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.
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 communications 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 60 credit-hour program is made up of 43 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.
The chemical engineering technology program prepares students for entry-level positions in the chemical industry. Graduates may be employed as production operators with Hemlock Semiconductor Group. Hemlock Semiconductor is a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices, solar cells, and computer modules.
Students graduating from APSU's program have also been hired by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Wacker Chemie facility in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Chester Little, Ph.D.
Director, Chemical Engineering Program
For more information about studying chemical engineering technology at APSU, follow this link to the Chemical Engineering Information page.