemical Engineering Technology at Austin Peay State University can help you jumpstart a career into this diverse field.

Why is Austin Peay State University a good place to major in Chemical Engineering Technology?

Students in the chemical engineering technology program at APSU are trained on state of the art equipment to learn the systems of processing chemical substances.  The program of study includes a solid background in chemistry, an understanding of complex chemical reactions, the ability to use and troubleshoot a variety of instrumentation, and knowledge of safety procedures.  Oral and written commications and computer skills are also emphasized.  A cooperative work program provides the opportunity for selected students to gain work experience in the chemical industry.

APSU's 63 credit-hour program is made up of 46 hours in the chemical engineering major and 17 hours of general education requirements.  All students are eligible to take the first year of courses in the program.  In order to be eligible to take chemical engineering technology courses in the second year of the program, students must complete an application and be approved to continue their studies.

APSU’s two-year associate degree program in Chemical Engineering Technology prepares students to make the transition from traditional industries to growth industries. In addition, APSU collaborates with Hemlock Semiconductor in Clarksville, Tenn., a leading manufacturer of products used in the growing solar cell technology industry, and many other companies for internship opportunities.

What can APSU Chemical Engineering Technology majors do after graduation?

The chemical engineering technology program prepares students for entry-level positions in the chemical industry.  Graduates may be employed as production operators with many in the Chemical Processing Industry. Students graduating from APSU's program have been hired by or offered positions by:

  • ChemTex International in Ohio
  • Cytec Industries in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee
  • Douglas Autotech in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • FiberWeb in Old Hickory, Tennessee
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber in Kansas
  • Hendrickson in Somerset, Kentucky
  • Innophos Corporation in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Kyzen Corporation in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Lamberti Synthesis in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Mitsubishi Electric Power Products in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nissan in Franklin, Tennessee
  • Riken Elastomers in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • The Sun Products Corporation in Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • The Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Tesoro Corporation in California
  • Trane - Ingersoll Rand in Clarksville, Tennessee

With this degree, APSU graduates are qualified for jobs with companies in electric power, solar manufacturing, oil and gas, among other industries. The degree makes you marketable for such positions and improves your chances of being employed in a number of chemical-related industries.  

How do I apply for the ChET Program?

Complete the following steps to ensure successful admission into the ChET Program.

1)     Obtain a High School Diploma or GED certificate.

2)     Complete successful admission into APSU by going to APSU Admissions.

3)     Declare CHET as your academic major.

4)     Schedule advisement with CHET faculty.

Whom should I contact to learn more about majoring in Chemical Engineering Technology?

Dr. Chester Little, Ph.D.
Director, Chemical Engineering Technology Program
(931) 221-1601