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Chemical Process Operator Fast Start™

Job Training

Program Overview

Chemical Process Operator Fast Start™

Delta's 13-week Chemical Process Operator Fast Start™ program is offered when area employers indicate they are ready to hire for those positions.

Delta College and Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!, in collaboration with Dow have announced the next Delta College Chemical Process Operator Fast Start job training session will begin soon. This 13-week, 520 hour, accelerated training program is designed to prepare individuals for careers as Chemical Process Operators. 

All applicants are encouraged to visit Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! to take WorkKeys® assessments and speak with a case manager about qualifications for financial support for training.

Earning Potential

With a bachelor's degree in this field, you could have increased earning potential and a satisfying career. Plus, job growth in predicted to rise by 12% over the next 10 years. 

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $49,144 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Chemical Plant and Systems Operator
  • Chemical Equipment Operator
  • Production Supervisor
  • Chemical processing lab
    State-of-the-art technology

    Our chemical process technology lab has the equipment and technology you need for hours of hands-on experience. You will have the opportunity to use similar equipment to what you'll find on the job.

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Program Details

All Fast Start™ job training programs are run in collaboration with Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! and area employers. Fast Start™ job training is designed to get you in the workforce quickly – it's a 13-week, 40-hours-per-week program. On average, we run two sessions a year.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Half of the training is hands-on, in Delta's start-of-the-art lab.
  • 95% of those who have successfully completed this program have received full-time job offers after training.
  • You will earn 23 hours of academic credit toward Delta's associate degree in Chemical Process Technology.
What you'll learn

The program is 50 percent in the classroom and 50 percent Delta's main campus hands-on lab.

The objective of the training program is to have the student understand the following topics:

  • Description of selected or typical chemical processes
  • Chemical process operator roles and responsibilities
  • Basic physics for chemical processes
  • Valve types and operations
  • Pumps and fluid flow
  • Basic understanding of process instrumentation
  • Heat exchangers 
  • Reactor operations
  • Distillation and stripping
  • Safety issues involved in process operations
  • Quality assurance issues
Candidate qualifications

This program is ideal for individuals with two years of prior work experience in a mechanical or technical field and a desire to work in the chemical industry. These positions require employees to lift 50 lbs, climb stairs, work shifts and have a commitment to safety and teamwork.

When the application process opens, you'll need to submit:

  • Application
  • High school transcripts, diploma, or GED
  • Transcripts for each college you have attended, including Delta
  • Résumé indicating one of the following scenarios:
      • Associate's degree in a technical field PLUS one of the following:
          • 2 years of manufacturing, technical, chemical or skilled trades experience OR
          • 2 years of military experience in a technical field
      • High school diploma or GED PLUS one of the following:
          • 4 years of manufacturing, technical, chemical or skilled trades experience OR
          • 4 years of Military experience in a technical field.
  • WorkKeys Test Results - proof is required with application
      • Minimum Score of 3: Applied Technology
      • Minimum Score of 5: Applied Math, Workplace Documents, Geographic Literacy
 Funding support

Financial support may be available to those who qualify through Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!

Facts & Figures

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Job growth expected in this field over the next 10 years.

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Full-time job placement rate for this program is 95%.


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“The Fast Start™ program through Delta College and Dow has truly changed my life. I was struggling in life to make ends meet when I signed up for the class thru Michigan Works. Shortly after class started I realized this was my opportunity to get my life back for myself as well as my family."

Marc Ullom, Fast Start™ graduate